My current work focuses on how pollinator nutrition and behavior affect the reproduction of both plants and their pollinators. Most recently, supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, I have been investigating the effect of floral reward composition and quality on bee behavior and pollination efficiency.
I use a battery of lab, field, and modeling techniques to address these questions.
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Plant Pollinator Publications:
3) Leonard AS, Francis JS. 2017. Plant-animal communication: past, present and future. Evolutionary Ecology. DOI:10.1007/s10682-017-9884-5.
2) Muth F, Francis JS, Leonard AS. 2016. Bees use taste to determine which flowers to visit. Biology Letters. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0356.
1) Francis JS, Muth F, Papaj DR, Leonard AS. 2016. Nutritional complexity and the structure of bee foraging bouts. Behavioral Ecology. 27(3).