About Me

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
Rachel Carson

Hello! My name is Rachel Brant and I am a PhD student at University of Missouri- Saint Louis, studying urban bee behavior in Dr. Aimee Dunlap’s lab. I received my Master’s of Science in Biology from Saint Louis University in 2018, and completed a thesis dissertation under Dr. Gerardo Camilo, entitled “Body size phenology of a social sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, across three urban environments”, which analyzed how a plastic social sweat bee shifted its body size phenology in three different midwestern cities; Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, and St. Louis, MO.

Currently I am interested in how bee diversity, ecology, and behavior are shaped by human dominated landscapes. As human populations continue to increase, and urban regions expand, I believe there is a strong need to understand how animals and plants, and most importantly our pollinators, are affected.

I have experience in bee identification, taxonomy, and curation, as well as in experimental design.

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