News|Public Engagement


BBC Science in Action radio interview of Dr. Shalene Jha  “Learning about bees through paternity tests for fruits” April 5, 2018

A Native Prairie Restoration for Pollinators Project, that Dr. Elinor Lichtenberg, Dr. Shalene Jha (UT Austin) and Dr. Kristen Baum (Oklahoma State) collaborate on, was written up in the Herald Democrat in January 2018.

The Daily Texan, The University of Texas at Austin; Small bees can pull their own weight in pollination Nov. 16, 2017:

UT News, The University of Texas at Austin; Study of Secret Sex Lives of Trees Finds Tiny Bees Play Big Part, Nov. 6, 2017:

National Public Radio, Science Friday interview on native bees and the (PNAS 2017) importance of species functional breadth in ecosystem function paper:

Also see:

Bumble bee papers (Molecular Ecology 2015) discussed on the Texas Standard and The Source:

Shade coffee work (Bioscience 2014) featured in the Huffington Post:

CA bumble bee research (PNAS 2013) discussed in the NY times:

Shade Coffee and pollinator research (PNAS 2010) discussed on Weekend Edition of All Things Considered, National Public Radio.

Shade Coffee seed disperser research (Current Biology 2008) discussed on Talk of the Nation Science Friday, National Public Radio.

Laurel Treviño, Outreach Program Coordinator, Jha Lab, Integrative Biology (512) 232-3521. The University of Texas at Austin, College of Natural Sciences, 1 University Station G2500, Austin, TX 78712


PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT – Members of the lab like to share their research findings with the public. Here are graphic summaries of their research and public engagement activities.

UT Pollinator Blitz 2017 was a success thanks to master naturalists, gardeners, CNS & UT Sustainability Office staff who came to learn about native bees. Survey photos were posted on #TXpollinators iNaturalist. Co-organizers were Karen Bishop (NWF), Johnnie Smith (TPWD) and Laurel Treviño (Jha Lab).  TPWD Pollinator Blitz 2017;

UT Austin Sustainability Week, Pollinator Garden & Orchard Tour 2017 photos

UT Environmental Science Institute Scientist in Residence Program, Megan O’Connell, shares her experience working with Laurel Mountain School, Round Rock ISD Elementary:

Boy Scouts Event Summer 2017

UT – ESI Hot Science-Cool Talks, Dr. Shalene Jha Spring 2017

Waller Creek Conservancy/Animal Facts Club, Jha lab & LBJWFC – 2016






Laguna Gloria 2016 – Sara, Laurel, Megan, Kim

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Pollinator Nature Nights – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 2016


Pollinator Nature Nights – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 2015










CNS Family Day speaker Shalene Jha 2015

photo Laurel Trevino

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