Advisor: Dan Papaj
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
B.S. 2011, Cornell University