Profiles in "Social Insects" Expertise Area

  • Using the honey bee as a model, Regents Professor Page has dissected their complex foraging division of labor at all levels of biological organization from gene networks to complex social interactions.
  • Hölldobler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning sociobiologist who uses insect societies to study behavioral mechanisms of communication, cooperation and conflict. He's a member of several national and international academies.
  • Pratt studies the emergence of complex behavior in leaderless groups, especially social insects. He works with engineers to translate lessons from biology to artificial systems, and to develop new tools to analyze behavior.
  • Pavlic works in interdisciplinary decision-making problems in natural and artificial autonomous systems. He was the founding associate director of research for The Biomimicry Center at ASU.
  • Ebie studies ant reproductive regulation. She's interested in invertebrate communication, behavior, and sensory physiology. She also studies undergraduate persistence and TA development.
  • Amdam is a Norwegian biologist who is internationally known for her research on behavior and aging in honey bees.
  • Kaftanoglu is an apiculturist working on honey bee colony management, honey bee behavior, reproductive biology, genetics and breeding
  • Gadau is a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist who focuses on understanding the genetic and genomic basis of speciation and species differences.
  • Liebig studies the organization, chemical communication, reproductive regulation, and behavioral and physiological plasticity of ants and termites with a focus on the colony, the individual, and the olfactory system.