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Avery Russell


Program: Ph.D.
Minor: Neuroscience

Advisor: Dan Papaj

Research & Interests:

I am an Entomology and Insect Science graduate student with a minor in Neuroscience. I completed an undergraduate degree in Entomology and Plant Science at Cornell University in 2011 and am now doing research in the Papaj Lab. I have a long standing interest in neuroethology and have recently begun exploring the buzz pollination behavior of bees. I am currently focused on investigating this behavior in bumblebees via simple experiments. I first plan to investigate which visual and chemical floral cues are used by bumblebees, which will help me to understand what traits are important across buzz pollinated flora. I will then explore how these cues impact bumblebee learning and which responses are innate or learned. As floral and bumblebee traits vary, I would also like to examine how this variation impacts buzz pollination behavior.

Honors and Awards:
2011 NSF-GRFP Honorable Mention

GIDP Teaching Assistantship 2012-2013

Undergraduate Degree:

B.S. 2011, Cornell University

Prior Appointments:

Last updated 14 Dec 2015