Bee Lab Publications

Select Pubs & Abstracts

Geoff Williams - Assistant Professor

Recent Publications

  • Friedli, A., Williams, G.R., Bruckner, S., Neumann, P., Straub, L. 2020. The weakest link: Haploid honey bees are more susceptible to neonicotinoid insecticides. Chemosphere 242: 125145.
  • Straub, L.*, Williams, G.R.*, Vidondo, B., Khongphinitbunjong, K., Retschnig, G., Schneeberger, A., Chantawannakul, P., Dietemann, V., Neumann, P. 2019. Neonicotinoids and ectoparasitic mites synergistically impact honeybees. Scientific Reports 9: 8159. *Equal contributions.
  • Straub, L., Villamar-Bouza, L., Bruckner, S., Chantawannakul, P., Gauthier, L. Khongphinitbunjong, K., Retschnig, G., Troxler, A., Vidondo, B., Neumann, P., Williams, G.R. 2016. Neonicotinoid pesticides can serve as inadvertent insect contraceptives. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20160506.
  • Chantawannakul, P., de Guzman, L.I., Li, J., Williams, G.R. 2016. Parasites and pests of honey bees in Asia. Apidologie 47: 301-324.
  • Williams, G.R., Troxler, A., Retschnig, G., Roth, K., Shutler, D., Yañez, O., Neumann, P., Gauthier, L. 2015. Neonicotinoid insecticides severely affect honey bee queens. Scientific Reports 5: 14621.
  • Williams, G.R., Alaux, C., Costa, C., Csáki, T., Doublet, V., Eisenhardt, D., Fries, I., Kuhn, R., McMahon, D.P., Medrzycki, P., Murray, T.E., Natsopoulou, M.E., Neumann, P., Oliver, R., Paxton, R.J., Pernal, S.F., Shutler, D., Tanner, G., van der Steen, J.J.M., Brodschneider, R. 2013 Standard methods for maintaining adult Apis mellifera in cages under in vitro laboratory conditions. In V. Dietemann., J.D. Ellis., P. Neumann (Eds.) The COLOSS BEEBOOK, Volume I: standard methods for Apis mellifera research. Journal of Apicultural Research 52: paper 4.
  • Williams, G.R., Tarpy, D.R., vanEngelsdorp, D., Chauzat, M.-P., Cox-Foster, D.L., Delaplane, K.S., Neumann, P., Pettis, J.S., Rogers, R.E.L., Shutler, D. 2010. Colony Collapse Disorder in context. BioEssays 32: 845-846.

Anthony Abbate - Post-Doctoral Associate

EDUCATION

  • 2021 Ph.D. Entomology, Auburn University
  • 2017 M.Sc. in Entomology, University of Florida
  • 2012 B.Sc. in Biology, High Point University

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Wildflower and native bee assessment.
  • Kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) pollination in Alabama.
  • The effects of forest gap size on pollinator abundance and diversity.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Abbate, A.P., Campbell, J.W., Kimmel, C., Kern, W. 2019. Urban development decreases bee abundance and diversity within coastal dune systems. Global Ecology and Conservation. 20: e00711. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00711
  • Abbate, A.P., Campbell, J.W., Bremer, J., Kern, W.H. 2018. The introduction and establishment of Campsomeris dorsata (Hymenoptera: Scoliidae) in Florida. Florida Entomologist. 101(3): 543-545. https://doi.org/10.1653/024.101.0334
  • Abbate, A.P., Campbell, L.W. 2014. Parasitic Beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana): A Possible Ant-Pollinated Plant. Southeastern Naturalist. 12(3): 661-665. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.012.0318

SELECTED ABSTRACTS/TALKS

  • Abbate, G. Williams, J. Campbell. Presentation. The pollination of kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) in Alabama. Entomological Society of America, St. Louis, Missouri. 2019. November 17-20.
  • Abbate, W.H. Kern, J. Campbell. Presentation. The native bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) of coastal dune environments of Florida. Entomological Society of America, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 2018, November 11-14.
  • Abbate. Presentation. Honey Bees and Pollinators. Coosa County Forestry Field Day, Goodwater, Alabama. 2018, October 23.
  • Abbate, W.H. Kern, J. Campbell. Presentation. The native bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) of coastal dune environments of Florida. Alabama Chapter of the Wildlife Society. 2018, July 20.
  • Abbate. Presentation. Bee Informed Partnership & Sentinel Apiary Program. ALFA; Alabama Bee & Honey Producers. 2018, February 6.
  • Abbate. Presentation. Happenings at the Auburn University Bee Lab. Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) 23rd Annual Beekeeping Symposium. 2018, February 3.

Suleyman Alparslan - Master's Student

EDUCATION

  • 2013 B.Sc. (Hons.) in Animal Science, Akdeniz University, Turkey 

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Neonicotinoids and polyandry in honey bees. 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Reyes, D., Reyes, S. A. P., Annis, S. M., Alparslan, S., Argyropoulus D., Perry, J., Wu, C., and Romero, J. J. 2018. In vitro screening of Technical lignins for their antifungal activity against fungi isolated from spoiled hay. ResearchGate Publication 328228842.

