The Angelini Lab

Genes, genomes and growth; beetles, bugs and bees

Shutterbugs in our backyard: A guide to macrophotography

Most biologists are excited to share the animals they study with a broad audience. One of the challenges of that engagement is having compelling photographs of your subjects. Over the last several years, I’ve really enjoyed trying to take better pictures…. Continue Reading →

The soapberry bug genome project

The red-shouldered soapberry bug Jadera haematoloma (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Rhopalidae) is a scentless plant bug native to the US Gulf Coast. It feeds on several native plants of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) and, since the mid-twentieth century, has adapted to live on the… Continue Reading →

The most important puzzle ever solved

Cross-posted from Bugs in our Backyard This is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts based on content in courses I’m now teaching. Modern biology has more data than it can handle. Thanks to modern… Continue Reading →

The Problems With Growth

The title of this post is a reference to two things on my mind. The first is that, as our lives get more complicated somethings inevitably, if unfortunately, fall by the way side. One example of this is the 5-year… Continue Reading →

A map of the bees

For the last several years, members of my lab and I have been involved in surveying the diversity of bumblebees in and around Maine. I’ve been a volunteer contributor to the Maine Bumblebee Atlas, a citizen science project run by… Continue Reading →

Postdoc in wing polyphenism

My lab at Colby College has an opening for a postdoc, supported by NSF funding through April 2019. The project takes an integrative set of approaches to examine the developmental mechanisms and evolution of wing polyphenism is soapberry bugs.

Bugs In Our Backyard

New posts to our lab website have been slow in recent months. Students and I have been busy with experiments, and of course the new semester is upon us. However, I’ve also been occupied with a new project. In collaboration… Continue Reading →

Bees in our Backyard

What’s with the tents behind the baseball field? These tents contain several colonies of a native bumblebee, Bombus impatiens. These colonies are commercially available for large scale pollination. This summer our lab is investigating the expression of antimicrobial peptides in bumblebees, under… Continue Reading →

The House Carpenter

This mother’s day I was at my in-laws north of Boston. Their house has an old barn that’s been converted into an in-law apartment (ironic) with a large wooden carport. (It’s used for parking boats just as often.) The wooden… Continue Reading →

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