School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
My fundamental research interests are in behavioural ecology and evolution of native bees, in particular related to mating, social and foraging behaviour. I also contribute to taxonomy and phylogeography of native bees.
My applied interests are in enhancing the environment for crop pollinating bees, development of native bees as greenhouse pollinators, the use of bees as vectors of biological control agents, and the conservation of native bees.
- My Research
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Promoting bee health and crop pollination
Our research focuses on the maintenance and enhancement of bees as pollinators of crops and native plants. We aim to improve management decisions to improve bee health, biodiversity, and crop pollination services, outside and in greenhouses. To achieve this, we try to better understand bee behaviour, including foraging, nesting and mating behaviour, so their natural requirements can be better met. In addition,we aim to translate this information to beekeepers, growers of pollination dependent crops and restoration and land care managers, to improve landscape support for crop pollinators.
Currently, the group is heavily involved in a large collaboration between South Australian researchers, primary industries, governmental organisations and NGOs to design habitat for crop pollinators around, lucerne, apple/pear, canola, and almond. The project is supported through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit Programme. We are also part of the newly started CRC for honey bee products, where we will investigate the potential for plantings in and among almond orchards for honey production.
About 30% of Australian bees is as yet undescribed. We try to remedy this by describing new species. Another issue is that the known species are often difficult to identify because there is a great lack of experts, and only half are covered by identification keys. We try to offer a way out by raising funds to create a barcode library of all reliably identified species. In the future, this should enable anyone with molecular capability to identify Australian native bees.
Bees as Flying Doctors
We promote entomovectoring, i.e. the use of honey bees as flying doctors to the deliver biological control agents to flowers. This video explains some of the benefits of this method:
Our Research Group
Other collaborators within the University of Adleiade, the SA Herbarium and Museum include: Andy Lowe, Phil Weinstein, Martin Breed, Nick Gellie, Ben Sparrow, Patrick O'Connor, Michelle Waycott (Herbarium), Remko Leijs and Mark Stevens (SA Museum)...further links to be added
Within Australia: Ben Oldroyd, Tanya Latty, Romina Rader, Saul Cunningham, Michael Batley, Tim Heard, Liz Barbour.
Internationally: Marten Scheffer (Wageningen), Hayo Velthuis (Wellseind), Heikki Hokkanen (Finland), Solange Augusto (Ueberlandia), Callin Switzer and Stacey Coombe (Harvard), Robert Paxton (Halle).
Language Competency Dutch; Flemish Can read, speak, understand spoken and peer review English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review French Can read, speak and understand spoken German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Spanish; Castilian Can read, speak and understand spoken
Year Citation 2016 Switzer, C., Hogendoorn, K., Ravi, S., & Combes, S. (2016). Shakers and head bangers: Differences in sonication behavior between Australian blue banded bees and North American bumblebees. In INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY Vol. 56 (pp. E217). Portland, OR: OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC. 1999 Schwarz, M., & Hogendoorn, K. (1999). Biodiversity and conservation of Australian native bees. In W. Ponder, & D. Lunney (Eds.), OTHER 99%: THE CONSERVATION AND BIODIVERSITY OF INVERTEBRATES (pp. 388-393). AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOC NEW SOUTH WALES.
1991 HOGENDOORN, K. (1991). INTRASPECIFIC COMPETITION IN THE CARPENTER BEE XYLOCOPA-PUBESCENS AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIALITY. In M. SOMMEIJER, & J. VANDERBLOM (Eds.), PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECTION : EXPERIMENTAL AND APPLIED ENTOMOLOGY OF THE NETHERLANDS ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY ( N E V ), VOL 2, 1991 (pp. 123-128). UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS: NEDERLANDSE ENTOMOLOGISCHE VERNIGING ( N E V ).
Report for External Bodies
Research bees, their behaviour and food. I supervise postgraduate students, but do not teach undergraduates.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Principal Supervisor The conservation and population genetics of the Green Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa aerata) in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Lewis Niel Harsch 2018 Co-Supervisor Pollination and Ecosystem Services Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Dona Kireta
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2016 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Aspects of the Interactions between Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) and Propagules of Plant Pathogens Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Jorgiane Benevenute Parish 2015 - 2020 Principal Supervisor The Evolution of Diet Width in Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) (Halictidae, Apoidea), in Association with Speciation and Sensory Morphology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Trace Akankunda 2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor RNA Viruses in Australian Bees Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Elisabeth Fung 2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Buzzing bees and the evolution of sexual floral dimorphism in Australian spiny Solanum Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Arthur Selwyn Mark
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2016 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Safeguarding native bee pollinators: evaluating management strategies for remnant vegetation adjacent to apple orchards in the Adelaide Hills The University of Adelaide BSc (Hons) Honours Full Time Amber Spronk
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2015 - ongoing Director Australian Entomological Society — Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2014 - ongoing — Australasian Society for the Study of Social Insects — 2004 - ongoing — Australian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour — 2001 - ongoing — Australian Entomological Society —
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2013 - 2017 Editor Arthropod-Plant Interactions — —
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