While Holly is researching the native bees for her Honours thesis, 本科生Lisl和靛蓝已经参与了这个研究项目，作为他们“工作整合学习”的一部分. 靛蓝 is a Zoology and 生态 student, while Lisl majors in Earth and Data Science. 他们一起致力于了解杀虫剂和气候变化对本土蜜蜂的有害影响.
The research has already seen some positive changes in the community so far. Lisl在高地的一个农场工作，他们对种植的不同水果使用杀虫剂, and she has taken what she’s learned into her workplace.
“I wanted to see what effect the pesticides have on the bees, 希望能和经理谈谈考虑改变他使用的农药种类,”她说.
“美高梅app已经计划在农场建立一个蜜蜂花园，在那里美高梅app将种植不同高度的本地树木，并安装一个喷泉. Hopefully it will bring more bees to the area.”
Holly is also hoping to build on the research of previous JCU students from past years. “我希望引入温度元素，测试不同的杀虫剂对蜜蜂对不同温度的耐受性是否有影响,”冬青说. “This is super important, especially facing climate change. 蜜蜂对气候的微小变化都非常敏感，展望未来，美高梅app真的需要知道如何更好地缓解温度波动，帮助保护美高梅app的蜜蜂.“更好地理解这些热应激源将为美高梅app关于本土蜜蜂的一些最重要的问题提供答案，并为杀虫剂的应用提供证据.
The research to understand the native bees requires patience and attention to detail. Lisl and 靛蓝 have been working together to prepare containers for capturing the bees. “美高梅app在集装箱设计方面做了很多试点，试图找到最好的，”霍利说. “We tried placing the vials horizontally, 面朝外, or facing downwards, as well as trialling different types of sugar-soaked cotton wool for the bees to feed on. We think we’ve found what will be the most efficient design.最后, 让研究团队能够插入测试瓶的容器设计是将处理蜜蜂所造成的任何额外压力最小化的最佳选择.
The process has been as beneficial for the bees as it has been for the research team.
“很高兴看到你需要在多大程度上适应这些挑战. 美高梅app能够解决问题，重新振作起来，努力工作来弥补时间. So it’s just been good to see that things can go wrong in the real world, but you just work through it.”
靛蓝斯宾塞, JCU Student
Thankfully the native bees that the team are working with are friendly and don’t sting! 冬青回忆, “美高梅app开始将蜜蜂收集到单独的容器中，然后将它们转移到实验容器中. We had a few escapees while I was transporting them in my car.”