Wednesday, December 19, 3:30 -4:30 p.m. ASA Great Room
For much of his professional life, biologist Nick Waser has been fascinated by and studied the pollination of wildflowers by hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators. He will discuss his interests and research findings during his December 19 lecture at the Arizona Senior Academy. His lecture has the intriguing title, “Polygamy and Divorce in Plant-Pollinator Relationships, or the Ocotillo’s Story.”
In addition to plant-pollinator interactions, Dr. Waser’s research interests have included plant reproductive biology, ecological genetics, conservation biology, demography, and microevolution, foraging behavior of hummingbirds and bumblebees, and ecology of desert animals and plants.
After receiving his B.A. Degree from Stanford University in 1970, Dr. Waser spent a year doing research in neuropharmacology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, then a year of graduate study at Cornell University. In the 1990s he spent a sabbatical year at Macquarie University in Australia. Over the years, he and his wife, with whom he has conducted research, have done summer research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he has served as president.
Dr. Waser met his future colleague and wife, Mary Price, at the University of Arizona in the 1970s, where both received their Ph.D. Degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology. While he was completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Utah, she served as an instructor in biology there. The two of them then became faculty members at the University of California, Riverside, initially sharing a full-time position in the Biology Department. At UCR Dr. Waser taught evolution, ecology, animal behavior and genetics. The couple returned to Tucson in 2004 where both have continued their research and teaching as adjunct professors.
The author of numerous articles in professional journals, Dr. Waser has been a guest speaker at many scientific conferences around the U. S. and abroad, including the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, and Brazil.
Written by Academy Village Volunteer H. Deon Holt