Victoria (Tori) Reynolds

Postdoctoral Scientist – Emory University, USA

Education

PhD student – 2019, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia
Thesis: The role of wild pollinators in highly fragmented agricultural landscapes
PhD supervisor: Prof. Margaret Mayfield

Fulbright Visiting Scholar – 2018, Department of Environmental Science, Emory University, USA

Bachelor of Science in Ecology (Hons Class 1) – 2014, University of Queensland, Australia
Honors thesis: Assessing the prevalence of trade-offs between drought tolerance and competitive ability in six tree species of the Bunya Mountains
Honors supervisor: Prof. Margaret Mayfield

Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Zoology – 2013, University of Queensland, Australia

Research Interests:

I am interested in identifying the role of pollinators to native plant communities in natural and agro-ecosystems. In the past, my research involved assessing the abundance and composition of pollinators and their resource collection patterns in remnant wildflower communities of conservation concern and adjacent co-flowering canola fields. I have also conducted research into how the presence or absence of pollinating insects influence higher-order interactions in annual wildflower communities, as well as using meta-barcoding techniques to advance our understanding of the complex networks of pollination interactions occurring across large-scale agricultural landscapes. My current research will build on this work, as I hope to further develop current DNA metabarcoding practices, examine pollination networks in alpine communities that are impacted by climate change, and understand the role of pollinators in mediating plant coexistence.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications:

Reynolds, V.A., Anderegg, L.D.L., Loy, X., HilleRisLambers, J., Mayfield, M.M., 2017. Unexpected drought resistance strategies in seedlings of four Brachychiton species, Tree Physiology, DOI – 10.1093/treephys/tpx143

Wainwright, C.E., Staples, T.L., Charles, L.S., Flanagan, T.C., Lai, H.R., Loy, X., Reynolds, V.A., Mayfield, M.M., 2017. Links between community ecology theory and ecological restoration are on the rise, Journal of Applied Ecology, DOI – 10.1111/1365-2664.12975.

Publications in Preparation:

Reynolds, V.A., Martyn, T.E., Stouffer, D., and Mayfield, M.M., 2019. Pollination is a mechanism through which higher-order interactions mediate individual plant fitness. Submitted: Ecology Letters.

Reynolds, V.A., Cunningham S.A., Rader R. & Mayfield M.M., 2019. Adjacent crop type alters pollinator abundance and collection patterns in remnant wildflower communities in agricultural landscapes. Submitted: Ecological Monographs.

Reynolds, V.A., Martyn T.E., Bowler, C.H., Creer S.M., Elmer, C.M., López-Cubillos S., Raymundo M.L. and Mayfield M.M., In prep for submission. Equitable gender ratios in biology graduate students are not upheld in publication output. To be submitted to: Nature, Ecology & Evolution.

Reynolds, V.A., Saunders, M., Rader, R., and Mayfield, M.M., In prep for submission. Crop identity impacts pollinator network structure in adjacent remnant wildflower communities of high conservation value. To be submitted to: Ecology.

Awards:

  • Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship (2017 – 2018)
  • CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship – Land and Water Flagship (2016 – 2019)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award  (2015 – 2019)
  • UQ Travel Award (2018)
  • Bee Course Student Travel Award (2018)
  • The Fields Institute Travel Award (2018)

Teaching:

University of QLD – Demonstrator and Tutor:
BIOL3214 – Applied Ecology
BIOL2010 – Ecology
BIOL3370 – Animal-Plant Interactions

University of QLD – ITAR Tutor
BIOL2010 – Ecology
BIOL3000 – Conservation Biology
BIOL2006 – Biostatistics & Experimental Design

Outreach and Volunteering

  • STEAM School Workshops (2018)
  • Bring the Science to the Farmers Workshop (2017 – 2018)
  • Roots and Shoots Youth Volunteer (2016 – 2018)
  • Bee Aware Brisbane Outreach Officer (2015 – 2018)
  • UQ Environmental Science Society (2013 – 2014)
  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy Scotia (2012 – 2013)

Conferences and Workshops

Reynolds, V.A., Bell K.L., Mayfield M.M. & Brosi B.J., 2018. Improving accuracy of pollination networks – A case study of using DNA meta-barcoding techniques to assess the impacts of mass-flowering crops on pollinator floral fidelity. Contributed talk at the International Pollination Conference, UC Davis, Sacramento, CA, USA – July, 2019.

Reynolds, V.A., Cutler A., Bell K.L., Mayfield M.M. & Brosi B.J., 2018. Using DNA meta-barcoding techniques to assess the impacts of mass-flowering crops on pollinator floral fidelity. Contributed talk at the Ecological Society of Australia, Brisbane, QLD, Australia – November 2018.

Reynolds, V.A., Bell K.L., Mayfield M.M. & Brosi B.J., 2018. Important of DNA meta-barcoding for improving plant-pollinator interaction networks: A case study of the impacts of mass-flowering crops on pollinator floral fidelity. Contributed poster at the Entomological Society of America, Vancouver, BC, Canada – November 2018.

Reynolds, V.A., Brosi B.J. and Mayfield, M.M., 2018. Impacts of mass-flowering crops on wildflower pollination network structure and function. Contributed talk at the Ecological Society of America, New Orleans, LA, USA – August 2018.

Reynolds, V.A., Martyn T.E., Bowler, C.H., Creer S.M., Elmer, C.M., López-Cubillos S., Raymundo M.L. and Mayfield M.M., 2018. Equitable gender ratios in biology graduate students is not upheld in publication output. Contributed talk at the Ecological Society of America, New Orleans, LA, USA – August 2018.

Reynolds, V.A., Brosi B.J. and Mayfield, M.M., 2018. Pollinator network structures in highly fragmented agricultural habitats. Contributed talk and poster at the Fields Institute Pollination Modelling Workshop & Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada – February 2018.

Reynolds, V.A., Mayfield, M.M, and Brosi B.J. 2017. DNA meta-barcoding pollen: a next-generation approach to assessing accurate pollination networks. Contributed poster at the Australian Fulbright Acceptance Ceremony, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, Australia – March 2017

Reynolds, V.A. and Mayfield, M.M., 2016. The influence of crop identity on bee abundance across fragmented agricultural landscapes. Contributed talk at the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, WA, Australia – November 2016.