Gordon Frankie, Professor

Closed (1) California Native Bees in Bay Area School Gardens

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2017.

A local elementary school in Fairfax, Marin Co. has been the site of development of a bee habitat garden for the past year. It was designed with plants that attract native bees and is ready to be monitored by our lab for the diverse bees it will attract. Further, observations on how the biology teacher will integrate her coursework with the garden and how the garden will be used as habitat to protect a local natural resource (native bees). Some gardening work will be done to manage plants to encourage prolonged blooming. This project will involve time at the garden, working with children, and in the lab curating bees. In addition to the Faxifax site similar work will be done at other school bee gardens.


We are seeking a motivated undergraduate student with interests in entomology and ecology. Along with a desire to learn, we would like someone who wants to be involved with many different project aspects including field work data collection, specimen curation, plant and insect identification, and database preparation in MS Access. There will be opportunities to continue on with this project in the spring and summer.

Will gather information on the behavioral and ecological relationships of native California bees to their host plants at several SF bay area established school bee gardens. Will do some plant gardening at schools to attract specific native bee species. Will do outreach to several schools either in the form of designing activities for the teacher or presentations to the class.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Sara S Leon Guerrero, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Required experience: 1) Gardening: eg planting, watering, and weeding.

Desirable but not essential: 1) Work experience with children K-5. 2) Insect pinning or labeling. 3)Knowledge of California native plants.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Related website: http://helpabee.org

Closed (2) Monitoring the Manipulation: Creating Native Bee Habitat in California Orchards

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

Six farms in Brentwood (conventional and organic) will be monitored for native bee populations. Three of the orchards will have native bee habitat constructed by adding a variety of ornamental plants. The amount of habitat will vary from a few hedgerows to 1.5 acres of native bee habitat. The remaining three orchards will have no new plant material added and will serve as a comparison. This project will involve a multifaceted outreach approach to farmers in the Bay Area and throughout the state. The farms will be visited every two weeks to monitor and record native bee populations and minor garden upkeep.


We are seeking a motivated undergraduate student with interests in entomology and ecology. Along with a desire to learn, we would like someone who wants to be involved with many different project aspects including field work data collection, specimen curation, plant and insect identification, and database preparation in MS Access. There will be opportunities to continue on with this project in the spring and summer.

Will gather information on the behavioral and ecological relationships of California native bees to the added ornamental host plants and orchard flowers. Will analyze and curate native bees collected from the farms. Will do some data entry in MS Access database. Will do outreach at several local and statewide farming conferences, meetings, and events.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Sara S Leon Guerrero, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Desirable but not essential: 1) Some background in insect/plant ecology. 2) Insect pinning or labeling experience. 3)Knowledge of California native plants. 4) MS Access database skills

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Related website: http://helpabee.org

Closed (3) California Statewide Urban Native Bee Survey

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2017.

The Urban Bee Lab has been conducting a statewide native bee survey of 35 urban gardens in nine California cities. This study focuses on the relationship between native bees and their host flowers. These records have been used to create a comprehensive list of plants to attract native bees. However first all plants are evaluated at the Oxford Tract bee garden to assess the consistency and level of attractiveness to native bees. This project will involve research at the Oxford garden and other northern California garden sites such as Mill Valley and Santa Cruz. Work done at the gardens will include gardening to maintain and create habitat for native bees, frequency counts and collections of native bees, and outreach events to the public and gardeners.

We are seeking a motivated undergraduate student with interests in entomology and ecology. Along with a desire to learn, we would like someone who wants to be involved with many different project aspects including field work data collection, specimen curation, plant and insect identification, and database preparation in MS Access. There will be opportunities to continue on with this project in the spring and summer.

Will gather information on the behavioral and ecological relationships of California native bees to ornamental host plants. Will spend time at UCB Oxford Tract bee garden for bee monitoring and gardening. Will analyze and curate native bees collected from sites. Will do some data entry in MS Access database. Will assist in some outreach to the general public and gardeners in the form of presentations and bee walks.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Sara S Leon Guerrero, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Required experience: 1) Gardening: eg planting, watering, and weeding.

Desirable but not essential: 1) Some background in insect/plant ecology. 2) Insect pinning or labeling experience. 3)Knowledge of California native plants. 4) MS Access database skills

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Related website: http://helpabee.org