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Meghan Bennett

Research Molecular Biologist

Meg Bennett




Institution                                     Major                Degree           Year

North Dakota State University         Zoology              Ph.D.             2017

North Dakota State University         Zoology              B.S.               2013


Employment/Professional Experience

2021- present       NIFA Post-Doctoral Fellow, Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS, Tucson, AZ.

2019- 2021           Research Molecular Biologist, Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS, Tucson, AZ.

2018- 2019           Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ.



Featured Publications


Bennett MM, Baudier KM (2021), The night shift: Nest closure and guarding behaviors in the stingless bee, Tetragonisca angustula, Journal of Insect Behavior

Sezen E, Dereszkiewicz E, Hozan A, Bennett MM, Ozturk C, Smith BH, Cook CN (2021), Heritable cognitive phenotypes and reward pathway influence appetitive learning in honey bees, Annals of Entomological Society of America.

Bennett MM, Cook CN, Smith BH, Lei H, (2020), Early olfactory, but not gustatory processing, is affected by the selection of heritable cognitive phenotypes in honey bees, Journal of Comparative Physiology A,

Bennett MM, Baudier KM, Ostwald MM, Hart S, Pavlic TP, Fewell JH, (2020), Age-based changes in kairomone response among stingless bee soldiers (Tetragonisca angustula), Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 74:125,

Bennett MM, DeBardlabon KM, Rinehart JP, Yocum GD, Greenlee KJ, (in review), Effects of developmental state on low-temperature physiology of the alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata, Bulletin of Entomological Research

Bennett MM, Rinehart J, Yocum G, Yocum I, (2019), A precise and autonomous system for the detection of insect emergence patterns, Journal of Visualized Experiments, DOI: 10.3791/58362,

Bennett MM, Rinehart J, Yocum G, Doetkott C, Greenlee KJ (2018), Cues for cavity nesters: investigating relevant zeitgebers for emerging leafcutting bees, Megachile rotundata, J. Experimental Biol. jeb.175406 doi: 10.1242/jeb.175406

Bennett MM, Cook K, Yocum G, Rinehart J, Kemp W, Greenlee KJ (2015), Exposure to suboptimal temperatures during metamorphosis reveals a critical developmental window in the solitary bee, Megachile rotundata. J. Phy. Biochem. Zoo. 88(5):508-520 

Bennett MM, Petersen K, Yocum G, Rinehart J, Kemp W, Greenlee KJ (2013), Effects of extended prepupal storage duration on adult flight physiology of the alfalfa leafcutting bee (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae), J. Econ. Entomol. 106(3): 1089-1097

Kirkton SD, Hennessey LE, Duffy B, Bennett MM, Lee WK, Greenlee KJ (2012), Intermolt development reduces oxygen delivery capacity and jumping performance in the American locust (Schistocerca americana), Comp. Physiol. B. (82) 217-230

Yocum GD, Greenlee KJ, Rinehart JP, Bennett MM, Kemp WP (2011), Cyclic CO2 emissions during the high temperature pulse of fluctuating thermal regime in eye-pigmented pupae of Megachile rotundata,  Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A. (160) 480-485

Baudier, KM, Bennett MM, Barrett, M Cossio, F, Wu, R, O’Donnell, S, Pavlic, T, Fewell, J, (in review), Soldier neural architecture is flexibly modality-specialized but poorly predicted by repertoire size in the stingless bee, Tetragonisca angustula, Proceedings B: Neuroscience & Cognition

Corby-Harris V, Bennett MM, Gander A, Carroll M, Shafir S, Smith B, (in review), Physiological and behavioral effects of fatty acid deficient diets in the honey bee (Apis mellifera), Apidologie