Co-Director, Undergraduate major in Environmental Science
My current research addresses ecology of native bees in natural and agricultural systems. I am interested in the major stressors on health and how these interact, with a focus on pathogens, pollen and nectar sources, plus impacts of landuse and exposure to pesticides. I am carrying out long-term surveys of native pollinators to assess changes in diversity and abundance, particularly bumble bee species. I am also interested in fundamental and applied aspects of insect-plant interactions, especially those that can inform biointensive, reduced-risk management strategies for pests and conservation of beneficial species.
- PLSOILIN 397K—Insect Ecology and Management (3 credits, taught every year)
- ENT 511—Insect Behavior (3 credits, taught odd years)
- BIO 287/NRC252—Ecology (3 credits; every Spring)
Suni, S.S., Z. Scott, A. Averill, and A. Whitely. 2017. Population genetics of wild and managed pollinators: implications for crop pollination and the genetic integrity of wild bees. Conservation Genetics 10.1007/s10592-017-0955-5
Dibble, A.C, A.L. Averill et al. 2017. Bees and their habitats in four New England states. Maine Agric. Forestry Exp. Station (MAFES).
Averill, A.L., N. Hahn, and M.M. Sylvia. Inventory of wild bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) visiting cultivated cranberry. Northeastern Naturalist (submitted)
Xu, G., E.Palmer-Young, K. Skyrm, T. Daly, M. Sylvia, A. Averill and S. Rich. Triplex Real-Time PCR for detection of Crithidia mellificae and Lotmaria passim in honey bees. J. Invertebrate Pathology (submitted)
Tewari, S., J.P. Buonaccorsi, and A.L. Averill. 2014. Developing fruit inhibit the regrowth of cranberry shoots after apical meristem injury by larvae of Dasineura oxycoccana (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae). Canadian Entomologist: 154: 1-9.
Medina, R.F., Z. Szendrei, K. Harrison, R. Isaacs, A. Averill, E.A. Malo, and C. Rodriguez-Saona. 2014. Exploring host-associated differentiation in the North American native cranberry fruitworm, Acrobasis vaccinii (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), from blueberries and cranberries. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 150: 136-148.
Tewari, S., J.P. Buonaccorsi, and A.L. Averill. 2014. Physiological integration plays key role in cranberry (Ericale: Ericaceae) for tolerance of damage by Dasineura oxycoccana (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae). Environmental Entomology 43: 75-82.
Tewari, S. J.P. Buonaccorsi, and A. L. Averill. 2013. Impact of early-season apical meristem injury by gall-inducing tipworm (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) on reproductive and vegetative growth of cranberry. J. Economic Entomology 106: 1339-1348.
Tewari, S. and A. L. Averill. 2012. Injury to apical meristem of cranberry by Dasineura oxycoccana (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) reduces floral-units in the next growing season. J. Economic Entomology 105: 1366-1378.
Averill, A.L. 2011. Nest location in bumble bees: effect of landscape and insecticides. American Bee Journal 151 (12): 1187-1190
Morkeski, A. and A.L. Averill. 2010. Wild bee status and evidence for pathogen spillover with honey bees. American Bee Journal 150 (11): 1049-1052.
Szendrei, S., A.L. Averill, H. Alborn, C. Rodriguez-Saona. 2011. Identification and field evaluation of semiochemically-based attractants for the cranberry weevil, Anthonomus musculus Say (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). J. Chemical Ecology 37: 387-397
Welch, A., F. Drummond, S. Tewari, A.L. Averill, J.P. Burand. 2009. Presence and prevalence of viruses in local and migratory honey bees (Apis mellifera) in Massachusetts. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75(24): 7862-7865
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