Etya Amsalem, Ph.D.

Etya Amsalem, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Entomology
215 Life Science Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Social behavior
  • Chemical ecology
  • Pollinator's health
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Bumble bees

Education

  • B.S. Medical and Life Science, Tel Aviv University
  • M.Sc. Zoology, Tel Aviv University
  • Ph.D. Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Research:

My lab studies insect social behavior and pollinator health using tools from chemical ecology, physiology, genetics, and genomics.

Selected topics of research in the lab:

(1) Pheromones regulating reproduction and social behavior in insect societies
(2) The genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying pheromone production, perception and social organization
(3) The evolution of reproductive signaling
(4) The genetic and physiological factors underlying successful diapause in bumble bee queens
(5) The impact of pesticides on mating behavior
(6) The impacts and underlying mechanisms of carbon dioxide narcosis in bumble bees
(7) Larva development and caste determination in bumble bees and the evolution of castes in social insects

Teaching:

ENT202 - Insect connections: Insect, Globalization and sustainability (every spring)
ENT522 - Professional development (every spring)
ENT530 - Supervised mentoring for graduate students, in collaboration with St. Francis University (every fall)
ENT484 - Insect Behavior (TBD)

Postdoctoral fellows:

Dr. Margarita Orlova
Dr. Priscila Santos

Graduate students:

Erin Treanore - USDA NIFA fellow, Entomology Graduate Program
Nathan Derstine - USDA NIFA fellow, Entomology Graduate Program
Katie Barie - Integrative Pollinator Ecology Fellow, Entomology Graduate Program
Anna Cressman - Entomology Graduate Program
Sarah Spence - Black fellow, Entomology Graduate Program
Sujay Paranjape - Entomology Graduate Program

Etya Amsalem's Lab

Institutes affiliations:

Publications

Dufour’s gland analysis reveals caste and physiology specific signals in Bombus impatiens
Scientific Reports, Derstine, Nathan T., Villar, Gabriel, Orlova, Margarita, Hefetz, Abraham, Millar, Jocelyn, Amsalem, Etya, 2021

Built to change
Behavioral Ecology, Orlova, Margarita, Treanore, Erin, Amsalem, Etya, 2021

Shift in worker physiology and gene expression pattern from reproductive to diapause-like with colony age in the bumble bee Bombus impatiens
Journal of Experimental Biology, Treanore, Erin D., Kiner, Jacklyn M., Kerner, Mackenzie E., Amsalem, Etya, 2020

A small family business
Journal of Experimental Biology, Orlova, Margarita, Starkey, Jesse, Amsalem, Etya, 2020

One problem, many solutions, Amsalem, Etya, 2020

Context matters
Current Opinion in Insect Science, Orlova, Margarita, Amsalem, Etya, 2019

Do Bumble Bees Produce Brood Pheromones?
Journal of Chemical Ecology, Starkey, Jesse, Derstine, Nathan, Amsalem, Etya, 2019

The road to sociality
Animal Behaviour, Starkey, Jesse, Brown, Ahja, Amsalem, Etya, 2019

Do bumblebees produce brood pheromone?, Starkey, J, Derstine, N, Amsalem, Etya, 2019

The importance of holistically evaluating data
Behavioral Ecology, Amsalem, Etya, Grozinger, Christina M., 2018

Erratum to
Behavioral Ecology, Amsalem, Etya, Grozinger, Christina M., 2018

Preface
Journal of Chemical Ecology, Amsalem, Etya, Hefetz, Abraham, 2018

Pheromone-mediation of female reproduction and reproductive dominance in social species
Journal of Chemical Ecology, Amsalem, Etya, Hefetz, A, 2018

Evolution of olfactory functions on the fire ant social chromosome
Genome Biology and Evolution, Cohanim, Amir B., Amsalem, Etya, Saad, Rana, Shoemaker, De Wayne, Privman, Eyal, 2018

Evaluating the molecular, physiological and behavioral impacts of CO2 narcosis in bumble bees (Bombus impatiens)
Journal of Insect Physiology, Amsalem, Etya, Grozinger, Christina M., 2017

Do Bumble Bee, Bombus impatiens, Queens Signal their Reproductive and Mating Status to their Workers?
Journal of Chemical Ecology, Amsalem, Etya, Padilla, Mario, Schreiber, Paul M., Altman, Naomi S., Hefetz, Abraham, Grozinger, Christina M., 2017

Chemical communication is not sufficient to explain reproductive inhibition in the bumblebee bombus impatiens
Royal Society Open Science, Padilla, Mario, Amsalem, Etya, Altman, Naomi, Hefetz, Abraham, Grozinger, Christina M., 2016

Conservation and modification of genetic and physiological toolkits underpinning diapause in bumble bee queens
Molecular Ecology, Amsalem, Etya, Galbraith, David A., Cnaani, Jonathan, Teal, Peter E.A., Grozinger, Christina M., 2015

A conserved class of queen pheromones? Re-evaluating the evidence in bumblebees (Bombus impatiens)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Amsalem, Etya, Orlova, Margarita, Grozinger, Christina M., 2015

The physiological and genomic bases of bumble bee social behavior
Advances in Insect Physiology, Amsalem, Etya, Grozinger, C, Padilla, M, Hefetz, A, 2015

The Physiological and Genomic Bases of Bumble Bee Social Behaviour
Advances in Insect Physiology, Amsalem, Etya, Grozinger, Christina M., Padilla, Mario, Hefetz, Abraham, 2015

The Effect of Caste and Reproductive State on the Chemistry of the Cephalic Labial Glands Secretion of Bombus Terrestris
Journal of Chemical Ecology, Amsalem, Etya, Kiefer, Julia, Schulz, Stefan, Hefetz, Abraham, 2014

Gonadotropic and physiological functions of juvenile hormone in bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) workers
PLoS One, Shpigler, Hagai, Amsalem, Etya, Huang, Zachary Y., Cohen, Mira, Siegel, Adam J., Hefetz, Abraham, Bloch, Guy, 2014

Exploring the role of juvenile hormone and vitellogenin in reproduction and social behavior in bumble bees
BMC Evolutionary Biology, Amsalem, Etya, Malka, Osnat, Grozinger, Christina M., Hefetz, Abraham, 2014

Dufour's gland secretion, sterility and foraging behavior
Journal of Insect Physiology, Amsalem, Etya, Shpigler, Hagai, Bloch, Guy, Hefetz, Abraham, 2013