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University of Nevada Reno
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Who We Are

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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. Felicity Muth

Felicity has explored the cognitive basis of foraging for multiple resources. She's discovered that bees not only learn and remember visual associations based on pollen (protein) rewards, but they also can learn that one color of flower offers only nectar and the other only pollen. While she continues to push this NSF-funded study in a few new directions, Felicity is beginning research into circadian learning (AAUW fellowship) and the sublethal effects of pesticides on cognition (L'Oreal/AAAS Fellowship and USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship).


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.


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.


Devon Picklum

Devon is an EECB PhD student, broadly interested in how pollinator behavior can mediate interactions between co-flowering plant species on ecological and evolutionary timescales. Her field-based project explores patterns of putative floral signal convergence and possible facilitation in two Sierra Nevada wildflower species.


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)