“Nothing is to be feared, only understood.” -Marie Curie
Dr. Laura Russo joined our department in 2019. Her lab focuses on pollination ecology, primarily with native bees. She previously completed three post-doctorates before coming to Tennessee, the first at Cornell University, the second at Penn State, and her last at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland which was funded by the prestigious Marie Curie Sklodowska fellowship. She enjoys the outdoors and her hobbies include biking, swimming, kayaking, rock climbing, and photography. Her lab motto is “DON’T PANIC” and remains an excellent source of support for students.
-Win-win scenarios between conservation and agriculture, particularly with regards to the maintenance of ecosystem services
-Pollinator health and nutrition, pollen quality, and plant-pollinator network structure