1552 University Ave
Madison, WI 53726
Taylor Tai is a graduate student in the Gratton Lab whose work focuses on bumble bee nest-founding and hibernation. Because these stages of the life cycle occur below ground for many species, little is known about how queens choose suitable nests in the spring or how their survival is impacted by winter conditions. Taylor conducts fieldwork with both common and threatened bumble bees to address these questions and inform land use practices that are sensitive to the needs of native pollinators. In addition, she is passionate about supporting ecologists from underrepresented backgrounds through research mentorship and teaching.