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.

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I am truly grateful for your generosity, which has allowed me to research this summer. I have learned so much, and I continue to grow in knowledge and curiosity. It has been a wonderful experience to interact with life in such a hands-on and personal way. Thank you!
  • Major: Environmental Science
  • Mentor: Robert Dudley, Integrative Biology