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Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Dr. Douglas Sponsler

Postdoc

Telephone: +49 (0)931 31-87282
e-Mail: douglas.sponsler@uni-wuerzburg.de

ORCID: 0000-0002-4892-9332

University of Würzburg
Room C-018, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter - Am Hubland

97074 Würzburg, Germany

  • Spatiotemporal and behavioral perspectives on plant-pollinator ecology
  • Urban ecology and human-nature interactions
  • Social insects
  • Honey bee biology and beekeeping

Bumble bees and wildflowers of the Berchtesgadenr Alps

  • Interaction dynamics through time and elevation
  • Floral resource partitioning by coexisting generalists

Douglas B. Sponsler, Ph.D.

Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg

University of Würzburg

Room C-018, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Biocenter - Am Hubland

Würzburg, Germany

Email: dbs31@psu.edu

Phone: 330-749-2171

 

EDUCATION

2011-16    Ph.D., Entomology, The Ohio State University

2007-10    B.S., Biology, Cedarville University

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2020--    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology,

    University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

2018--    Research Associate, Department of Botany, Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.


2017-20    Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Entomology / Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State University, State College, PA.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Refereed journal articles

2020    Richardson RT, Eaton T, Lin C-H. Cherry G, Johnson RM, Sponsler DB. Honey bee pollen foraging ecology across an urbanization gradient. Molecular Ecology.

2020    Sponsler DB, Shump D, Richardson RT, Grozinger CM. Characterizing the floral resources of a North American metropolis using a honey bee foraging assay. Ecosphere 11(4):e03102. 10.1002/ecs2.3102.

2020    Sponsler DB, Grozinger CM, Richardson RT, Nurse A, Brough D, Patch H, Stoner K. A screening-level assessment of the pollinator-attractiveness of ornamental nursery stock using a honey bee foraging assay. Scientific Reports 10:831.

2020    Douglas MR, Sponsler DB, Lonsdorf EV, Grozinger CM. County-level analysis reveals a rapidly shifting landscape of bee toxic load on US farmland. Scientific Reports 10:797.

2020    Richardson RT, Sponsler DB, McMinn-Sauder H, Johnson RM. MetaCurator: A hidden Markov model-based toolkit for extracting and curating sequences from taxonomically-informative genetic markers. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 11:181-186.

2019    Sponsler DB, Grozinger CM, Hitaj C, Rundlöf M, Botías C, Code A, Lonsdorf EV, Melathopoulos AP, Smith DJ, Suryanaryanan S, Thogmartin WE, Williams NM, Zhang M, Douglas MR. Pesticides and pollinators: a socioecological synthesis. Science of the Total Environment 662:1012-1027.

2019    Richardson RT, Curtis HR, Matcham EG, Lin C-H, Suresh S, Sponsler DB, Hearon LE, Johnson RM. Quantitative multi-locus metabarcoding and waggle dance interpretation reveal honey bee spring foraging patterns in Midwest agroecosystems. Molecular Ecology 28:686-697.

 

GRANTS

2020        Grozinger CM, Sponsler DB. 2020. Establishing the Penn State Honey Diagnostics Lab to serve Pennsylvania Beekeepers. Pennsylvania Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grant. ($47,797)

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

2020    Sponsler DB. Landscape-scale flow/dearth monitoring: a robust method for messy data. Presentation, 4th International Conference on Bee and Hive Monitoring. October 8, 2020. Virtual meeting.

2019    Sponsler DB. Landscape anthecology: a paradigm, a toolkit, and an application. Presentation, American Entomological Society. December 4, 2019. Philadelphia, PA.

2019    Sponsler DB.  Floral resource topography of a North American metropolis revealed by honey bee foraging assay. Presentation, Academy Research Seminar, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. November 15, 2019. Philadelphia, PA.

2019    Sponsler DB, Shump D, Richardson RT, Grozinger CM. Floral resource topography of North American metropolis revealed by honey bee foraging assay. Presentation, International Conference for Pollinator Biology, Health, and Policy. July 20, 2019. Davis, CA.

 

SYMPOSIA/WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED
 

2020    Bee Colony Weight Data: A Workshop on Theory and Methodology. Penn State Center for Pollinator Research. February 18 – 20, 2020, University Park, PA.

