1) Understanding the physiological links between nutrition and hypopharyngeal gland growth in nurse worker bees. 2) The influence of nutrition on Varroa and Nosema resistance. 3) Cataloging the diversity of pollen forage collected by bees. 4) Comparing how different pollens influence bee health. 5) The impact of abiotic stressors on honey bee nurses.
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VANESSA'S PAST RESEARCH (2002 - 2010)
Prior to joining the USDA, Vanessa was very fortunate to work in two other insect systems and in two fantastic research labs. As a graduate student with Daniel Promislow at the University of Georgia, she studied the evolutionary ecology of resistance to bacterial infection in natural populations of Drosophila. (Please see the relevant publications here, here, here, here, and here.) As an NIH PERT postdoctoral fellow with Michael Riehle at the University of Arizona, she studied how insulin signaling impacted survival and anti-malarial immunity in mosquitoes. (Please see the relevant publications here and here.) Prospective researchers who would like to apply these themes to honey bees or to extend the work in Drosophila are encouraged to inquire with Dr. Corby-Harris.