Welcome to the Russell Lab at Missouri State University! We focus on the behavioral and evolutionary ecology of interactions among plants, animals, and their microbial associates, with a particular emphasis on pollinator cognition.
We care deeply about equity and science education, we strive to be anti-racist, and we are dedicated to communicating our passion about insects, plants, and natural history, and facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.
We live and work on unceded traditional territory of the Kiikaapoi, Sioux, and Osage. We recognize that acknowledging the provenance of the land is the minimum and working to ‘land back‘ is the goal***.
Post-bac researcher Vanessa Morales is awarded a 2021 SACNAS Student Presentation Award for her outstanding research presentation!
Graduate researcher Parker Campbell is awarded a Thesis Funding Grant from MSU!
Post-bac researcher Vanessa Morales is awarded the Outstanding Senior Award from MSU, is accepted into the Animal Behavior Society’s Turner Program, Dartmouth’s EEES Scholars Program, and Cornell’s Diversity Preview Weekend!
Graduate researcher Maggie Mayberry is awarded a Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research!
Undergraduate researcher Vanessa Morales is awarded an Honorable Mention for her poster at the MoLSAMP Undergraduate Research Symposium 2021 and also gives an oral presentation at the Missouri Academy of Sciences!
Undergraduate researcher Abilene Mosher gives an oral presentation at Beta Beta Beta Research Symposium and leaves for her REU at Oregon State University!
Undergraduate researcher Vanessa Morales is awarded a 2021 Minority Scholarship from the Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust!
Graduate researcher Parker Campbell is awarded a Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Grant in Aid of Research!
Undergraduate researcher Abilene Mosher gives an oral presentation at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology!
Undergraduate researcher Vanessa Morales gives a research talk at the Idea Network of Biomedical Research (INBRE) and is awarded an honorable mention!
Undergraduate researcher Abilene Mosher gives a poster presentation at the CNAS Undergrad Research Symposium and is awarded 2nd place!
Undergraduate researcher Abilene Mosher is awarded a Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) Honor Society research grant!
Undergraduate researcher Stephanie Sanders is awarded a Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research!
In the news
Interview with Tim Vandervoet at Entomology Society of America on mentoring and the lab!
Interview by Vanessa Morales with Ashley Lenahan at CNAS NewsWatch on Vanessa’s bee host specialization research!
Interview by Parker Campbell with Ashley Lenahan at CNAS NewsWatch on Parker’s gut-brain bee behavior research!
Russell Lab featured in a Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology blog post!
Russell Lab members featured in a Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology video interview!
Interview with Ashley Lenahan at CNAS NewsWatch on our floral mimicry and bee cognition research!
Interview with David Cornelison at KSMU Stem Spots on bee behavior and cognition, flower evolution, and microbial interactions!
Interview with Kimberly Barlow at Pittwire on bee friendly habitats!
Interview and podcast with Matt Candeias at In Defense of Plants on bee behavior and cognition, flower evolution, and microbial interactions!
Our Behavioral Ecology work on flexible and effective pollen foraging in the absence of learning, in University of Arizona News and EurekAlert! by Daniel Stolte and in the SICB BioScience Talks podcast!
Our Scientific Reports work on patterns of bee foraging specialization, in University of Arizona News and EurekAlert! by Daniel Stolte, in Digital Trends by Dyllan Furness, in The Daily Wildcat by Rebekah Ulmer, in The RFID Journal by Claire Swedberg, in Discovery Channel – Canada, and Televisa Chapultepec!
All photos copyright Avery Russell