Lauren Gregory Rusert, M. S.


Position Title
PhD Student

Entomology and Nematology

Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility RM 117 or Briggs Hall RM 39

Lauren first fell in love with bees in 2003 when she went through her first hive and extracted honey in Northern California, but it wasn’t until 2008 that she made it into her career. At the time, Lauren was attending Penn State where she took her first honey bee class with Maryann Frazier, she soon began working in the Frazier-Mullin lab as a field technician working on pesticide effects on bees. Before Lauren graduated, she moved to Brazil to work on nutritional supplementation for Africanized bees in David DeJong’s lab at the University of Sao Paulo. Upon returning to Penn State, then graduating, Lauren moved to Hawaii to work with the State Apiary Program for 6 years with her final two years there managing the program. Between 2017-2019, Lauren worked on her master’s degree at the North Carolina State University in David Tarpy’s lab where she studied the effects of the Varroa destructor in Hawaii on honey bee mating frequency and quality of queens as well as honey bee population genetics using molecular and genomic techniques. As of 2020, Lauren is now a PhD student in the E.L. Niño Bee Lab where she will be focusing on queen bee acceptance and supersedure in its early stages as well as quantification of different honey bee lines and races.

Lauren’s passion for honey bees includes queen breeding and quality, queen and worker behavior, colony dynamics, and helping beekeepers find applicable solutions for issues they’ve experienced with their hives. She also enjoys outreach & education, as well as engaging kids with bees. If you’d like to learn more about Lauren, please read her CV.