This page was developed by Laurel Treviño. If you have questions or comments, please, scroll down to Public Engagement for her contact information.


UT Austin Bee Campus was certified on June 2, 2020 (Public Engagement below).

UT Biodiversity Center blog “Nesting isn’t just for the birds” check out leaf-cutter bees

BBC Radio Science in Action interviewed Dr. Shalene Jha on “Learning about bees through paternity tests for fruits” April 5, 2018 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p063dg1g

The Herald Democrat, January 2018, reported on the Native Prairie Restoration for Pollinators, a collaborative project between Dr. Elinor Lichtenberg, Dr. Shalene Jha (UT Austin) and Dr. Kristen Baum (Oklahoma State).

The Daily Texan of The University of Texas at Austin featured “Small bees can pull their own weight in pollination” Nov. 16, 2017.  http://dailytexanonline.com/2017/11/16/small-bees-can-pull-their-own-weight-in-pollination

UT News, of The University of Texas at Austin featured a study on the secret sex lives of trees in which tiny bees play a big role, Nov. 6, 2017. https://news.utexas.edu/2017/11/06/tiny-bees-play-big-part-in-sex-lives-of-trees

National Public Radio, Science Friday interviewed Dr. Jha on native bees:



Texas Standard & The Source discuss bumble bees (Molecular Ecology, 2015)



Huffington Post reported on sustainable coffee (Bioscience 2014)

The New York Times reported on California bumble bee research (PNAS 2013)   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/15/opinion/greedy-gardeners.html?_r=0

NPR All Things Considered discussed shade coffee pollinators (PNAS 2010)

NPR Talk of the Nation – Science Friday discussed shade coffee seed disperser research (Current Biology 2008). http://podcastdownload.npr.org/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510221/98746665/npr_98746665.mp3


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

Jha lab members share research & public engagement events!

The UT Biodiversity Center, in collaboration with the Jha Lab, also offers information on native pollinators and bees. See the June 21, 2020 blog that Nicole Elmer put together with Laurel Treviño’s photos and documentation of leaf-cutter bee nest-building. Nesting Isn’t Just For The Birds!

UT Bee Campus became a reality on June 2, 2020! Laurel Treviño and Shalene Jha worked with the UT Bee Campus committee since 2018 to attain Bee Campus USA certification from the Xerces Society. Below are committee members (left-to-right) Jill Parrish (UT Sustainability Center, Green Fund), Richard Zhang (Beevo student beekeepers), Laurel Treviño (Jha Lab), Jen Hrobar (Landscape Services Office), Nancy Moran (FRI Bugs in Bugs), Jack Rouse & Emily Mitchell (Beevo). 

UT members collaborate on ~10 research-based education and public engagement activities that focus on pollinators. UT offers ~14 non-academic and credit courses that include pollinators in their syllabi. UT field-lab and biological-station directors coordinate research and educational projects involving pollinators, and 4 websites inform the public about native bees. We take Longhorn bees to the rodeo!

Calendar & Events page includes a National Calendar of Events Observed by Bee Campus/Bee City USA. 5-20: UN World Bee Day, 6-3rd week: National Pollinator Day.

2022 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center “Pollinator Day” with Xerces Society volunteers, Wildflower & Jha lab staff.







In 2018 and 2019, at the invitation of the S.A.L.E. Ranch RodeoScholarship Committee, we represented Integrative Biology at the Texas Wildlife Expo of the San Antonio Rodeo where thousands of visitors learned that native bees are part of the state’s wildlife.









San Marcos Monarch Fest 2019



Laurel taught the “Native Bees of Texas” course at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in 2018, 2019, and 2021 with slide-based lectures, lab, and field components. Participants enjoy observing native bee specimens with scopes and live bees in native landscapes. Tania Zastrow (WFC) folded the course into the Texas Pollinator Bioblitz, which we’ve participated in since 2017, with UT Sustainability Office, Karen Bishop (NWF), and Johnnie Smith (TPWD). We’ll continue the tradition in 2022.

UT Austin Sustainability Week, Pollinator Garden & Orchard Tour was led by Jen Hrobar of Landscape Services and Laurel Treviño of the Jha Lab in 2017 – photos


Megan O’Connell, a grad student and Scientist in Residence in UT’s Environmental Science Institute, educated teachers and students of Laurel Mountain Elementary School, Round Rock ISD on pollinators and gardens. Fellow Jha Lab grad students helped install a school pollinator garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ_agd1bjh4

ESI Hot Science-Cool Talk was given by Shalene Jha in 2017 


Boy Scouts Event 2017

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

Sara, Laurel, Megan, Kim lead outreach activities at Laguna Gloria 2015

Laguna Gloria Kim Sarah Laguna Gloria girl w net Laguna Gloria Butterfly-Girl Lupe Laguna Gloria boy bee boxSince 2015, we’ve participated in Pollinator Nature Nights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center



Shalene Jha, PhD. was the CNS Family Day speaker in 2015