Kaira Wagoner

Kaira Wagoner

Kaira Wagoner

Research Scientist

(336) 334-5391
206 Eberhart Building


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro


I am interested in honey bee chemical communication, particularly as it related to the social immune mechanism hygienic behavior. Hygienic behavior is the ability of adult honey bees to detect and remove unhealthy brood from the hive, improving the overall health of the colony. My doctoral dissertation was an investigation of the relationships between common stressors, brood-signaling, hygienic behavior, and selective breeding in the honey bee. As a post-doctoral fellow, I have continued this work and am currently using natural honey bee stress signals to develop an assay for the improved selection of hygienic behavior.

Recent Publications:

2019: Fouks B, Wagoner KM. Pollinator parasites and the evolution of floral traits. Ecol Evol. 2019;00:1–16. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4989

2018: WAGONER K.M., M. SPIVAK, O. RUEPPELL. Brood affects hygienic behavior in the honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Journal of Economic Entomology.

2017: WAGONER K.M., O.RUEPPELL. Effects of steel foundation wire on elemental content and hygienic removal of honey bee (Apis mellifera) brood. Journal of Apicultural Research, 56:270-277.

2014: WAGONER K.M., T. LEHMANN, D.L. HUESTIS, B.M. EHRMANN, N.B. CECH, G. WASSERBERG. Identification of morphological and chemical markers of dry- and wet-season conditions in female Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes. Parasites & Vectors, 7(1):294.

2013: WAGONER K.M., H.F. BONCRISTIANI, O. RUEPPELL. Mulitfaceted responses to two major parasites in the honey bee (Apis mellifera). BMC Ecology, 13(1):26.