• Specialized observation hive laboratory
  • 8 colonies of honey bees kept in standard deep Langstroth hives
  • Beekeeping equipment: a 20 frame extractor, uncapping tank, solar wax melter, deep supers, electric uncapping knife, nucleus hives, observation hives
  • Equipment for collecting insects and for ecological research with native bees and other insects
  • Microscopy suite with Nikon stereomicroscopes with photography attachment, fiber optic lights
  • Modern histology laboratory for analysis of insect anatomy, including an ice maker, slide warmers, microtomes, distiller, incubator, and fume hood.

Current Research

Principle Investigator: Dr. Elizabeth A. Capaldi

I am a behavioral biologist who studies the relationship between insect behavior and brain structure. One goal of my research is to explore the neurobiological underpinnings of ecologically relevant behaviors. I focus my research on honey bees, but I also study other bees found in temperate and tropical habitats. I am interested in how insects find their way in the world and in how social behavior is shaped by the environment. My work fits within the integrative discipline of neuroethology, which combines field research using insects in nature with laboratory studies of learning and the brain.

Recent Publications

  • Evans, E.C. & Butler, C.A. 2010. Why Do Bees Buzz? Fascinating Answers to Questions About Bees. Rutgers University Press: Piscataway, NJ.
  • Shah, K.S., Evans, E.C. & Pizzorno, M.C. 2009. Localization of deformed wing virus (DWV) in the brains of the honeybee, Apis mellifera L. Virology Journal, 6, 182.
  • Capaldi, E.A, Benson, S.N. & McDiffett, W. 2008. Native bee diversity in the Central Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences, 81, 53-58.
  • Capaldi, E.A., *Flynn, C.J. & Wcislo, W.T. 2007. Sex ratio and nest observations of Euglossa hyacinthina (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Euglossini). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 80, 395-399.
  • Capaldi, E.A., A.D. Smith, J.L. Osborne, S.E. Fahrbach, S.M. Farris, A.S. Edwards, D.R. Reynolds, A. Martin, G.E. Robinson, G. Poppy, and J.R. Riley. 2000. Ontogeny of orientation flight in the honeybee revealed by harmonic radar. Nature 403: 537-540.
  • Capaldi, E.A. & F.C. Dyer, 1999. The role of orientation flights on homing performance in honey bees. J. Exp. Biol. 202: 1655-1666.
  • Giurfa, M. & E.A. Capaldi, 1999. Vectors, routes and maps: new findings about navigation in insects. Trends in Neurosciences 22(6): 237-242.
  • Capaldi, E.A., G.E. Robinson, & S.E. Fahrbach, 1999. Neuroethology of spatial learning: the birds and the bees. Ann. Rev. Psych. 50: 651-682.
  • Fahrbach, S.E., D. Moore, E.A. Capaldi, S.M. Farris, & G.E. Robinson, 1998. Experience-expectant plasticity in the mushroom bodies of the honey bee. Learn. Mem. 5:115-123.
  • Capaldi, E.A. & F.C. Dyer, 1995. Landmarks and dance orientation by the honeybee Apis mellifera. Naturwissenschaften 82: 245-248.
  • Getty, T. & E.A.Capaldi, 1994. Inheritance of rank requires inheritance of environment. Anim. Behav. 48: 982-983.