Hannah K. Levenson
As a community ecologist, Hannah K. Levenson is studying native bee populations across the state of North Carolina. Her research topics include measuring the impacts of conservation efforts on bee populations over time, disease ecology and interactions between different bee species, and how bee populations fit into the larger agroecosystem. Hannah has ample experience in extension, outreach, and mentoring undergrads.
Hannah successfully defended her dissertation in May 2021 and will officially graduate in the Summer 2021 term. Get in touch to find out more!
sharing research and passions with others
The Bees of North Carolina: An Identification Guide
Identifying bees on the wing is known to be tricky. The Bees of North Carolina: An Identification Guide is a beginner’s resource designed to help quickly and generally identify native bees in North Carolina. Developed by experts at NC State Extension, it provides an overview of some of the most common groups of bees in the state. The guide will help users learn to recognize bees according to key characteristics and, eventually, according to their overall appearance.
Check out the FREE PDF: https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/the-bees-of-north-carolina-identification-guide
Or purchase a bound copy: https://uncpress.org/book/9781469659022/the-bees-of-north-carolina/
If you purchase 5+ copies you can get a 25% discount with the code 01NCSU25
North Carolina Entomological Society's Outstanding PhD Student
Received October 2019
Center for Environmental Farming Systems Graduate Fellow - $10,000
Received July 2019
Southern SARE Graduate Student Grant - $16,500
Received August 2019
Garden Club of America's Centennial Pollinator Fellowship - $4,000
Received March 2019
International Pollinator Conference's Travel Award - $500
Received March 2019
Extension, Outreach, and Presentations
Bee Identification Workshop
Co-created with Assistant Professor, Elsa Youngsteadt, this workshop is a day long course designed to introduce participants to bee identification. Participants receive our identification guide, a workbook, hands on training, and field experience.
North Carolina Pollinator Conservation Alliance
The NCPCA is a partnership of 20+ organizations all focused on supporting the health and diversity of NC's pollinators through protection, restoration, and creation of pollinator habitat. As a founding member, Hannah has participated in outreach and research development.
National Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium Conference
Hannah has given over 20 academic presentations including several invited talks, like the one pictured here. She was invited to give a training presentation at the first ever National Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium which was created by professors at NC State.
Videos and Podcast on Hannah's Research
Check out NCSU's Homegrown video: https://homegrown.extension.ncsu.edu/2020/08/bee-wasp-or-fly-identifying-n-c-bees/
Check out this NCSU News article: https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/02/the-buzz-about-native-bees/
Check out NCSU's Homegrown video: https://homegrown.extension.ncsu.edu/2019/08/growing-a-pollinator-garden/
Check out the PolliNation podcast: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/pollinationpodcast/2019/05/19/97-hannah-levenson-regional-bee-communities-and-the-plants-they-like/
Check out the Tarpy Lab's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uuwl9QZepoo&feature=youtu.be
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