Bee Lab

Bees fascinate and inspire. Bee research fosters creative thought and practical solutions.

The Bee Lab's mission is to promote the conservation, health, and diversity of bee pollinators through research, education, and hands-on mentorship. We work as a team to provide the richest learning environment for students at all levels and from all backgrounds.

Dr. Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology, conducts research on honey bees with excellent technical support of Mr. Gary Reuter and graduate students.

Dr. Dan Cariveau, Assistant Professor in Entomology, conducts research on the ecology and habitat needs of native bees. His recent work has focused on restoration ecology as a way to conserve biodiversity and as a tool for examining basic questions in ecology.

Dr. Declan Schroeder, Associate Professor in Virology, conducts research on honey bee viruses. His lab seeks to characterize the role of Deformed Wing Virus quasispecies in colony health


Michelle Boone
* 2020 President's Student Leadership and Service Award
* 2020 Mary A. McEvoy Award
* 2020 Borealis Student Leadership Award (Graduate)
* Cox Family Graduate Research Award

Morgan Carr-Markell
* PhD, Effects of native prairie forbs on the foraging choices and recruitment behavior of honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Christina Herron-Sweet
* 2020 CFANS Distinguished Diversity and Inclusion Award

Maggie Shanahan
* Research Award from the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences
* International Thesis Research Travel Grant

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Recent Publications

Reinstatement of Andrena vernalis Mitchell (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae) from synonymy with A. ziziae Robertson. Portman ZM, Lane IG, Pardee GL, and Cariveau DP. 2020. The Great Lakes Entomologist.

Perspectives on hygienic behavior in Apis mellifera and other social insects. Spivak M and Danka R. 2020. Apidologie.

Flowers as parasite transmission hubs. Spivak M and Cariveau D. 2020. Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Social Fever or General Immune Response? Revisiting an Example of Social Immunity in Honey Bees. Goblirsch M, Warner JF, Sommerfeldt BA, and Spivak M. 2020. Insects.

Propolis Envelope Promotes Beneficial Bacteria in the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Mouthpart Microbiome. Dalenberg H, Maes P, Mott B, Anderson KE, and Spivak M, 2020. Insects.

Record of Anthophora (Clisodon) terminalis nesting in a wooden trap-nesting block and comparison to available nesting information (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Satyshur CD and Orr MC. In Press. Journal of Mellitology.

Floral resource diversity drives bee community diversity in prairie restorations along an agricultural landscape gradient. Lane IG, Herron‐Sweet CR, Portman ZM, and Cariveau D. 2020. Journal of Applied Ecology.

The Pathogen Profile of a Honey Bee Queen Does Not Reflect That of Her Workers. Kevill JL, Lee K, Goblirsch M, McDermott E, Tarpy DR, Spivak M, and Schroeder DC. 2020. Insects.

A review of the challenges and opportunities for restoring animal-mediated pollination of native plants. Cariveau DP, Bruninga-Socolar B, and Pardee GL. 2020. Emerging Topics in Life Sciences.

The State of Bee Monitoring in the United States: A Call to Refocus Away From Bowl Traps and Towards More Effective Methods. Portman ZM, Bruninga-Socolar B, and Cariveau DP. 2020. Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

Honeybee microbiome is stabilized in the presence of propolis. Saelao P, Borba RS, Ricigliano V, Spivak M, and Simone-Finstrom M. 2020. Biology letters.

Pollination of a bee‐dependent forb in restored prairie: no evidence of pollen limitation in landscapes dominated by row crop agriculture. Ritchie AD, Lane IG, and Cariveau DP. 2020. Restoration Ecology.

Do honey bee (Apis mellifera) foragers recruit their nestmates to native forbs in reconstructed prairie habitats? Carr-Markell MK, Demler CM, Couvillon MJ, Schürch R, and Spivak M. 2020. PloS one, 15(2), p.e0228169.

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