I'm a melittologist (native bee researcher) specializing in pollination ecology, especially the role of bees as pollinators in wild lands and agroecosystems. Main research interests include buzz pollination, oil flowers and their bees, nesting and mating biology of Sonoran bees (especially Xylocopa and Centris spp.), pollination biophysics, pollen diet breadth in bees, floral volatiles, the chemistry of floral rewards, competition between honey bees and native bees, conservation and restoration biology. Ph.D. advisor for UA students in Entomology and EEB. Publications include >200 refereed scientific articles and 11 books. My latest book is "The Reason for Flowers" (Feb 2016) from Simon & Schuster (Scribner). Hobbies include hiking, cross country skiing, macro and landscape Nikon DSLR photography, scanography, 3D scanning and 3D printing, fine art bronzes, creative writing.
Wulfila Gronenberg, A. Raikhelkar, E. Abshire, J. Stevens, E. Epstein, K. Loyola, M. Rauscher and S. Buchmann. 2014. Honeybees (Apis mellifera) learn to discriminate the smell of organic compounds from their respective deuterated isotopomers. Proc. R. Soc. B2014 281, 20133089, published 22 January 2014.
Russell, A.L. Buchmann, S.L., Papaj, D.R. 2016. How a generalist bee achieves high efficiency of pollen collection on diverse floral resources. Submitted to Current Biology.
Papaj, D.R., Buchmann, S.L. and Russell, A.L. 2016. Division of labor of anthers in heterantherous plants: Flexibility of bee pollen collection behavior can act to keep plants honest. In press, special issue of Arthropod-Plant Interactions.
Cardinal, S., Buchmann, S.L. and Russell, A.L. 2017. The evolution of floral sonication, a pollen foraging behavior used by bees. Submitted to PNAS.