Robert E. Page, Jr., Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, University of California, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616

How do complex insect societies evolve? This is the focus of my research program. In order to answer this question we need to better understand the organization of behavior at the gene, neuron, nervous system, whole animal physiology, individual behavior, and social unit. We also must understand the population and evolutionary genetics of organism we study. This is a daunting task, but "doable" with teams of collaborators. With my collaborators, we have studied the foraging behavior of honey bees at all of these levels of organization. We have successfully demonstrated how substitutions of alleles at variable quantitative trait loci affect the neural system of honey bees resulting in specific changes in foraging behavior and colony-level phenotypes.

Selected recent publications:


SFI-Social Insect Page