The IPE Program

The IPE program provides fellowship support for a cohort of graduate students to holistically tackle issues in pollinator health and ecology. Fellows are expected to develop integrative research, education and outreach programs that span multiple disciplines - from genomics to land management – and interface with diverse stakeholder groups. Additional funding is provided to conduct research with international collaborators. Fellows will develop skills to respond to current and emerging challenges in pollinator health, sustainability, agriculture, and conservation. The IPE Fellowship program no longer provides support for incoming students, although individuals interested in this program are encouraged to explore similar fellowship opportunities offered through the newly-formed Insect Biodiversity Center Fellowship Program.

Research Areas

  • Taxonomy and Systematics
  • Population Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Organismal Biology (physiology, toxicology, immunology and behavior)
  • Ecology and Land Management
  • Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management

Program Coordinator

Natalie Boyle

Participating Training Faculty

Etya Amsalem, David Biddinger, Shelby Fleischer, Christina Grozinger, Heather Hines, Margarita López-Uribe, Doug Miller, Harland Patch, Cristina Rosa, Ruud Schilder, John Tooker, Kelli Hoover, Jared Ali, and Michael Axtell


The IPE program is funded by a grant from the USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program (2017-38420-26766) and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences Intercollege Graduate Program in Ecology. Additional support was provided by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Strategic Network Initiative Program.Contact Christina Grozinger with any questions.

Current Fellows

This program was previously supported by funding from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Strategic Network Initiative Program. Current fellows include:

Graduated Fellows

  • Briana Ezray (STEM Research Data Librarian, Penn State)
  • Tyler Jones (Entomology)


Current Courses Offered

ENT 222 - Honey Bees and Humans
This course explores the fascinating biology of honey bees and some of the fundamental principles guiding modern beekeeping today. The intimate association between honey bees and human societies date back over 8,000 years, which has fostered a rich, nuanced and complex history binding the two through the ages and across the globe. Students will use foundational theories in scientific inquiry to think critically about and reflect on the goals, objectives and validity of various contemporary bee-related articles featured in the news in the form of a written project assignment and in-class discussions.h2This course is available for residential students every Fall, and is making its online debut in partnership with Penn State World Campus during Spring 2021.

Beekeeping 101
Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new beekeeper, or thinking about starting a backyard beehive, Penn State Beekeeping 101 is a one-of-a-kind completely online learning experience.

Past Courses Offered

ENT497A Pollination Biology
Pollinators are critical components of natural and agricultural landscapes. This course provided students with broad insights into pollinator biology, evolution, economic importance, and conservation.

LARCH 497 Ecological Design Theory + Practice
Designers change the way we live in the world. They make decisions on a daily basis as to how and where elements are located in the landscape. This course merged ecological theory and practice with design expertise to help designers make better ecologically-informed design decisions.

LARCH 497A - Ecology and Field Identification of Central Appalachian Flora
This course was an introduction to the field identification and ecology of herbaceous and woody plants of the central Appalachian region.

Research Awards

The Center for Pollinator Research offers two awards to support undergraduate and graduate research.h2The Apes Valentes Research Award supports student research in the summer (alternating between undergraduate and graduate students every year). The successful candidates will receive an award of up to $5000. Research, extension, education, and outreach projects related to all aspects of pollinator biology and health are encouraged. (Application information) (2019 Awardees)h2The Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Scholarship supports student research in the Fall semester, for $3000/student. This scholarship is awarded to undergraduates enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have completed or are registered for 300 and 400 level courses in Entomology. This award supports research in bee biology and health. (Application information)h2The students will work with faculty members from the Center. A listing of interested faculty members is below. Students should contact the faculty members they are interested in working with as they are developing their applications, since a letter of support from the faculty member is required.


Publications from our membership are summarized at the end of each calendar year. See the Publications page to reference previous years' publication records. This year's publications can be found on individual members' Google scholar pages or lab websites, which are hyperlinked on the Who We Are page.

Conference Materials

Presentation Materials from the International Conferences on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy