Avery Leigh Russell – Principal Investigator
Avery is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Missouri State University. He is a behavioral and evolutionary ecologist interested in how flexibility in foraging behavior shapes the ecology and evolution of plant-animal-microbial interactions. His current work focuses on how plant-pollinator reciprocal exploitation shapes foraging behavior, floral traits, and microbial associates.
Parker Fane – Graduate Researcher
Parker is a Master’s student who gets excited about all things outdoors. She is excited to get to keep playing around in the lab, and learning more about how the world works around her. She is specifically excited to learn more about both bee behavior and the bee microbiome and will keep polishing her microbiology skills and her budding interests in behavior and ecology
Faith Dall – Undergraduate Researcher
Faith Dall is an undergraduate studying biology with a minor in chemistry. I love all things cute and small, including our lovely little bee friends! I’m excited to be able to work with live critters and learn new techniques in the lab! In my free time I like to collect plants to add to my mini forest that’s slowly accumulating in my apartment (all plant cuttings welcome) *hint hint*
Twitter handle: @callmeDALLface
Maggie Mayberry – Undergraduate Researcher
Maggie is an undergraduate studying wildlife biology with the intention of getting a MS’s in high school education. She spends most of her time outdoors with her dog, Princess Bagels. Maggie has a passion for learning about animals of all sizes. She’s un-bee-lievably excited to study bee cognition and behavior!
Twitter handle: @maggiebaymerry
Vanessa Morales – Undergraduate Researcher
Vanessa is an undergraduate studying wildlife biology. She loves animals of all kind, and likes to observe and identify those she finds around her family ranch. Vanessa is especially excited to learn about the behavior and life of some of our planet’s smallest workers – bees!
Abilene Mosher – Undergraduate Researcher
Abilene is an undergraduate working in wildlife biology with interests in ecology. She is excited to learn more about bee-havior!
Randie Rogers – Undergraduate Researcher
Randie is an undergraduate studying evolutionary biology and chemistry. She is fascinated with insects! She is ecstatic to research bees! She loves hiking and adventuring all around the country. Her hobbies include mushroom collecting in her hometown and identifying insects for all of her friends from poorly taken photos.
Steph Sanders – Undergraduate Researcher
Steph is an undergraduate studying wildlife biology with a minor in biochemistry. She is very interested in animal behavior and training. Steph also loves bees! She’s been keeping bees for three years now and is excited to expand her adoration for bees by learning about their cognitive abilities as well as expanding her bee pun vocabulary! Steph’s buzzing with excitement!
Liam Wilson – Undergraduate Researcher
Liam is an undergraduate currently studying for his degree in environmental and evolutionary biology. His primary area of interest is behavioral patterns in animals, which he hopes will be furthered while working in Dr. Russell’s lab. Liam also really enjoys being outdoors, specifically northern regions, playing music in the MSU PRIDE band and has an almost obsessive love of penguins.