Dr. Joseph R. Coelho, Professor of Biology, has published an article in the Journal of Thermal Biology entitled, “Thermal biology of Pacific cicada killers, Sphecius convallis Patton, in the Upper Sonoran Desert.”  The study describes the behaviors and strategies that these large wasps use to survive and carry out their life cycle in this challenging environment.  The study is a result of a two-month research expedition Coelho and his collaborators spent in Ruby, a ghost town in southern Arizona.  His coauthors include Chuck Holliday of Lafayette College, Jon Hastings of Northern Kentucky University, and QU alumna Christy Phillips.

You can access the article online through May 8th here.