[Bahar setting up a nest box]

Bahar Salehi

B.Sc. in Biology candidate
York University
Email: bahar73@yorku.ca

Research Interests

As a research assistant, I help Scott with his projects involving urban complexity affecting bees and wasps. Recently, I've been setting up cameras on nestboxes to see how different habitats (roofs, parks, and backyards) can limit or increase foraging behaviours of bees and wasps. We will then see how potential factors such as height and urban complexity can influence their foraging behaviour. We are also working on gathering pollen samples from bee cocoons and flowers and later performing acetolysis to make a pollen database.


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Favorite Recipe




  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 4 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 5 tablespoon grated
    mozzarella cheese


  1. Boil corn in salt water until most of the water evaporates
  2. Stir in pepper
  3. Stir in butter and lime juice
  4. Take pan off stove and add mayonnaise and grated mozzarella cheese

WARNING: This recipe has known to have increased heart attacks and artery blockages. Consume with care.

Funniest Research Story

I was about to set up a camera on one of the nestboxes at Evergreen Brickworks when a black snake slithered across my path less than a meter in front of me. I turned around and ran back to my car, all the while screaming at the top of my lungs. People who saw me probably assumed I saw a bear - or most likely, they thought I was just plain crazy. For the rest of the day, I wore my super thick strong rain boots and I wouldn't take them off until I got home!

[Laurence in a good mood]
Dr. Laurence Packer
Ph.D. (Toronto)
Professor of Biology
416-736-2100 ext. 22663
[Packer Collection @ York University]
[Biology Department @ York University]
Lumbers Building 345
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J1P3, Canada