Laura Jones is an NSF graduate research fellow and PhD candidate in the Ecology Program. She is co-advised by Drs. Margarita López-Uribe and Rudolf Schilder. She obtained her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA (USA) in 2018. At Penn State, Laura’s research integrates principles from disease ecology and insect physiology to investigate how disease pressure and climate may impact the thermal tolerance of solitary bees across their range. She also studies how floral resource breadth and access to floral resources influences host-pathogen dynamics in pollinator communities foraging in pumpkin agroecosystems. 

To learn more about her work, check out this video.


Twitter: @LauraJonesEco

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Temperature Tolerance

Disease Ecology in Agroecosystems



Jones LJ, Ford RP, Schilder RJ, López-Uribe MM. (Submitted 2021) Honey bee-associated viruses are prevalent but not abundant in wild pollinators of cucurbit agroecosystems. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology

Jones LJ, Kilpatrick SK, López-Uribe MM. (2021) Gynandromorph of the squash bee Eucera (Peponapis) pruinosa from an agricultural field in central Pennsylvania, United States of America. Journal of Melittology 100: 1-10 [pdf][blog post]