Couvillon is one of 15 new tenure-track faculty members hired in the college. New positions were identified to bring new talent to its focus areas, such as food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.
Couvillon is a broadly trained bee researcher with a particular interest in the how/where/when honey bees and other flower-visiting insects collect their food in the landscape, thereby providing the ecosystem service of pollination.
Her research plans to scale up a methodology that she helped develop that uses honey bees as environmental consultants. Their unique and fascinating foraging and recruitment dance behaviors represent an untapped resource for ecology that may be used to evaluate the profitability of the landscape for all flower-visiting insects.