Social evolution in sweat bees

In collaboration with my postdoctoral advisor, Prof. Sarah Kocher, I am studying the evolution of social behavior in the bee family Halictidae. This clade of bees is remarkably variable in sociality with even closely related species behaving very differently. The three main facets of this project are: 1) the genomics of social behavior; 2) the bacterial communities associated with bees of varying behavior; and 3) the influence of viruses on social evolution.