B.A. Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, 1978, Biology
Ph.D University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1989, Entomology
Areas of Interest
The research goal my lab is to promote the health of all bees. Our primary research focus is on honey bees, ranging from basic studies on mechanisms of social immunity and behavior, to applied studies on honey bee breeding and management. Current studies are centered on honey bee hygienic behavior as a mechanism of parasite and possibly virus resistance, and on the benefits of propolis (antimicrobial plant resins) to the health of honey bees and the stingless bee, Scaptogrigona mexicana.
Ent 4021 Honey Bees and Insect Societies (Fall semester, odd years)
Beekeeping in Northern Climates Short Course, twice yearly
Successful Honey Bee Queen Rearing Short Course, every July
Beyond the Basics, every April
The goal of our bee research in the Spivak lab is to promote the health of all bees. Our primary research focus is on honey bees, ranging from basic studies on mechanisms of social immunity and behavior, to applied studies on bee breeding and management.
Carr-Markell MK, Demler CM, Cuvillon MJ, Schurch R, Spivak, M. 2020. Do honey bee (Apis mellifera) foragers recruit their nestmates to native forbs in reconstructed prairie habitats? PlosOne. 15(2): e0228169. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228169
Spivak M, Goblirsch, M, Simone-Finstrom M. 2019 Social-medication in bees: The line between individual and social regulation. Curr. Opinion Insect Science 33:49-55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cois.2019.02.009 (If you cannot access this, email for a copy)
Lee, KV, Goblirsch M, McDermott E, Tarpy DR, Spivak M. 2019. Is the brood patterns within a honey bee colony a reliable indicator of queen quality? Insects 10, 12; doi:10.3390/insects10010012
Evans E, Smart M, Cariveau D, Spivak M. 2018. Wild, native bees and managed honey bees benefit from similar agricultural land uses. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 268: 162-170.
Borba RS, Spivak M. 2017. Propolis envelope in Apis mellifera colonies supports honey bees against the pathogen, Paenibacillus larvae. Sci. Reports 7:11429. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-11689-w
Simone-Finstrom M, Borba RS, Wilson M, Spivak M. 2017 Propolis counteracts some threats to honey bee health. Review. Insects 8: 46: DOI:10.3390/insects8020046
Borba RS Klyczek KK, Mogen KL, Spivak M. 2015 Seasonal benefits of a natural propolis envelope to honey bee immunity and colony health. J. Exp. Biol. doi:10.1242/jeb.127324
Wilson MB, Spivak M, Hegeman AD, Rendahl A, Cohen JD. 2013. Metabolomics reveals the origins of antimicrobial resins collected by honey bees. PLoSOne 8(10): e77512. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077512
Spivak, M, Browning Z, Goblirsch M, Lee K, Otto C, Smart M, Wu-Smart J. 2017 Why does bee health matter? The science surrounding honey bee health concerns and what we can do about it. Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Commentary, QTA2017. CAST, Ames, Iowa.
Goblirsch MJ, Spivak MS, Kurtti TJ. 2013. A cell line resource derived from Honey bee (Apis mellifera) embryonic tissue. PLoS One 8(7) e69831.