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Principal Investigator

Dr. Elinor Lichtenberg - Assistant Professor


Dr. Lichtenberg is a behavioral and community ecologist. She is interested in how plant-pollinator interactions change with the biological community in which they are taking place under global change. She combines empirical (field and lab), modeling and meta-analytic approaches, and conducts research in both temperate and tropical systems.

Dr. Lichtenberg's CV and Twitter page

Research Staff

Grad students

Shannon Collins - MS student


Shannon joined the Lichtenberg Lab in January 2021 and is pursuing a M.S. in Biology. She currently studies the impacts of livestock grazing on ground-nesting bee communities via changes to nesting and foraging resources. Broadly, Shannon is interested in disturbance ecology, soil-plant-pollinator interactions, and regenerative land management. She is also passionate about socio-environmental justice and sustainable community development.


Alejandra Gage


Alejandra joined the lab in 2021. Alejandra is pursuing a BS in Environmental Science at the University of North Texas. She is interested in behavioral studies surrounding birds and insects, specifically those that live around freshwater streams. She has experience banding native migratory passerines and identifying macroinvertebrates under a microscope. In addition to helping the Lichtenberg Lab, Alejandra is conducting an independent project in Dr. Kennedy's lab, identifying micro-wasps from pitfall traps in Chile. Alejandra is passionate about improving diversity in the STEM field, and always looking to help individuals of underrepresented groups get involved.

Pronouns: she/her

Pablo Lopez


Pablo joined the lab in 2021. Pablo is a third-year UNT Ecology major with an interest in animal behavior and interaction. He has been involved in sustainability, primarily as the secretary of the We Mean Green Fund Committee, a UNT-based organization that aims to provide funding for student-led and student-centered sustainability endeavors on UNT campus. He is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM, especially as a son of Latino immigrants and a first-generation college student.

Pronouns: he, him, his

Marie Muniz

Marie joined the lab in 2020. She is majoring in Ecology for Environmental Sciences, and minoring in Chemistry. Marie's interests include ecology, human impacts on the environment, climate science, and environmental policy.

Brand Richter

Brand joined the lab in 2021.

Lab Alumni

Michelle Vohs - Our first Lab Manager! (2020-2021)

Michelle is broadly interested in plant-pollinator interactions and conserving native bees. Her previous projects include developing seed mixes for pollinators to maximize their restoration potential while lowering costs. She has experience with native and honey bees, but is most curious about habitat needs for native bees. Additionally, Michelle has a commitment to improving diversity and inclusion in her community, especially in STEM.

B.S. Conservation Biology and Entomology (minor), 2017, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Michelle's Twitter page

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