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Bees Can Legally Be Fish in California

Posted by Jennifer Jackson on June 21, 2022

Bees are considered fish? As of a May 31st ruling by the California Third District Court of Appeal, insects, mollusks, and other spineless creatures falling under the umbrella term “invertebrate” are protected as “fish” under the California Endangered Species Act. The Act was designed to protect “native species or subspecies of a bird, mammal, fish, amphibian, reptile, or… Read More>

Shedding Daylight on Sunscreens

Posted by Jennifer Jackson on June 21, 2022

Authors: Nikki Maples-Reynolds, Scott Dyer, and Raghu Vamshi – As summer gears up and our thoughts turn toward sunny days at the beach–and ways to avoid the sun from harming our skin–we, as scientists, also consider how our actions and choices impact those sharing the world’s environment. One of those actions is whether the use… Read More>

Waterborne Environmental Inc. names Paul Barboza as its new CEO

Posted by Jennifer Jackson on August 20, 2021

LEESBURG, VA – Waterborne Environmental Inc. (Waterborne), a global consulting firm focused on environmental, ecological, and human risk services, today announced Paul Barboza has been named the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Prior to joining Waterborne, Barboza, an engineer with a business background, was a highly successful executive within the IT and Government Contracting… Read More>

Recent News: Check Out our Newest Publication!

Posted by Jenn Collins on July 29, 2021

In our newest publication, accepted and published on the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry website, we assess vulnerabilities to pesticide exposures across multiple bee species. This analysis highlights several uncertainties in the use of the Western honey bee as a surrogate species for pesticide risk assessment based on various bee traits and ecologies.

Aquatic Systems Models: A Virtual Mesocosm Could be a Regulatory Tool of the Future

Posted by Jenn Collins on July 29, 2021

Aquatic mesocosm studies have long been considered a higher-tier tool for informing risk assessments under European regulations. These simulated pond studies are designed to investigate the impact of a pesticide on an aquatic ecosystem and use the complexities of multiple trophic levels and long-term study duration to observe patterns of impact and recovery. As presented… Read More>

Pop-GUIDE: Providing Risk Assessors with a Critical Population Modeling Tool

Posted by Jenn Collins on July 29, 2021

Population models provide a means for relating individual-level responses to a stressor to changes in population abundance and structure. The models’ value is in their ability to reduce uncertainty in the extrapolation of organism-level ecotoxicological observations and endpoints to ecologically relevant effects. However, there are many challenges incorporating population models into the ecological risk assessment… Read More>

Case Study: Application of an Ecological Model (BEEHAVE) to Large-Scale Honey Bee Colony Feeding Studies

Posted by Jenn Collins on July 29, 2021

In our June newsletter, we mentioned the recent release of a 2-part publication series in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry presenting 1) a model validation of BEEHAVE and 2) an application of BEEHAVE. This month, we’re taking a deeper dive into these two publications and, through a case study, will show both how the BEEHAVE model… Read More>

Understanding the Complex Dynamics of Endangered Species and Pesticide Exposure through Population Modeling

Posted by Jenn Collins on July 29, 2021

Some species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) occur in agricultural landscapes where their habitats have the potential to be exposed to pesticides. Aquatic species, in particular, may be at risk to pesticides applied to nearby agricultural fields, even though applications are not made directly to the aquatic habitat. Population modeling has emerged as… Read More>

Delicate pollinator-plant relationships: Forged through coevolution and critical considerations for risk assessment

Posted by Jenn Collins on June 7, 2021

Pollinator-plant relationships represent some of the most striking examples of mutualism and coevolution in all of nature. We’ve discussed in our pollinator protection article how native bees can be generalists, often thriving on a diverse availability of flowering plants. This diversity is a benefit to both bee and plant alike. From a bee’s perspective, diverse… Read More>

Recent and Upcoming Highlights from our Pollinator Protection Work

Posted by Jenn Collins on June 7, 2021

Much of the most recent research in pollinator protection, and in fact a lot of new ecological research in general, is focused on computer model simulations, such as the BEEHAVE model. In particular, recent honeybee-specific projects have incorporated BEEHAVE to simulate the development of a honeybee colony and its nectar and pollen foraging behavior in… Read More>