Parry Kietzman

Research Associate, Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences ·

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Greater than the sum of its parts: pollinator conservation for sustainable ecosystems

  • Sustainable agriculture | Agroecology | Conservation | Pollinators | Plant-insect ecosystems | Behavioral ecology

News! I am currently guest editing a special issue of Insectes Sociaux called "Successes and Challenges in Social Insect Conservation." More information and submission instructions here:
cattle in a wildflower-enhanced pasture


I am a broadly-trained insect ecologist with interests in sustainable agroecosystems, landscape rehabilitation, and pollinator conservation. My current research focus is on pollinator habitat restoration in cattle pastures. I am part of an interdisciplinary team conducting a multi-year project on integrating native wildflowers to pastureland and measuring the pollinator communities in these rehabilitated areas.

Previously, I have been a collaborator on a large-scale, longitudinal study of conventional, organic, and natural beekeeping practices, which was conducted to help inform beekeepers on effective colony management choices. I have also conducted research on honey bee communication signals, particularly the waggle dance and stop signal, and their effect on a colony’s group decision-making processes such as foraging regulation and the swarm nest site selection process.

I routinely involve undergraduate students in my research, and have enjoyed mentoring them through the processes of experimental design, data collection in the field or lab, statistical analysis, and preparing the results for presentation. I have co-authored peer-reviewed and popular press articles with some of my undergraduate students and have taken others to present their work at conferences.

I enjoy interdisciplinary collaborations, particularly those that involve integrating technology with insect ecology, and hope to continue finding opportunities for such partnerships.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Ohlinger, B.D., Schürch, R., Durzi, S., Kietzman, P.M., Silliman, M.R., and Couvillon, M.J. 2022. Honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) decrease foraging but not recruitment after neonicotinoid exposure. Journal of Insect Science 22.

Kietzman, P.M., and Visscher, P.K. 2020. The influence of available comb storage space on the performance of honey bee communication signals that regulate foraging. Apidologie. doi:10.1007/s13592-020-00803-z.

Kietzman, P.M. and Visscher, P.K. 2019. Follower position does not affect waggle dance information transfer. Psyche. doi:10.1155/2019/4939120.

Bell, H.C., Kietzman, P.M., and Nieh, J.C. 2019. The complex world of honey bee vibrational signaling: A response to Ramsey et al. doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.28012.82562.

Kietzman, P.M., Lalor, J.K, and Visscher, P.K. 2017. Stop signaling by foragers not encountering danger at a food source. Insectes Sociaux 64: 307.

Kietzman, P.M., and Visscher, P.K. 2015. The anti-waggle dance: use of the stop signal as negative feedback. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:14. doi:10.3389/fevo.2015.00014.

Articles for the Popular Press

Kietzman, P.M.. 2022. Bee-friendly beef: bringing back pollinator habitat through landscape rehabilitation. The Beekeep- ers Quarterly 149: 16-18.

Kietzman, P.M. 2021. Bee-friendly beef: rehabilitating cattle pastures to increase pollinator habitat. Natural History of Eco- logical Restoration.

Kietzman, P.M, O’Rourke, M., and Tracy, B.F. 2020. Establishing Pollinator Refuges in Pastureland. Agrilinks.

Stupiski, D. S., Heywood, K., Kietzman, P.M., and Underwood, R. 2020. Thermography and Beekeeping. American Bee Journal 160: 319.

Macdonald, A.P. 2005. do you do this? Bee Culture. October: 35-6.

In the Pipeline

Underwood, R.M., Lawrence, B., Turley, N.E., Cambron-Kopco, L.D., Kietzman, P., Traver, B.E., and López-Uribe, M.M. A longitudinal experiment demonstrates that organic beekeeping management systems support healthy and productive honey bee colonies. SUBMITTED to Scientific Reports 11/2022.

Pollinator choice preferences in wildflower-enhanced cattle grazing systems.

Pollinator prevalence in wildflower-enhanced versus tall fescue pastures.


University of California at Riverside



Wheaton College (IL)

Bachelor of Science

2006-fall 2009

Curriculum Vitae

PM Kietzman 2022.