Meet TPI

We are an enthusiastic group of scientists with interests that align with pollinator conservation and community education! Our team consists of Tufts University faculty, graduate students and undergraduates. We regularly collaborate with Tufts Facilities and Tufts Office of Sustainability on projects to make our campus better for pollinators.

Current team members


Nick Dorian website
Bee Campus USA Committee Chair
PhD Student, Biology Department
Favorite pollinator: Patagonian bumble bee (Bombus dahlbomii)



Elizabeth Crone lab website
Professor, Biology Department
Faculty Advisor
Favorite pollinator: cellophane bee (Colletes inaequalis)


George Ellmore
Associate Professor, Biology Department
Faculty Advisor




Sylvie Finn
PhD Student, Biology Department
Secretary
Favorite pollinator: small carpenter bees (Ceratina spp.)




James Michielini
PhD Student, Biology Department
Social Media Committee
Favorite pollinator: pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor)



Atticus Murphy
PhD Student, Biology Department
Merchandise Committee
Favorite pollinator: bumble bees (Bombus spp.)




Genevieve Pugesek
PhD Student, Biology Department
Favorite pollinator: metallic green sweat bee (Agapostemon spp.)




Jessie Thuma
PhD Student, Biology Department
Social Media Committee
Favorite pollinator: Arctic bumble bee (Bombus polaris)




Isaac Weinberg
PhD Student, Biology Department
Treasurer
Favorite pollinator: bats




Bridget Re
PhD Student, Biology Department
Events Committee
Favorite pollinator: purple-throated woodstar (Calliphox mitchellii)




Collin Edwards
Post-doc, Biology Department
Favorite pollinator: cuckoo wasp (Chrysididae)



Leslie Spencer
Undergraduate, Biology Major
Events Committee
Favorite pollinator: orchid bees (Euglossini)




Karen Dooley
Undergraduate, Biology Major
Garden Committee
Favorite pollinators: monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)



Chloé Markovits
Undergraduate, Biology Major
Garden Committee
Favorite pollinator: Bicolored striped sweat bee (Agapostemon virescens)

Past team members


Natalie Kerr website
Postdoctoral Researcher, Duke University




Max McCarthy
PhD Student, Rutgers University





Rachael Bonoan website
Assistant Professor, Providence College




Maria Ostapovich
Master’s student, Biology
Favorite pollinator: blue morpho (Morpho peleides)



Alexandra Wolf
Undergraduate, Biology Major
Favorite pollinator: Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)