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I am a post-doctoral research associate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, working with Dan Papaj and Anna Dornhaus.

My primary interests are centered in pollination ecology. I am especially interested in how floral traits of different modalities vary with respect to pollinators and the cognitive aspects of pollinator preference towards certain floral traits. I am also interested in how innate preferences can change over time, as different cues are learned.

I studied gustatory variation (nectar traits) in wild tobacco species during my graduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia, under Timothy Holtsford. I further investigated visual and olfactory variation between these species during my postdoctoral work with Robert Raguso at Cornell University. While there, I also examined innate responses of hawkmoths to these wild tobacco species, exploring likely floral traits that contributed to overall attractiveness and/or facilitation of foraging. I collaborated with Candace Galen and Robert Raguso on a project aimed at determining how olfactory variation affected both pollinators and illegitimate visitors of the alpine skypilot in the Rocky mountain tundra.

I am currently investigating how bumblebees learn complex floral traits.






Contact Info
Rainee Kaczorowski
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
BioSciences West Rm. 512
1041 E. Lowell St.
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Fax: (520) 621-9190

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