Kirk E. Anderson
Lead Scientist, Molecular/Microbial Ecologist
Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
2000 E. Allen Road,
Tucson, AZ 85719
520- 670-6380 ext. 122 (Office)
Kirk E. Anderson Curriculum Vitae
Current position: Lead Scientist, Molecular/Microbial Ecologist
ARS-USDA, Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
Department of Entomology and Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona
Ph.D. 2006 Arizona State University, Biology
M.S. 2002 Boise State University, Biology
B.A. 1997 Boise State University, Biology
2013-present: Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS, Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, Tucson, AZ.
2009-present: Microbial Ecologist, USDA-ARS, Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, Tucson, AZ.
2010- present: Adjunct Scientist, Dept. of Entomology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
2010-present: Member of the Center for Insect Science, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
2009: Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biology, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ.
2006-2009: NIH funded Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Entomology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
2005-2006: Research Specialist, Center for Social Complexity, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
2005: Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biology, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ.
2004-2005: Teaching Associate, Center for Social Complexity, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
2002-2004: Graduate Research Associate, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
1998-2001: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Biology, Boise State University, Boise ID.
2016 California State Beekeepers Association, Co-PI: Vincent Ricigliano $14,420.00
2016 National Honey Board, Co-PI: Vanessa Corby-Harris $20,000.00
2015 National Honey Board, Co-PI: Quinn McFrederick $20,000.00
2014 ARS-USDA National Grant: Longitudinal Studies of Migratory Honey bees $140,000.00
2013 California State Beekeepers Association, Co-PI: Randy Oliver $14,740.00
2013 National Honey Board, Co-PI: Vanessa Corby-Harris $24,800.00
2009 NIH (IRACDA) award: Post-doc funding for Svetlana Vojvodic $138,000.00
2006 NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Award (IRACDA) $146,000.00
2004 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $10,850.00
2003 Ecological Society of America, Desert Ecology-Forrest Shreve Award $862.00
2003 Arizona State University departmental travel grant $300.00
2001 Boise State University departmental research grant $500.00
2000 Sigma Xi Grant-in-aid of research $1,000.00
Awards/ Honors/ Recognition
2015 USDA-ARS Early Career Scientist of the Year Award, Pacific West Area
2015 Dec. American Bee Journal: "Reevaluating Beebread: For Preservation or Digestion?" http://scientificbeekeeping.com/reevaluating-beebread-part-3/ by Randy Oliver
2015 Nov. American Bee Journal: "Reevaluating Beebread: The Players" by Randy Oliver
2015 Oct. American Bee Journal: "Reevaluating Beebread: The Story" by Randy Oliver
2015 May Nature Article: "Microbiome: The Puzzle in a Bees Gut" by Alla Katsnelson
2015 May AgResearch News: "Newly named bacterium helps honey bee larvae thrive" by Kim Kaplan /is/pr/2015/150506.htm
2003 Best Presentation, Tenth Annual Hexapodium, University of Arizona
2000 Teaching Assistant of the Year, Boise State University, Biology Department
Peer reviewed publications
AndersonK.E., V. Ricigliano, L.A. Snyder, P. Maes, V. Corby-Harris, T. Sheehan, W. Fitz, P.A.P. Rodriguez and B.M. Mott. 2016. Held at arms length: Honey bee fungal communities revealed by ITS amplicon sequencing, qPCR, culturing and microscopy. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. In review.
