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Dr. Avery Russell is a behavioral ecologist, interested in pollinator cognition and its evolutionary consequences. He is an assistant professor of biology at Missouri State University, studying how reciprocal exploitation between plants and pollinators shapes foraging behavior and the display traits, rewards, and microbiome of flowers.
He is also passionate about outreach, mentoring and inclusion in science and enjoys long walks with the bees. More information about his lab's research and activities can be found at https://therusselllab.net.
My research focuses on the behavioral and evolutionary ecology of interactions among plants, animals, and their microbial associates, with a particular emphasis on pollinator cognition. I care deeply about science education and facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia.
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