We are looking for graduate students and postdocs – please contact Clare Rittschof if you are interested:
Students and postdocs will be part of a project that investigates how social experiences shape genome dynamics and behavior in the honey bee. Students with a background in biology, entomology, or a related discipline, and a strong interest in molecular biology, bioinformatics, and/or neuroscience, are strongly encouraged to apply. Recent or upcoming PhD graduates with experience in molecular biology and bioinformatics are encouraged to inquire about postdoc positions.
Congratulations Grayson Grume!
Grayson’s Master’s thesis manuscript was recently published in Animal Behaviour:
Grume, G.J., S.P. Biedenbender, and C.C. Rittschof, Honey robbing causes coordinated changes in foraging and nest defence in the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Animal Behaviour, 2021. 173: p. 53-65.
Congratulations to Rebecca Westwick!
Rebecca sailed through her qualifying exams and is now a PhD candidate!
Congratulations Hanna Carr!
Hanna’s undergraduate research manuscript “Honey bee aggression: evaluating causal links to disease-resistance traits and infection” was recently accepted for publication in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology! (Summer 2020)
Lab receives funds to use study the aggressive honey bee brain and links to neurodegeneration
With Dr. Patrick Sullivan (UK College of Medicine), the lab was awarded a University of Kentucky Neuroscience Research Priority Area grant to assess metabolic dynamics in the honey bee brain using metabolomics approaches.
Congratulations to Amanda Dunaway!
Amanda passed her qualifying exams (Summer 2020) with flying colors!
Congratulations to Rebecca Westwick!
Rebecca received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research Award for her work on social interactions and health response.
Congratulations to Grayson Grume!
Grayson successfully completed his M.S. degree (Spring 2020) and has taken a position with the Florida State Parks Service.
Lab receives funds to study honey bee viruses in Kentucky (spring 2020)
The lab received 2 years of support from the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund to develop methods for Kentucky honey bee virus testing, and to study the impacts of nutrition on viral presence and abundance. Caroline Kane will work on this project for her M.S. degree.
Congratulations to Taylor Napier and Anna Foose!
Taylor and Anna received competitive summer research fellowships from the UK Office of Undergraduate Research (Summer 2020). Both are working on honey bee behavior, health, and aggression.
Congratulations to Jimmy Harrison!
We are pleased to welcome Jimmy back to the lab as our new research technician. Jimmy was a neuroscience major in the lab. His work as an undergraduate was recently accepted for publication in Scientific Reports!
Congratulations to Rebecca Westwick – Recipient of ABS Student Research Grant!
Rebecca was awarded a 1-year grant from the Animal Behavior Society for her work on the interactions between alarm pheromone and begging pheromones. Rebecca is exploring whether this interaction explains why early-life social environment affects adult aggression in honey bees.
Congratulations to Amanda Dunaway – 3rd place winner at OVEA!
Amanda Dunaway (PhD Student) won third place at the Ohio Valley Entomological Society meetings for her presentation on the impacts of surface mining on wild bee communities in Eastern Kentucky. Amanda completed this work as part of her Master’s Degree with Valerie Peters at Eastern Kentucky University.
Congratulations to Sarah Preston for successfully defending her Masters Degree!
Sarah’s work was awarded first place in the President’s Prize poster competition at the 2017 Entomological Society of America national meeting in Denver, CO. She also received third place for her poster at the 2018 ESA North Central Branch meeting (Madison, WI). Both awards were for Sarah’s work on maternal stress effects on worker bee behavior and immune function in the honey bee.
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Grant Awarded
We were awarded a 3-year grant to study the impacts of winter annual weeds on wild bee communities and honey bee health in the context of agricultural lands. This is collaborative work with Erin Haramoto in Plant and Soil Sciences (UK) and Sandra Rehan (UNH). Read more about this project here:
Congratulations to Clare Rittschof!
I am deeply honored to receive the 2018 Outstanding New Investigator award from the Animal Behavior Society.