Dr. Olav Rueppell
Our office and lab space are located in the Eberhart Building
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Our research apiary and bee facility are located
5min to the west (see map).
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Research (click on the links for more detail)
We study the causes and consequences of social evolution at multiple levels of biological organization, using honey bees as our research model. At the genetic level, we seek to identify the genes underlying complex social traits, such as behavior and life history. At the genomic level, we are interested in the exceptionally high recombination rate and comparative analyses of Apis genomes. At the cellular level, we investigate intestinal stem cells. We study different social behavior at the individual level and often connect that to biodemographic studies in the context of aging research at the colony level. We also apply our research expertise to more applied problems, such as Varroa mite resistance, to contribute to the mitigation of the ongoing honey bee health crisis, epitomized by a disease syndrome called colony collapse disorder.