SELECTED ABSTRACTS/TALKS

  • Alparslan, S., Bruckner, S., Neumann, P., Straub, L., and Williams, G. 2020. Effect of neonicotinoids exposure on honey bees (Apis melifera) colony strength and health. Student Poster Presentation at America Bee Research Conference, Chicago, 09–10 January 2020. (Presentation by S. Alparslan)
  • Bruckner, S., Alparslan, S., Borkoski D., Berry, J., Menz, J., Delaney, D., Delaplane, K., and Williams, G. 2020. From super individual to super organism? The influence of colony genetic diversity on honey bee resilience to neonicotinoids. Student Oral Presentation at America Bee Research Conference, Chicago, 09–10 January 2020. (Presentation by S. Bruckner)

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Graduate Scholarship: The Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Education (2014-present)

Dan Aurell - Master's Student

EDUCATION

  • 2015 B.Sc. Biology (University Scholar), Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, Canada

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Effective management strategies for commercial beekeeping, focused on Varroa control.

SELECTED ABSTRACTS/TALKS

  • Jan 2020, American Beekeeping Federation Annual Convention; Effective or Not So Much? Top 5 Commercial Beekeeping Practices; Schaumburg, IL
  • Jan 2020, American Beekeeping Federation Annual Convention; Case Study: Early Signs of Amitraz Resistance; Schaumburg, IL
  • May 2020, Bee Informed Partnership Webinar Series; Effective or Not So Much? Top 5 Commercial Beekeeping Practices; Available Online at https://beeinformed.org/education/
  • Jul 2020, Interview for UFL “Two Bees in a Podcast”; Effective or Not So Much? Top 5 Commercial Beekeeping Practices; http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/honey-bee/podcast/ (Season 1 Episode 23)
  • Nov 2019, Guest Lecture in Texas A&M Honey Bee Biology (ENTO 320); Management to Maximize Honey Bee Services and Minimize Health Issues; College Station, TX
  • Mar 2019, ArkLaTex Beekeepers Association; Brood Disease Management; Shreveport, LA
  • Jan 2019, American Beekeeping Federation Annual Convention; Case Study: On-Farm Trial of Essential Oil Patties for Nosema Control; Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Dec 2018, Louisiana Beekeepers Association; Brood Disease Management; Sulphur, LA
  • Oct 2018, Mississippi Beekeepers Association; Real-World Applications of BIP Results; Raymond, MS
  • Oct 2018, Mississippi Beekeepers Association; Brood Disease Management; Raymond, MS
  • Jun 2018, Texas Beekeepers Association Summer Clinic; Brood Disease Management; Conroe, TX
  • Jan 2018, Winter Bee School; Brood Disease Management; Austin, TX
  • Jan 2018, Winter Bee School; Simple Queen Cell Production; Austin, TX
  • Jan 2018, Montgomery County Beekeepers Association; Brood Disease Management; Conroe, TX
  • Jan 2018, American Beekeeping Federation Annual Convention; Case Study: Do your research on mite treatments; Reno, NV
  • Dec 2017, Louisiana Beekeepers Association; Introduction to BIP; Pineville, LA
  • Jul 2017, South Dakota Beekeepers Association; Introduction to BIP; Pierre, SD
  • May 2017, Presenter for Texas A&M Art of Queen Rearing workshop; Commercial Queen Rearing; College Station, TX

PUBLICATIONS

  • Aurell, D., Hoepfinger, M., Sallmann, B., Slater, G., Snyder, R., and Wyns, D. 2019. Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Honey Bee Diseases. 2019. Hamilton, IL: Dadant and Sons, Inc.
  • Bee Informed Partnership Contributor. 2019. Commercial Beekeeping: A Field Guide. Hamilton, IL: Dadant and Sons, Inc.

Christian Baker - Master's Student

EDUCATION

  • 2018 B.Sc. in Horticulture, Auburn University

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Control of Varroa destructor using novel treatments.

SELECTED ABSTRACTS/TALKS

  • Baker, C. Bruckner, S., Evans, J., Oliver, R., Berry, J., and Williams, G. Effects of an extended release oxalic acid treatment on Varroa destructor mites and Apis mellifera honey bee colonies in the US Southeast. 46th Apimondia International Apiculture Congress, Montreal, Canada, 8-12 September 2019.
  • Baker, C. Bruckner, S., and Williams, G. Effects of oxalic acid on honey bees and varroa mites. 2019 ALFA Commodity Meeting, Montgomery, USA, 5 February 2019.
  • Baker, C., Bruckner, S., Oliver, R., Berry, J., and Williams, G. Effects of oxalic acid on honey bees and varroa mites. 2018 College of Agriculture Graduate Student Poster Showcase, Auburn, USA, 25 October 2018.
  • Baker, C., Bruckner, S., Oliver, R., Berry, J., and Williams, G. Effects of oxalic acid on honey bees and varroa mites. Alabama Farm Expo, Montgomery, USA, 4 August 2018.

