Our Super Achiever

Carolyn's Honours research focused on investigating the effect of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) on the European honey bee. To achieve this she developed a cage system to house small bee colonies (pictured). This world first cage system can be used for effect studies on entire bee colonies instead of traditional research on individual bees, thereby allowing greater understanding of the long term impact of environmental contaminants.

Carolyn is currently working on publishing papers on her cage system, the PFOS effect study and a study regarding the uptake of environmental PFOS in honey bees in the Williamtown, NSW area. In March 2019, Carolyn will commence her PhD during which she will further investigate the impact of PFOS on honey bees and also research the effect of glyphosate on honey bees.