Research

Social Behavior

Living in large societies, such as honey bee colonies, requires and allows for behavioral innovations. We are interested in how the complex…


Aging Research and Biodemography

Honey bees are unique models to understand the biology of aging because they show extreme plasticity in aging and live in complex,…


Honey Bee Viruses

Numerous viruses have been discovered in honey bees and we focus on the important Deformed Wing Virus and Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus….


Genetics of Complex Traits

Most important traits are complex and we study the genetic architecture of several such traits to explore the connection between genotype and…


Biology of Stress

We seek to explore different model stressors and the honey bee’s biological responses to them because stress and stress resistance are intimately…


Ectoparasitic Varroa Mites

We study the biotic interactions between the ectoparasitic Varroa mite and its honey bee host. Varroa is regarded by many scientists and…


Meiotic Recombination and Genomes of Social Insects

We are interested in understanding how and why social evolution affects genome features, such as the extraordinary meiotic recombination rate of honey bees.