EEB master’s student Alli Injaian has been awarded an EEB/Matthaei Botanical Gardens Research Fellowship to help fund her research at the gardens. Injaian’s advisor is Professor Elizabeth Tibbetts.
“Amazingly, like humans, Polistes fuscatus paper wasps are specialized to learn the faces of nest-mates, allowing them to recognize individuals,” said Injaian. “Development behind this specialization may be age-based; therefore during the spring/summer I plan to test the face learning ability of young (3-day) and old (10-day) wasps. This research will allow us to better understand the development of specialized face learning. The EEB/Botanical Gardens Fellowship will allow me to build new nest boxes, which house P. fuscatus. If you build it – they will come!” Injaian received just over $600.