Letter of Recommendation

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Russell Lab manual

Best data practices

Semester planning meeting

Mentor-mentee compact

Publishing power of attorney

Authorship agreement

Bumblebee safety manual

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

We are involved in a variety of committees, initiatives, and trainings across the University and at scientific societies. Please reach out if you would like our assistance in any way. Publicly accessible documents:

Graduate College inclusive admissions criteria and attributes and evaluation practices 2021

Drafted by the Graduate Inclusive Admissions Committee

Department of Biology faculty search documents 2021

Drafted by the Organismal Conservation Biologist faculty search committee

College of Natural and Applied Sciences Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020

Drafted by the CNAS Diversity Council and accepted by CNAS Dean Tamera Jahnke.

Cultural Competency Workshop (Animal Behavior Society 2019)

Original 90 minute workshop organized by Cameron Jones, Montrai Spikes, and Avery Russell for the 2019 meeting of the Animal Behavior Society. Talks by Zuleyma Tang-Martinez and Erica Westerman, who also served as panelists alongside Patricia Brennan, Rebecca Calisi, Aimee Dunlap, and Christopher Schell. [open access resources]

Outreach Training

PowerPoint for teaching how to perform outreach

Handout for communicating outreach

Handout for designing outreach activities


Updated table of bee taxa that sonicate flowers for pollen

Original table published in Cardinal, S., Buchmann, S.L., Russell, A.L. 2018. The evolution of floral sonication, a pollen foraging behavior used by bees (Anthophila). Evolution. doi: 10.1111/evo.13446

Updated table of pollen weight per flower for entomophilous species

Original table published in Russell, A.L. & Papaj, D.R. 2016. Artificial pollen dispensing flowers and feeders for bee behaviour experiments. Journal of Pollination Ecology.

Data Tools

Spreadsheet to calculate and plot visual stimuli in bee color space [coming soon]