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Jefferson County Farmers Federation Ag Scholar Scholarship, 2014-present

Selina Bruckner - Post-Doctoral Associate

EDUCATION

  • 2020 Ph.D. Entomology, Auburn University
  • 2017 M.Sc. in Biology (Ecology and Evolution), University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2016 B.Sc. in Biology University of Bern, Switzerland

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Combined effects of neonicotinoid insecticides and Varroa mites on honey bee health.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Friedli, A., Williams, G.R., Bruckner, S., Neumann, P., Straub, L. 2019. The weakest link: Haploid honey bees are more susceptible to neonicotinoid insecticides. Chemosphere https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125145
  • Strobel, V., Straub, L., Bruckner, S., Albrecht, M., Maitip, J., Kolari, E., Chantawannakul, P., Williams, G., Neumann, P. 2019. Not every sperm counts: Male fertility in solitary bees, Osmia cornuta. PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0214597
  • Mortensen, A., Bruckner, S. Williams, G., Ellis, J. 2019. Comparative morphology of adult honey bees, Apis mellifera, reared in vitro or in their parent hive. Journal of Apicultural Research https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2019.1616976.
  • Straub, L., Villamar-Bouza, L., Bruckner, S., Chantawannakul, P.,Gauthier, L., Khongphinitbunjong, K., Retschnig, G., Troxler, A.,Vidondo, B., Neumann, P., Williams, G.. 2016. Neonicotinoid insecticides can serve as inadvertent insect contraceptives. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.0506

SELECTED ABSTRACTS/TALKS

  • Bruckner, S., Baker, C., Salem, A., Williams, G.R. Interesting Interactions? Effects of parasitic mites and neonicotinoids on honey bee food glands? 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Montreal, Canada, 8-12 September 2019
  • Bruckner, S., Steinhauer, N., Wilson, M.E., Rennich, K., vanEngelsdorp, D., Williams, G.R. The Bee Informed Partnership National Colony Loss Survey – how many died, and (maybe) why? (Poster) COLOSS conference, Montreal, Canada, 7-8 September 2019.
  • Steinhauer, N. & Bruckner, S. And update on the Bee Informed Partnership. COLOSS conference, Montreal, Canada, 7-8 September 2019.
  • Bruckner, S., Baker, C., Salem, A., Williams, G.R. Joint forces: How do parasitic mites and neonicotinoid insecticides simultaneously affect honey bee food glands? Auburn University Student Symposium, Auburn, AL, USA, 9 April 2019
  • Bruckner, S., Williams, G.R. Potential interaction effects? American Beekeeping Conference (ABRC), Phoenix AZ, USA, 10-13 January 2019.
  • Bruckner, S. Neglected stressor interactions: How do parasitic mites and neonicotinoid insecticides affect honey bee, Apis mellifera, food glands? Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada and ESBC Joint Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 11-14 November 2018.
  • Bruckner, S. Honey bee food glands can be affected by neonicotinoids. Entomological Society of America South-Eastern Branch Meeting, Orlando FL, USA, 4-7 March 2018.
  • Bruckner, S. Honey bee food glands can be affected by neonicotinoids. American Beekeeping Conference (ABRC), Reno NV, USA, 8-12 January 2018.

 HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2018 Best Student Presentation (Entomological Society of America Southeastern Branch Meeting)

Josh Campell - Post-doc

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Georgia; M.Sc. in Geology, University of Nebraska

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Kiwifruit pollination – Sponsored by the USDA and AAES. We are examining pollination strategies in kiwifruit and will develop a pollinator management strategy for Southeastern growers.
  • NRCS Wildflowers – Sponsored by USDA-NRCS. We are surveying native wildflowers of the Southeast and determining which pollinators are attracted to these species. Additionally, we are doing bagging experiments to determine which wildflower species are insect dependent for pollination services.
  • Power line Corridors and Pollinating Insects – Sponsored by Duke Energy and Alabama Power. We are examining vegetation management practices (herbicide use) within power line corridors to determine their effects on pollinating insects.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Campbell J.W., Kimmel C.B., Grodsky S.M., Smithers C., Daniels J.C., Ellis J.D. 2019. Native wildflower plantings increase overall arthropod richness and abundance within intensively managed agricultural areas. Ecosphere. 10: e02890
  • Abbate A., Campbell J.W., Kimmel C.B., Kern W.H. 2019. Urban development decreases bee abundance and diversity within coastal dune systems. Global Ecology and Conservation. e00711. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00711
  • Campbell J.W., Stanley-Stahr C., Bammer M., Daniels J.C., Ellis J.D. 2019. Contribution of bees and other pollinators to watermelon (Citrullus lanatus Thunb.) pollination. Journal of Apicultural Research. 58:597-603. https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2019.1614271
  • Gonthier J., Papach, A., Straub, L., Campbell, J. W., Williams, G. R., & Neumann, P. 2019. Bees and flowers: How to feed an invasive beetle species. Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5217
  • Cope G., Campbell J.W., Grodsky S.M., Ellis J.D. 2019. Evaluation of nest-site selection of ground-nesting bees and wasps using emergence traps. Canadian Entomologist. 151: 260-271.
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Contact

Geoffrey Williams
Assistant Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-5068