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The Mola Lab

Welcome!

The Mola Lab is located in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University. We’re a part of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

The lab conducts a variety of work mostly centered on pollinator and pollination ecology and conservation. Check out the Research page for more on our work or feel free to reach out to discuss anything related to insects or plants!


Photo of the lab Fall 2023
Photo of the lab and associates from a fall 2023 lab meeting. From left to right: Nancy, John, Jessie (Davis Lab), Nicki, Sophia, Ryleigh (Davis Lab), Kyle, Veronica, Laura, Hayley (Poveda Lab), Nathan

Lab News and Musings

  • An unusually (good) year for Colorado bumble bees so far
    There have been several interesting and notable bumble bee observations along the Front Range this year. I wanted to summarize them to bring attention to these intriguing observations in hopes of gathering more information and energizing folk’s interest in seeking more bumble bee observations.  It’s possible that this seemingly good year for bumble bees in… Read More »An unusually (good) year for Colorado bumble bees so far
  • Lab Kudos!
    Although rejection is often the norm in scientific research and careers, successes do occur and they are sweet to enjoy. It’s been a big few weeks in the lab with multiple awards, fellowships, and grants being received (more information on some of the big grants soon)! Well done everyone!
  • New paper on Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Genetics
    Our paper on Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis) genetics is out in Journal of Insect Ecology. It’s open access, so give it a read. There has also been a decent chunk of press coverage on it. You can see some of that below:
  • Front Range Student Ecology Symposium
    The lab had a strong showing at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium including multiple graduate students helping to organize the symposium (with Kyle Ruszkowski taking on the role of President and our very own Sophia Gulutzo designing the logo)! At the Symposium, Nancy Bartholomew presented a poster, Sophia Gulutzo and Nicki Bailey presented in… Read More »Front Range Student Ecology Symposium
  • Publication on Western Bumble Bee Declines
    New paper out on declines of Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis) led by Will Janousek and Tabitha Graves at USGS. This was an interesting effort to be a part of, with a long series of expert meetings and revisions leading to the final product. The results don’t paint a promising future for Western Bumble Bee,… Read More »Publication on Western Bumble Bee Declines

Mola Lab
Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
1472 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1472