Areas of Expertise:
bioinformatics, transcriptomics, genomics, RNAi
honey bees, bumble bees, ants, wasps
My program seamlessly integrates research, education, outreach and service related to the biology and health of honey bees and other pollinators. My research addresses both basic and applied questions, using a highly trans-disciplinary approach encompassing genomics, physiology, neurobiology, behavior, and chemical ecology. My program consists of two main areas of study, which examine the mechanisms underlying social behavior and health in honey bees and related species. Our studies on social behavior seek to elucidate the proximate and ultimate mechanisms that regulate complex chemical communication systems in insect societies. Our studies on honey bee health examine how biotic and abiotic stressors impact the individual at the molecular, physiological and behavioral level, and have begun to examine how responses to these stressors can be modulated by social and environmental contexts.