Ph.D. Candidate (Present) Department of Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA.
Advisors: Dr. Christina Grozinger and Dr. John Tooker
Dissertation topic: Elucidating the role of pollen nutrition and landscape diversity in pollinator foraging behavior and health; Pollinator conservation in tropical agricultural and natural ecosystems
M.S. (2010) Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Advisor: Dr. James Ellis
Thesis topic: The effects of land use on Cape honey bee (Apis mellifera capensis Escholtz) nesting dynamics in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
B.S. (2003) College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Psychology
Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab
University of Florida Department of Entomology and Nematology
Advisor: Jamie Ellis, PhD
Research: The effects of land use on Cape honey bee (Apis mellifera capensis Escholtz) nesting dynamics in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Conservation ecology; behavioral ecology; pollination ecology; sociobiology; biodiversity; physiology; sensory processes; evolutionary ecology I am currently researching how pollen nutrition influences the foraging choices of bees. I am studying this process from levels of sensory physiology, behavior, and ecology. I will be researching how different landscapes influence the diversity and nutritional value of pollen collected by bees and how it affects individual and colony health. Finally, I will conduct research addressing the conservation of wild bee populations in tropical agricultural and natural ecosystems.
Vaudo, A.D., H.M. Patch, D.A. Mortensen, J.F. Tooker, and C.M. Grozinger (2016) Macronutrient ratios in pollen shape bumble bee (Bombus impatiens) foraging strategies and floral preferences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1606101113.
Bohnenblust, E.W., A.D. Vaudo, J.F. Egan, D.A. Mortensen, and J.F. Tooker (2015) Effects of the herbicide dicamba on non-target plants and pollinator visitation. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. DOI: 10.1002/etc.3169
Vaudo, A.D., J.F. Tooker, C.M. Grozinger, and H.M. Patch (2015) Bee nutrition and floral resource restoration. Current Opinion in Insect Science. 10: 133-141.
Vaudo, A.D., H.M. Patch, D.A. Mortensen, C.M. Grozinger, and J.F. Tooker (2014) Bumble bees exhibit daily behavioral patterns in pollen foraging. Arthropod-Plant Interactions. 8: 273-283.
Human, H., R. Brodschneider, V. Dietemann, G. Dively, J.D. Ellis, E. Forsgren, I. Fries, F. Hatjina, F. Hu, R. Jaffé, A.B. Jensen, A. Köhler, J.P. Magyar, A. Özkýrým, C.W.W. Pirk, R. Rose, U. Strauss, G. Tanner, D.R. Tarpy, J.J.M. van der Steen, A. Vaudo, F. Vejsnæs, J. Wilde, G.R. Williams, and H. Zheng (2013) Miscellaneous standard methods for Apis mellifera research. Journal of Apicultural Research. 52(4): DOI 10.3896/IBRA.18.104.22.168
Vaudo, A.D., J.D. Ellis, G.A. Cambray, and M. Hill (2012) Honey bee (Apis mellifera capensis/A. m. scutellata hybrid) nesting behavior in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Insectes Sociaux. 59: 323-331.
Vaudo, A.D., J.D. Ellis, G.A. Cambray, and M. Hill (2012)The effects of land use on honey bee (Apis mellifera) population density and colony strength parameters in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Journal of Insect Conservation. 16: 601-611.
Vaudo, AD. (2010) Bee Hunting in South Africa. Florida Melitto Files. Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and University of Florida/Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences. 4(4).
Vaudo, AD. (2009) The Cape Honey Bee. Florida Melitto Files. Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and University of Florida/Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences. 3(2).
Vaudo, A.D. (2009) Waggling Wonder. Florida Mellito Files. Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and University of Florida/Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences. 3(1).
USDA AFRI NIFA Predoctoral Fellowships Grant. ($79,000), 2014
ESA Annual Meeting 2014 Student Competition Presidents Prize. 1st Place in Student Competition. ($75), 2014.
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Bee Health Improvement Project Grant. ($9,700), 2014.
USDA AFRI Student Travel Grant for Entomology 2014. ($500), 2014.
Sahakian Family Endowment for Graduate Education in Agricultural Sciences Travel Award. ($300), 2013.
BBSRC US-UK Honey Bee Health Exchange. ($3,450), 2013. William Yendol Memorial Research Award. ($396.40), 2013.
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research, 2012