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


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

Research summary: My lab studies the evolutionary development and the mechanistic basis of social behavior in insects using an integrative approach encompassing chemical, genetic and physiological tools

Etya Amsalem's Lab

Institutes affiliations:


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

Context matters: plasticity in response to pheromones regulating reproduction and collective behavior in social Hymenoptera
, Orlova, M, Amsalem, Etya, 2019

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

The importance of holistically evaluating data: a comment on Holman 2018
Behavioral Ecology, Amsalem, Etya, Grozinger, Christina, 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 Behaviour
Advances in Insect Physiology, Amsalem, Etya, Grozinger, Christina M., Padilla, Mario, Hefetz, Abraham, 2015

Precocene-I inhibits juvenile hormone biosynthesis, ovarian activation, aggression and alters sterility signal production in bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) workers
Journal of Experimental Biology, Amsalem, E., Teal, P., Grozinger, C. M., Hefetz, A., 2014

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

Aggression or ovarian development as determinants of reproductive dominance in Bombus terrestris
Insectes Sociaux, Amsalem, Etya, Shamia, D., Hefetz, A., 2013

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

The effect of group size on the interplay between dominance and reproduction in Bombus terrestris
PloS one, Amsalem, Etya, Hefetz, Abraham, 2011

The appeasement effect of sterility signaling in dominance contests among Bombus terrestris workers
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Amsalem, Etya, Hefetz, Abraham, 2010