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.

View Avery’s CV
Twitter handle: @DrAverbee
Tweet about us: #RussellLab @MissouriState @MOStateResearch #MOSResearch

Parker Campbell – 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

Twitter handle: @runnergirl_fane
Instagram: @parker_fane

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 Mayberry

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 Morales

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 Mosher

Abilene is an undergraduate working in wildlife biology with interests in ecology. She is excited to learn more about bee-havior!

Twitter handle: @AbbyMosher1
Instagram: @spookyabilene

Steph Sanders – Undergraduate Researcher

Steph Sanders

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!

Twitter handle: @steffsandwich
Instagram: @steffsanders

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.

Twitter handle: @Simple_Liam
Instagram: law1wilson

Lab Alumni

Former lab members who have gone on to bigger and better things! We miss them dearly!

Randie Rogers – Undergraduate Researcher

Randie Rogers

Randie is 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. She is currently taking a temporary break from her undergraduate studies.

Twitter handle: @Randsherm
Instagram: @randsherm