Cole Morokhovich ’20

Major

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Project Title

Climate Change and Plant-Pollinator Interactions in the Rocky Mountains

I interned with the Stoddard Lab conducting research on broad-tailed hummingbirds at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado. My goal was to better understand how the hummingbirds perceive color and how climate change is affecting their pollination behavior. I used a spectrometer to collect data on the colors of flowers the hummingbirds visited. This allowed me to create a color map for how they may view the landscape. I also set up time-lapse cameras at certain flowers to record hummingbird visits. This provided insight into the effect climate change is having on pollination behavior. This experience taught me a lot about color vision in birds, gave me experience working with spectrometers and cameras, and exposed me to the challenges of working in an unpredictable environment. Most importantly, it showed me firsthand the devastating consequences of climate change on mountainous areas. I really enjoyed the work I did, but it left me with many questions. I hope to return next summer to answer some of these questions for my senior thesis.



Internship Year

2018

Project Category

Biodiversity and Conservation

Organization(s)

Stoddard Lab, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University- Gothic, Colorado

Mentor(s)

Mary Caswell Stoddard, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology