Front Range Student Ecology Symposium

The annual Front Range Student Ecology Symposium (FRSES) is this week! Our lab members have been working hard on poster presentations and workshops! See below for our labs involvement with FRSES!

Alia Smith: Presenting a poster titled “A comparison between professional research and crowdsourced citizen science observation of Bombus species on iNaturalist”

Nicki Bailey: Hosting a panel on Communicating Ecology to the Public

Alyssa Connaughton, Melissa Morales, and Alia Smith: Hosting a workshop on How Citizen Science Can Help You!

Bowser/Halliwell Prospective Student/Employee Opportunities

Interested in joining the lab in 2023? We recently hosted an informational session for prospective students. If you’d like to learn about more opportunities, please view this Zoom link.

Passcode: 63ef@fcG

We are also hosting a Scientists in Parks (SIP) with the National Park Service. This is a 52-week paid internship. Application and information for this opportunity can be found at the site below.

Ramping up for the 2022 field season!

The Bowser/Halliwell lab looks forward to upcoming summer opportunities, including the return of the Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network (RMSSN), the pilot year of work on National Park Service Pollinator Inventories (Yosemite, Colorado National Monument, Zion, Crater Lake, and more), and the continuation of research in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.

Interested in learning more about our field work? Visit RMSSN or Park Pollinators.

Happy trails to Kodiak

We said our sad goodbyes to Gillian’s (mom’s) dog, Kodiak/King Chunk earlier this week. Kodiak was 17 and a NYC transplant due to COVID-19 pet restrictions. He found his love of the outdoors, his voice, and Fort Collins and all its good people. Sending hugs to Gillian’s family and we hope Kodiak is enjoying all the good smells up above.

Interested Student FAQ !!

The Bowser Lab is hosting a Pollinator Hotshot/prospective graduate student webinar on 12/3/2021 at 12 PM Mountain time. Registration is required!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Dec 3, 2021 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please follow this link or use the QR code above!! We look forward to meeting interested students then!

The Youth Environmental Alliance in Higher Education (YEAH) is heading to COP 26!

Gillian and Jacob (MS student) ESS are heading to the COP in Glasgow, Scotland with the YEAH network! They will meet up with Pollinator Hotshot alumni, Daniel Dominguez, who is currently a Marshall Scholar at the University of Glasgow! Students participating in the YEAH Network directly increase public scientific literacy by sharing their research at the annual COP meetings of the United Nations. Student participants of the YEAH Network are trained to apply their learning into multitudinous career paths, whether it be scientific research, economics, business, academia, health fields, policy, or other related fields.

For more information, please see YEAH’s website:

Welcome to Dr. Philip Halliwell!

The Bowser lab warmly welcomes Dr. Philip Halliwell as our new research scientist! Phil received his PhD in Sustainability Education from Prescott College in 2019. Dr. Halliwell has previously worked with groups such as RMSSN, the Pollinator Hotshots, and other citizen science efforts. He will co-supervise the NPS Pollinator Hotshot project that started this fall. Welcome, Phil– we are delighted to have you on our team! For those wishing to contact Phil, please email


Congratulations to our former Pollinator Hotshot (2020) Andy Rohlf on his transition to the Army National Guard, and his deployment to Kuwait in October. We wish you the best of luck on your next adventure!


Congratulations to our former Pollinator Hotshot (2020) Cristal Dominguez Vasquez, a senior fish, wildlife and conservation biology student in the Warner College of Natural Resources, who received a $500 prize for her second place poster submission at the MURALS (Multicultural Undergraduate Research Art and Leadership) Symposium at Colorado State University. Her project examined how the Soapstone bison have several intersectional stories through art.

To view Cristal’s winning poster, click here. For more information on this year’s MURALS, click here. We are so proud of your hard work, Cristal!