Welcome to the research pages of Dr. Avery Russell! I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman at the University of Pittsburgh. I was formerly a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Daniel Papaj at the University of Arizona.

I work with bees, flowering plants, and the floral microbiome to explore the interaction between animal behavior and floral trait evolution.

In the News!


Our Journal of Insect Science work on cactus bee mating behavior makes the front cover (in the Nov 2018 issue) and is in Entomology Today by Joe Rominiecki!

Our Evolution work on the evolution of floral sonication behavior makes the front cover, is in Scientias by Jente Ottenburghs and in University of Arizona News by !


Our Behavioral Ecology work on flexible and effective pollen foraging in the absence of learning, in University of Arizona News and EurekAlert! by Daniel Stolte and in the SICB BioScience Talks podcast!

Our Scientific Reports work on patterns of bee foraging specialization, in University of Arizona News and EurekAlert! by Daniel Stolte, in Digital Trends by Dyllan Furness, in The Daily Wildcat by Rebekah Ulmer, in The RFID Journal by Claire Swedberg, in Discovery Channel – Canada, and Televisa Chapultepec!


Our Animal Behaviour work is covered by the New York Times!

Our Evolutionary Ecology work on bees’ biased color learning covered by Dr. Peter Zschunke in Albiflora!

Interview with  Steve Goldstein at National Public Radio KJZZ 91.5 on our Animal Behaviour work!

Our Animal Behaviour work on bees not needing to learn how to collect pollen, in the New York Times, by Robin Lindsay and James Gorman!

Our Behavioral Ecology pollen foraging research, in University of Arizona News, by Robin Tricoles!

All photos copyright Avery Russell