Undergrad Research Day at the State Capitol!

We are thrilled that two of our undergraduate researchers, Lucas Lauter and Owen Ireton, were able to present their research at the University of Missouri’s Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. They presented posters under the capitol rotunda in Jefferson City and met other students and state legislators. Notably, these are the first in person posters presented by our lab since the entomology meeting in 2019!

Owen presented work he’s been working with grad student Rachel Brant on honeybee competition with native bees around St. Louis. Lucas presented on work he’s been doing with grad student Avery Baker on what bees find memorable about flowers and other bees. Great job representing the lab and our campus!

The campus newspaper wrote an article about the event. https://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2022/04/11/um-system-undergraduate-research-day-2022/

Color Preference in Orchid Bees

Andreia and Aimee attended the first all virtual Animal Behavior Society meeting last week. It was really great to have a chance to see all the talks asynchronously, so neither of us missed anything we wanted to watch. The challenging part of the talks for everyone was fitting a presentation into only six minutes!

Andreia summed things up well:

And here is Andreia’s talk if you’d like to hear a little bit about her dissertation work on orchid bees.

On preparedness in pollination

Aimee gave a talk at the European Society of Evolutionary Biology meeting in Turku, Finland on something that she and Andreia have been working on. It was part of a really great symposium on eco-evo feedbacks in pollination. The whole symposium is on YouTube, but here’s a link to Aimee’s talk.

Let Aimee and Andreia know if you have any thoughts! Andreia is working on a manuscript on preparedness in pollination right now with Aimee, and Aimee is working on a manuscript on the evolution of preparedness with Andreia.