Engel P., W.K. Kwong, Q. McFrederick, K.E. Anderson, S.M. Barribeau, J.A. Chandler, R.S. Cornman, J. Dainat, J.R. de Miranda, V. Doublet, O. Emery, J.D. Evans, L. Farinelli, M.L. Flenniken, F. Granberg, J.A. Grasis, L. Gauthier, J. Hayer, H. Koch, S. Kocher, V. Martinson, N.A. Moran, M. Munoz-Torres, I.L.G. Newton, R.J. Paxton, J. Powell, B. Sadd, P. Schmid?Hempel, R. Schmid-Hempel, S.J. Song, R.S. Schwartz, D. vanEngelsdorp, and B. Dainat. 2016. The bee microbiome: impact on bee health and model for evolution and ecology of host-microbe interactions. mBio 7(2):e02164-15. doi:10.1128/mBio.02164-15
Corby-Harris V., C.A.D. Meador, L.A. Snyder, M.R. Schwan, P. Maes, B.M. Jones, A. Walton, and K.E. Anderson. 2016.Transcriptional, translational, and physiological signatures of undernourished honey bees (Apis mellifera) suggest a role for hormonal factors in hypopharyngeal gland degradation. Journal of Insect Physiology. 85:65-75. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2015.11.016
AndersonK.E., P.A.P. Rodrigues, B.M. Mott, P. Maes, and V. Corby-Harris. 2015. Ecological succession in the honey bee gut: Shift in Lactobacillus strain dominance during early adult development. Microbial Ecology. doi: 10.1007/s00248-015-0716-2 *Co-first author
Vojvodic S., B.R. Johnson, B. Harpur, C. Kent, A. Zayed, K.E. Anderson, T.A. Linksvayer.2015. The genomic signature of social interactions regulating honey bee caste development. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1720
Mott B.M., J. Gadau and K.E. Anderson. 2015. Phylogeography of Pogonomyrmex barbatus and P. rugosus harvester ants with genetic and environmental caste determination. Ecology and Evolution.doi: 10.1002/ece3.1507
AndersonK.E., M.J. Carroll, T. Sheehan, B.M. Mott, P. Maes, and V. Corby-Harris. 2014. Hive-stored pollen of honey bees: Many lines of evidence are consistent with pollen preservation, not nutrient conversion. Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.11aa11/mec.12966
Corby-Harris V., L. Snyder, M. Schwan, P. Maes, Q. McFrederick, and K.E. Anderson. 2014 Origin and effect of Acetobacteraceae Alpha 2.2 in honey bee larvae and description of Parasaccharibacterapium, gen. nov., sp. nov. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1128/AEM.02043-14
Corby-Harris V., P. Maes, and K.E. Anderson. 2014. The Bacterial Communities Associated with Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Foragers. PLoS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095056
Eckholm B.J., K.E. Anderson, M. Huang, B.M. Mott, and G. DeGrandi-Hoffman. 2014. Honey bee (Apis mellifera) intracolonial genetic diversity influences worker nutritional status. Apidologie.doi: 10.1007/s13592-014-0311-4
Corby-Harris V., B.M. Jones, A. Walton, M.R. Schwan and K.E. Anderson. 2014. Transcriptional markers of sub-optimal nutrition in developing Apis mellifera nurse workers. BMC Genomics, doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-134.
AndersonK.E., T. Sheehan, B.M. Mott, P. Maes, L. Snyder, M. Schwan, A. Walton, B. Jones, and V. Corby-Harris. 2013. Microbial ecology of the hive and pollination landscape: Bacterial associates from floral nectar, the alimentary tract and stored food of honey bees (Apis mellifera). PLoS ONE. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083125
Anderson K.E., A. Johansson, T.H. Sheehan, B.M. Mott, V. Corby-Harris, L. Johnstone, R. Sprissler and W. Fitz. 2013. Draft genome sequences of two Bifidobacterium sp. from the honey bee (Apis mellifera). Gut Pathogens 5:42. doi:10.1186/1757-4749-5-42
Vojvodic S., S.M. Rehan and K.E. Anderson. 2013. Microbial gut diversity of Africanized and European honey bee larval instars. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0072106
AndersonK.E., J.A. Russell, C.S. Moreau, S. Kautz, K.E. Sullam, Y. Hu, U. Basinger, B.M. Mott, N. Buck, and D. E. Wheeler. 2012. Highly similar microbial communities are shared among related and trophically similar ant species. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05464.x Selected for "News and Views" coverage. (Cover story)
AndersonK.E., T.H. Sheehan,B.M. Mott, B.J. Eckholm and G. DeGrandi-Hoffman. 2011. An emerging paradigm of colony health: microbial balance of the honey bee and hive (Apis mellifera). Insectes Sociaux. 58:431-444.
