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University of Nevada Reno
Fleischmann 311A

(775) 784-1932


Who We Are


Dr. Anne Leonard

I am an Associate Professor in the UNR Department of Biology, affiliated with graduate programs in both Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology as well as Integrative Neuroscience. Before joining UNR in 2012, I was previously a Darwin Fellow at UMass Amherst, a PERT Fellow at the University of Arizona, and a PhD student in the UC Davis Animal Behavior Graduate Group. I am currently an Associate Editor at Evolutionary Ecology and Journal of Pollination Ecology. Beyond trying to teach bees, I also teach a class on scientific thinking for non-majors (spring: Bio 125), as well as a course on sensory ecology and evolution (fall: Bio 418).

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Lab Members


Dr. Sarah Richman

Sarah started as a postdoctoral researcher in Fall 2018, joining our NIFA-funded team studying how pesticides and nutrition interact to impact bee health. Current projects include refining preference assays to measure bees’ responses to pesticides found in nectar, as well as exploring how neonicotinoid pesticides impact bee physiology and performance under nutritionally realistic conditions.


Dr. Anthony Vaudo

Anthony joined the group in summer 2019, and brings his expertise in pollinator nutritional ecology to our NSF-funded project, Nutritionally Complex Floral Rewards in a Community Context.


Jacob Francis

Jake is a PhD Candidate in the EECB graduate group. He is interested in understanding what factors drive foragers' collection of multiple nutrients, and how those decisions translate into reproductive success for plants. Supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Jake explores these questions through a combination of lab-based behavioral experiments, modeling approaches, and fieldwork at local Sierra Nevada field sites. Jake has also led our lab's affiliation with the Daugherty Scholars, a group of STEM education majors who spend time shadowing researchers.


Anna Tatarko

Anna joined the EECB graduate program as a PhD student in Fall 2018. She has been working on a NIFA-funded collaboration with Dr. Dennis Mathew’s lab to explore the effects of pesticides and nutrition on insect sensory systems, using electrophysiological techniques.

Recently eclosed Undergraduates

  • Cheyenne Acevedo (pollen foraging behavior)

  • Emily Breslow (neuroethology)

  • Rene Bonilla (pollen preferences)

  • Jonathan Vivet (floral color change)

  • Simon White (comparative venom project)

  • Brandy Reynolds (nectar chemistry and bee foraging preferences)

  • Amanda Scampini (stress, learning and memory)

  • Harvi Singh (pollen and memory)

  • Jacob Brannam (pollen foraging and plant vs. pollinator performance)

  • Phillip Breslow (lipid perception and learning)

  • Hector Arciniega (pollen + nectar foraging)