Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Julia Choi

Hummingbird Dietary Preference for Fermented Nectar

Frugivores and nectarivores are naturally exposed to low levels of alcohol within their diets as a result of fermentative yeasts. This research project explores the preference of Calypte anna (Anna’s Hummingbird) for varying concentrations of ethanol in nectar. We will be running binary choice tests to measure nectar consumption rates and investigate hummingbird behavior. This research may reveal the effect of alcohol in hummingbirds’ diets and give insight into human alcoholism.

Message To Sponsor

Thank you so much for your generosity. It has been such a wonderful experience to research with hummingbirds this summer. This opportunity allowed me to grow confidence in my skills and knowledge, and I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you!
Major: Environmental Science
Mentor: Robert Dudley, Integrative Biology
Sponsor: Chandra Research Fellows - Chandra Fund
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