Anderson K.E., D.E. Wheeler, K. Yang and T.A. Linksvayer. 2011. Dynamics of an ant-ant obligate mutualism: colony growth, density dependence and frequency dependence. Molecular Ecology. 20:1781-1793. (Cover story)
Eckholm B.J., K.E. Anderson, M. Weiss, G. DeGrandi-Hoffman. 2010. Intracolonial genetic diversity in honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies increases pollen foraging efficiency. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 65:1037-1044.
Anderson K.E., S.L. Zeltzer, R.P. Overson and W.H. Clark. 2010. Identification of cryptic hosts for two inquiline parasites of the seed-harvester ant Pogonomyrmex and new localities for P. anergismus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Southwestern Naturalist 55:532-538.
Curry M.M., D.E. Wheeler, K. Yang and K.E.Anderson. 2010.The potential for gene flow in a dependent lineage system of a Harvester ant: Fair meiosis in the F1 generation. Journal of Heredity. 101:378-384.
Anderson K.E., C.R. Smith, T.A. Linksvayer, B.M. Mott,J. Gadau, and J.H. Fewell. 2009. Modeling the maintenance of a dependent lineage system: The influence of positive frequency-dependent selection on sex ratio. Evolution. 63:2142-2152.
Smith C.R., K.E. Anderson, C.V. Tillberg, J. Gadau and A.V. Suarez. 2008. Caste determination in a polymorphic social insect: nutritional, social, and genetic factors. The American Naturalist. 172: 497-507.
Anderson K.E., S.J. Novak and J.F. Smith. 2008. Populations composed entirely of hybrid colonies: Bidirectional hybridization and polyandry in Harvester ants. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 95:320-336.
Anderson K.E., T.A. Linksvayer, and C.R. Smith. 2008. The causes and consequences of genetic caste determination in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 11:119-132. (Invited review).
Smith C.R., C. Schoenick, K.E. Anderson, J. Gadau, and A.V. Suarez. 2007. Potential and actual reproduction by different worker castes in queen-less and queen-right colonies of Pogonomyrmex badius. Insectes Sociaux 54:260-267.
Anderson K.E., J. Gadau, B.M. Mott, A. Altimirano, R.A. Johnson, C. Strehl and J.H. Fewell. 2006. Distribution and evolution of genetic caste determination in Pogonomyrmex seed-harvester ants. Ecology 87:2171-2184. Contribution to a special feature; Evolutionary Ecology of Hybrid Ants (Invited).
Anderson K.E., B. H?lldobler, B.M. Mott, J.H. Fewell, and J. Gadau. 2006. Population-wide lineage frequencies predict genetic load in the seed-harvester ant Pogonomyrmex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 103:13433-13438.
Harrison J.F., J.H. Fewell, K.E. Anderson and J. Loper. 2006. Environmental physiology of the invasion of the Americas by Africanized honeybees. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 46:1110-1122.
Anderson K.E. and A.C. Keyel. 2006. Mating flight, metrosis and semi-claustrality in the seed-harvester ant Pogonomyrmex salinus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insectes Sociaux 53:92-96.
Clark R.M., K.E. Anderson, J. Gadau and J.H. Fewell. 2006. Behavioral regulation of genetic caste determination in a Pogonomyrmex population with dependent lineages. Ecology 87:2201-2206.Contribution to a special feature; Evolutionary Ecology of Hybrid Ants (Invited).
Anderson K.E. and J.C. Munger. 2003. Effect of temperature on brood relocation in Pogonomyrmex salinus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Western North American Naturalist 63:122-128.
2014- Catalysis Meeting BeeBiome: Omic approaches for understanding bee-microbe relationships. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.
2014- Symposium organizer with Dr. Benjamin Dainat and Jay Evans. International union for the study of social insects Title: Social insect host-microbe interactions. Cairns, Australia.
2014- Symposium organizer with Cara Gibson. Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch, Title: The Spectrum of Insect Symbioses. Tucson, AZ
2012- Review panelist for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Fellowships Grant Program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
2010- Symposium organizer with Angela Douglas. Entomological Society of America, Title: Diversity and Function of Microbial Symbioses in Solitary and Social Insects. San Diego, CA.
2009- Workshop: Past-Present-Future of Ant Genomics, Organized by the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
2007- Workshop: Pedagogy, Insects as Teaching Models in the Undergraduate Laboratory, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2006- Workshop: Social Insects as Model Systems for Evo-Devo, Organized by the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
Present member: Entomological Society of America, International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Society for the Study of Evolution, Ecological Society of America, Animal Behavior Society.
Graduate and post-doc mentorship
2015-present: Post-doc advisor, USDA-ARS, Vincent Ricigliano
2013-present PhD advisor, University of Arizona, Student: Patrick Maes
2012-present PhD advisor, University of Arizona, Student: William Fitz
2010-2015: Post-doc supervisor, USDA-ARS, Vanessa Corby-Harris
2010-present: PhD committee member, University of Arizona, Student: Pedro Rodrigues
2009-2012: Post-doc advisor, University of Arizona, PERT post-doctoral program, Svetlana Vojvodic
2007-2012: PhD committee member, University of Arizona, Student: Bruce Eckholm
2006-2010: MS committee member, Arizona State University: Student: Brendon Mott
Recent Invited Presentations
Anderson K.E. 2016. Adventures in honey bee microbiota. "Science for the next century" 100th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Honolulu, HI.
Anderson K.E. 2015. Microbial ecology of the honey bee and hive. Entomology Colloquium, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Host: Dr. Gene Robinson
Anderson K.E. 2015. The honey bee hygienesphere: Hive-adapted bacterial communities associated with nutrition, pollen preservation, and larval rearing. Annual Convention, California State Beekeepers Association, Sacremento, CA
Maes P.M. and K.E. Anderson 2015. Pollen supplement: The affect of open dry feeding on bacterial communities. Annual Convention, California State Beekeepers Association, Sacremento, CA.
Fitz W. and K.E. Anderson 2015.Exploring multiple factors associated with landscape differences and overwintering loss in a migratory setting. Annual Convention, California State Beekeepers Association, Sacremento, CA.
Anderson K.E. and Corby-Harris V.2015. How do we get there from here? Using big data as a roadmap to understand migratory beekeeping. American Beekeeping Federation, Anaheim, CA.
Corby-Harris V. and Anderson K.E. 2015. Probiotic use of Parasaccharibacter apium for improving honey bee colony health. American Honey Producers Association, Manhattan Beach, CA.
Anderson K.E. 2014. Beebread: The myth, the math, the microbes. Annual Convention, California State Beekeepers Association, Valencia, CA.
Maes P. M. and Anderson K.E. 2014. Pollen supplement: The pros and cons of open dry feeding. Annual Convention, California State Beekeepers Association, Valencia, CA.
Anderson K.E. 2014. Seasonal shifts in the bacterial community structure of newly-collected and hive-stored pollen of honey bees (Apis mellifera). 62nd Annual Entomological Society, Portland OR.
Anderson K.E. 2014. Preservation and degradation in stored pollen of honey bees. International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Cairns, Australia.
Anderson K.E. 2013. Microbial transmission and the pollination landscape: Bacterial associates from flowers, the alimentary tract, and food stores of honey bees (Apis mellifera) 61st Annual Entomological Society. Austin, TX
Anderson K.E. 2012. The honey bee microbiome: Niche, pathogen defense and genome function. Department of Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University, College Station, PA.
Anderson K.E. 2011. Functional diversity of honey bee (Apis mellifera) associated acidophilic bacterial genomes. 59th Annual Entomological Society, Reno, NV.
Anderson K.E. 2010. Microbial ecology of social insects with an emphasis on the Honey bee. Northwest Corner Beekeepers Conference, Hood River OR.
Anderson K.E. 2009. The complex microbial communities of honeybee colonies: A model system for functional metagenomics. NIH-IRACDA Conference. San Francisco, CA.