Originally from Colorado. I am a rising senior at the College of Wooster, in Ohio. I am currently studying Neurobiology.
Using a predetermined color scale I am interested in observing pollinator preference based on pollen-to-petal color contrast. Using ideal contrast floral displays grown in the green house, I will create arrays with both high and low contrast flowers to observe natural pollinator foraging. Along with array observations I will be assisting in the maintenance and cultivation of bumblebees (Bombus impatiens) and attempting to train the bees to recognize higher contrast flowers. The thought process being that if they can be trained with rewards to recognize contrast, they would also be able recognize that contrast in the wild.
Being raised in a state that treasures its wilderness and wildlife so much has instilled a life long love with interacting with the wild around us. Having the opportunity to study the American bell flower in its native areas is a treat that I am very excited about.