Penn State researchers are leading the research investigating the disappearance of honey bees.

The loss of honey bees is a multifaceted problem and is reflected in projects ranging from understanding the incidence and prevalence of viruses and the role of pesticides on bee health and behavior to the role mites have on colony decline, including vectoring disease and impairing the bee immune system.

For a comprehensive list of pollination faculty, researchers, educators, extension specialists and outreach coordinators at Penn State visit the Center for Pollinator Research


  • Tree Fruit Research Entomologist
  • Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management for Tree Fruit, Taxonomy and Natural History of Bees & Biological Control, Orchard Community Ecology & Ecotoxicology, Conservation Biological Control, Invasive Species Insecticide and Native Biological Control, Pesticide Evaluations
  • Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology
  • Director, Center for Pollinator Research, Insect Biodiversity Center
  • Associate Director for Research, Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Bees
  • Genomics, Immunity, Behavior, Physiology, Ecology
  • Decision Support Tools
  • Lorenzo L. Langstroth Early Career Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Entomology
  • Ralph O. Mumma Professor of Entomology
  • Co-director, Center for Chemical Ecology