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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT & NEWS (scroll to bottom of page)

Laurel Treviño Murphy is the Outreach Program Coordinator for the Jha Lab in the Integrative Biology Department at the The University of Texas at Austin, College of Natural Sciences, 1 University Station G2500, Austin, TX 78712 –  ltrevino@austin.utexas.edu

Jha lab members share research & public engagement!

Megan O’ConnellEnvironmental Science Institute – Scientist in Residence taught Laurel Mountain Elementary School students about pollinator gardens & Jha Lab members installed a pollinator garden,  https://www.youtube.com/watch

UT Biodiversity Center‘s blog on leaf-cutter bees: Nesting Isn’t Just For The Birds!        by Nicole Elmer & Laurel Treviño

UT Bee Campus On June 2, 2020, UT Austin attained certification from Xerces Society! Committee members (left-right) Jill Parrish (UT Sustainability, Green Fund), Richard Zhang (Beevo), Laurel Treviño (Jha Lab), Jen Hrobar (Landscape Services Office), Nancy Moran (FRI Bugs in Bugs), Jack Rouse & Emily Mitchell (Beevo) 

UT Austin offers 10 research-based education and public engagement activities focused on pollinators; 10 non- and credit courses include pollinators; biological station directors coordinate research projects on pollinators; 4 websites information on native bees; and longhorn bees go to the rodeo!                                     Bee Campus National Calendar & Events

Pollinator Day 2022 – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Xerces Society, Jha lab


Texas Wildlife Expo at the San Antonio Rodeo – in 2018 & 2019, thousands of visitors learned that native bees are part of the state’s wildlife thanks to hosts: S.A.L.E. Ranch Rodeo Scholarship Committee who invited us to represent Integrative Biology!

Laurel has taught the “Native Bees of Texascourse at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center since 2018 – participants observe native bees in labs and landscapes. Tania Zastrow folded the course into the Texas Pollinator Bioblitz



Pollinator Garden & Orchard Tour  2017 – UT Austin Sustainability Week        Jen Hrobar, Landscape Services & Laurel Treviño, Jha Lab photos


ESI Scientist in Residence, Megan O’Connell, installed a pollinator garden at Laurel Mountain Elementary School https://www.youtube.com/watch

ESI Hot Science-Cool Talk on native bees was given by Dr. Shalene Jha in 2017 


Laurel taught Boy Scouts about native bees in 2017

Waller Creek Conservancy – Animal Facts Club – Jha lab – LBJWFC in 2016

Laguna Gloria 2015 outreach activities were led by Sara, Laurel, Megan, Kim

Laguna Gloria girl w net Laguna Gloria Butterfly-Girl Lupe Laguna Gloria boy bee box

Laguna Gloria Kim Sarah 

Jha Lab has participated in Pollinator Nature Nights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center from 2015-2019



Shalene Jha was the CNS Family Day speaker in 2015