Dr. Olav Rueppell
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LAST UPDATED Sept. 2011
“For so work the honey-bees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom” ~ William Shakespeare
Honey bees display a dazzling array of behavior in a social context. While some aspects are found in non-social organisms (e.g. feeding) many specialized behaviors have evolved in honey bees that are directly related to their sociality (e.g. food sharing = trophallaxis). Honey bees also exhibit a spectacular division of labor among their workers. Most of the specialization is age-dependent. However, some aspects are not, and even the age-dependent progression through tasks is influenced by genotype. We are interested in the proximate causation of inter-individual variability in the performance of these behaviors. However, we have also started to address the pressing question how these behaviors interact with life history: how does behavior change with age, and how do these behaviors in turn influence aging rates?
also interested in the mechanisms that create the genetic diversity within
colonies that enhances the division of labor