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Dr. Annika Nelson


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Postdoctoral Portrait

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Susan Whitehead

Department of Biological Sciences

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In 2023 Dr. Nelson started a position as a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, studying biodiversity effects in bumble bee gut symbioses.


Dr. Annika Nelson was a Postdoctoral Associate in Dr. Susan Whitehead’s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. She is a population and community ecologist with research focused on the causes and consequences of variation in the outcomes of mutualisms between plants and animals.

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Specifically, Annika uses ecological field experiments, demographic modeling, and analytical chemistry to evaluate the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss on food-for-protection and seed dispersal mutualisms involving ants. She conducts this work across a range of ecosystems, from the mountains in Colorado to the tropics in Costa Rica. Ultimately, Annika’s goal is to obtain a position as a tenure-track faculty member at a research university to conduct work that will inform our understanding and management of ecological systems that are under threat from global change. 



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Last updated 06/01/2023.