 

OUTREACH

Citizen science

2019--    Administrator, Arthropod-Flower Interactions, an iNaturalist project that records paired observations of flowering plants and arthropod visitors with the goal of building species interaction networks. https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/arthropod-flower-associations

2019--    Administrator, Flowers of Philadelphia, an iNaturalist project that tracks floral phenology in the Greater Philadelphia area. https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flowers-of-philadelphia

Workshops / field trips

2020        Exhibitor, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Hosted an exhibit of bees diversity for Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.

2019        Workshop Instructor, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Led live honey bee dance decoding activity for museum visitors during the annual BugFest event.

2019        Workshop Instructor, Penn State University, University Park, PA. Five-day USDA-PDSTEP workshop (APPL-RED) training middle and high school teachers to develop project-based lessons on plant-pollinator interactions

2019        Workshop instructor, Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, Philadelphia, PA. Workshop  for urban gardeners and farmers to build nests for stem-nesting wild bees.

2019        Workshop instructor, Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA. Workshop for urban gardeners and farmers to build nests for stem-nesting wild bees.

2019        Workshop instructor, Penn State Center, Philadelphia, PA. Workshop for urban gardeners and farmers to build nests for stem-nesting wild bees.

 

Outreach presentations

2019    Sponsler DB. The world’s best forager vs. the world’s most complicated landscape: Three years of studying honey bee foraging in Philadelphia. Presentation, Barnstable Beekeepers Association, Sept 16, 2019, Barnstable, MA.

2019    Sponsler DB. Bees, brews, and brotherly love: the avant garde ecology of Philadelphia. Presentation, Science on Tap, National Mechanics Pub, May 12, 2019, Philadelphia, PA.

2019    Sponsler DB. Bees and urban flora: exploring the trophic ecology of ornamentals, remnants, and “weeds” in the city. Presentation, Philadelphia Botanical Club, Feb 28, 2019, Philadelphia, PA.

2019    Sponsler DB. The evolving science and policy of pesticides and pollinators. Presentation, Pennsylvania Agronomy Education Conference. Jan 17, 2019, Boalsburg, PA.

2019    Sponsler DB. Integrated tools for honey bee landscape ecology. Presentation, American Honey Producers Association. Jan 11, 2019, Tempe, AZ.

 

SERVICE
2019    Panel member contributing to the formulation of a diversity and inclusion statement for Penn State University’s Department of Entomology

Refereed journal articles

Richardson RT, Eaton T, Lin C-H. Cherry G, Johnson RM, Sponsler DB. (2020) Honey bee pollen foraging ecology across an urbanization gradient. Molecular Ecology.

Sponsler DB, Shump D, Richardson RT, Grozinger CM. (2020) Characterizing the floral resources of a North American metropolis using a honey bee foraging assay. Ecosphere 11(4):e03102. 10.1002/ecs2.3102.

Sponsler DB, Grozinger CM, Richardson RT, Nurse A, Brough D, Patch H, Stoner K. (2020) A screening-level assessment of the pollinator-attractiveness of ornamental nursery stock using a honey bee foraging assay. Scientific Reports 10:831.

Douglas MR, Sponsler DB, Lonsdorf EV, Grozinger CM. (2020) County-level analysis reveals a rapidly shifting landscape of bee toxic load on US farmland. Scientific Reports 10:797.

Richardson RT, Sponsler DB, McMinn-Sauder H, Johnson RM. (2020) MetaCurator: A hidden Markov model-based toolkit for extracting and curating sequences from taxonomically-informative genetic markers. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 11:181-186.

Sponsler DB, Grozinger CM, Hitaj C, Rundlöf M, Botías C, Code A, Lonsdorf EV, Melathopoulos AP, Smith DJ, Suryanaryanan S, Thogmartin WE, Williams NM, Zhang M, Douglas MR. (2019) Pesticides and pollinators: a socioecological synthesis. Science of the Total Environment 662:1012-1027.

Richardson RT, Curtis HR, Matcham EG, Lin C-H, Suresh S, Sponsler DB, Hearon LE, Johnson RM. (2019) Quantitative multi-locus metabarcoding and waggle dance interpretation reveal honey bee spring foraging patterns in Midwest agroecosystems. Molecular Ecology 28:686-697.

Sponsler DB, Matcham EG, Lin C-H, Lanterman JL, Johnson RM. (2017) Spatial and taxonomic patterns of honey bee foraging: a choice test between urban and agricultural landscapes. Journal of Urban Ecology 3:1-7.

Sponsler DB, Johnson RM. (2017) Mechanistic modeling of honey bee pesticide exposure: the missing keystone of honey bee toxicology. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 36:871-881. Winner of 2016 ET&C Best Paper award

Sponsler DB, Johnson RM. (2015) Honey bee success predicted by landscape composition in Ohio, USA. PeerJ 3:e838.

Richardson RT, Lin C-H, Sponsler DB, Quijia-Pillajo JO, Goodell K, Johnson RM. (2015) Application of ITS2 metabarcoding to determine the provenance of pollen collected by honey bees in an agroecosystem. Applications in Plant Sciences 3:1400066

 

Popular or semi-technical articles

Sponsler DB, Johnson RM. (2017) Poisoning a society: a superorganism perspective on honey bee toxicology. Bee World 95:30-32.

Sponsler DB. (2015) Honey bee success in Ohio’s landscapes. Ohio Beekeeping 4:26-27.

Sponsler DB, Lin C-H, Johnson RM. (2014) Honey bee losses and toxic corn seed dust. Ohio Beekeeping 3:11, 23

Refereed journal articles

Sponsler DB, Shump D, Richardson RT, Grozinger CM. (2020) Characterizing the floral resources of a North American metropolis using a honey bee foraging assay. Ecosphere 11(4):e03102. 10.1002/ecs2.3102.

Sponsler DB, Grozinger CM, Richardson RT, Nurse A, Brough D, Patch H, Stoner K. (2020) A screening-level assessment of the pollinator-attractiveness of ornamental nursery stock using a honey bee foraging assay. Scientific Reports 10:831.

Douglas MR, Sponsler DB, Lonsdorf EV, Grozinger CM. (2020) County-level analysis reveals a rapidly shifting landscape of bee toxic load on US farmland. Scientific Reports 10:797.

Richardson RT, Sponsler DB, McMinn-Sauder H, Johnson RM. (2020) MetaCurator: A hidden Markov model-based toolkit for extracting and curating sequences from taxonomically-informative genetic markers. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 11:181-186.

Sponsler DB, Grozinger CM, Hitaj C, Rundlöf M, Botías C, Code A, Lonsdorf EV, Melathopoulos AP, Smith DJ, Suryanaryanan S, Thogmartin WE, Williams NM, Zhang M, Douglas MR. (2019) Pesticides and pollinators: a socioecological synthesis. Science of the Total Environment 662:1012-1027.

Richardson RT, Curtis HR, Matcham EG, Lin C-H, Suresh S, Sponsler DB, Hearon LE, Johnson RM. (2019) Quantitative multi-locus metabarcoding and waggle dance interpretation reveal honey bee spring foraging patterns in Midwest agroecosystems. Molecular Ecology 28:686-697.

Sponsler DB, Matcham EG, Lin C-H, Lanterman JL, Johnson RM. (2017) Spatial and taxonomic patterns of honey bee foraging: a choice test between urban and agricultural landscapes. Journal of Urban Ecology 3:1-7.

Sponsler DB, Johnson RM. (2017) Mechanistic modeling of honey bee pesticide exposure: the missing keystone of honey bee toxicology. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 36:871-881.

Sponsler DB, Johnson RM. (2015) Honey bee success predicted by landscape composition in Ohio, USA. PeerJ 3:e838.

Richardson RT, Lin C-H, Sponsler DB, Quijia-Pillajo JO, Goodell K, Johnson RM. (2015) Application of ITS2 metabarcoding to determine the provenance of pollen collected by honey bees in an agroecosystem. Applications in Plant Sciences 3:1400066

 

Popular or semi-technical articles

Sponsler DB, Johnson RM. (2017) Poisoning a society: a superorganism perspective on honey bee toxicology. Bee World 95:30-32.

Sponsler DB. (2015) Honey bee success in Ohio’s landscapes. Ohio Beekeeping 4:26-27.

Sponsler DB, Lin C-H, Johnson RM. (2014) Honey bee losses and toxic corn seed dust. Ohio Beekeeping 3:11, 23