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I am interested in studying how pesticide exposure impacts the foraging decisions of insect pollinators and the implications this may have for plant-pollinator interactions.

I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Wanting to learn more about the mechanisms that underly sensory and cognitive behaviour in animals, I moved to England and earned a master’s degree in animal behaviour from the University of Exeter. During my masters I started working with honeybees, investigating whether honeybees could detect the presence of polyethylene microplastics (PE-MPs) in floral nectar solutions and if imbibing PE-MPs decreased survival over time. My curiosity to examine if pesticides alter the honeybee’s ability to degrade microplastics has eventually led me to my current position.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Behavioral Sciences Biology
  • Environmental Sciences

Free keywords

  • Conservation biology
  • Pollination
  • biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Toxicology


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