Faculty Advisor

Hannaford, Sue

Area of Study

Science and Mathematics

Publication Date

Summer 2011


Neural Plasticity is one of the most fascinating and complex aspects of neuroscience. Due to the complexity of neural plasticity mechanisms, simple models are used to study neural plasticity. The bumblebee, Bombus huntii provides an ideal model organism with which to study neural plasticity, particularly the way it is affected by age and activity1. The Mushroom Body is the portion of the B. huntii brain that is responsible for higher order sensory integration and experience related learning so it will be the focus of this study.


University of Puget Sound

nielsen_summer_2011_poster.ppt (1169 kB)
Poster in MS PowerPoint format

nielsen_summer_2011_reflection.pdf (19 kB)