Dr. Marla Spivak

Marla Spivak

McKnight Distinguished Professor

I'm interested social insects in general, and honey bees specifically: social immunity, behaviors, breeding, and beekeeping on large and small scales. My position is a 3-way split among research, teaching and extension, which allows breadth and freedom to explore basic mechanisms and/or real-world applications in our studies and educational endeavors.


PhD University of Kansas, 1989

B.A. Biology, Humboldt State University 1978


Having a sweat bee named after me by Joel Gardner: Lasioglossum spivakae; MacArthur Fellowship 2010; WINGS WorldQuest Women of Discovery Earth Award 2016....and some others

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