Olav Rueppell, Dr

Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences


Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences
(780) 492-5461
CW-468A Bio Science - Centre Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9

At the moment by appointment only.


Area of Study / Keywords

Honey Bee Biology and Health Social Evolution Sociobiology Ageing Behaviour Genomics Viruses Varroa


I received my undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg working on social evolution in ants. After a postdoc at the University of California Davis that introduced me to the wonderful world of honey bees, I set up a diverse and productive research group at the University of North Carolina Greensboro that steadily grew for the past 17 years. Now, I am excited to continue that legacy with a fresh start at the University of Alberta to study honey bee biology and health and related topics. For more information please visit: http://grad.biology.ualberta.ca/rueppell/ 


Research Interests

My overall goal is to understand the causes and consequences of social evolution across different levels of biological organization, using the honey bee as primary model. Specific areas of interest are life-history and aging, behavior, and genome architecture. I also seek to identify sustainable solutions to improve honey bee health, focusing on viruses, the ecto-parasitic Varroa mite and hygienic behavior, and general stress responses in honey bees.

Please visit my Google Scholar profile for a current list of publications.


I am looking for students of all levels who are as excited about exploring the biology and health of honey bees or other social insects as I am to join my group! If you are interested, please feel free to send me an email.