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.

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Twitter handle: @DrAverbee
Tweet about us: #RussellLab @MissouriState @MOStateResearch #MOSResearch

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!

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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