Parry Kietzman


Behavioral Biologist


Research Associate at Virginia Tech

Email: parry [at] vt [dot] edu

Greater than the sum of its parts:

Honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies are capable of executing complex behaviors due to the cumulative effect of simple interactions among individuals. These behaviors are modulated via positive and negative feedback from communication signals such as the waggle dance and the stop signal.

I completed my PhD in entomology in June 2015 at UC Riverside. I studied the role of honey bee communication during foraging regulation and the swarm nest site selection process. My focus has been on the stop signal, an acoustic signal that provides negative feedback during decision-making processes. To date, I have conducted several experiments using foraging colonies in addition to spending two field seasons investigating decision-making during swarming.

Currently, I am working as a research associate in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech.