My educational background is in ecology and quantitative modeling of ecological systems. Most of my scientific research has been focused on foraging ecology and population dynamics. I have primarily used honey bees and monarch butterflies as model system for research. In particular, I have used honey bees as a model system to understand decision processes of foraging insects. Comparative studies of honey bee species and subspecies has led to research projects in India, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Japan and Turkey. As important as the scientific investigations, involving undergraduate as well as graduate students in research has been an important part of my career.
Education and Degrees Earned
- University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Biology (1979)
Honors: Sigma Xi, Univ. of Calif. Regent's Fellowship, NSF Graduate Fellowship.
Thesis: Interaction of Cirsium californiacum and Cirsium occidentale (Compositae) in a Sympatric Population.
- Occidental College, Los Angeles, California 90041
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum Laude (1974) Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary
Majors: Biology and Mathematics
Areas of Research Focus
- Foraging ecology (honey bees as a model system)
- Learning and decision processes in insects (honey bees as a model system)
- Alcohol effects in a social system (honey bees as a model system)
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Sigma Xi
- Animal Behavior Society
- Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society