Social evolution in sweat bees

Phylogeny of halictid genomes being sequenced. Evolutionary relationships are taken from Gibbs et al. (2012) MPE.

In collaboration with my postdoctoral advisor, Dr. Sarah Kocher, I am studying the evolution of social behavior in sweat bees (Halictidae). This clade of bees is remarkably variable in sociality with even closely related species behaving very differently. We are sequencing the genomes of 16 species of these bees in order to identify the convergent genetic changes associated with social evolution.