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Jennifer H. Fewell

Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder,1988

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Core Scholarly Themes: Behavioral Ecology and Genetics, Social Insect Biology.

Research Interests: Fewell's area of research is the behavioral ecology and evolution of social insects. She is interested in how task organization evolves within insect societies and in the question of how social groups function as self-organizing networks. Her current work focuses on how intrinsic variation in task performance by individual workers affects colony patterns of division of labor. Additionally, she is examining the role of genotypic variation in colony task performance.

She is also interested in social insect for aging ecology. Her work in this area examines flexibility in individual foraging decisions, as well as the role of foraging energetics and nutrient diversity in foraging strategy.

Selected Publications:
Fewell, J.H. 2003.
Social Insect Networks. Science. 301:1867-1870.

Bertram S.M, R. Gorelick and J.H. Fewell. 2003.
Colony response to graded resource changes: An analytical model of the influence of genotype,environment,and dominance.Theoretical Population Biology. 64:151-162.

Helms Cahan, S and J.H. Fewell. 2003.
Division of labor and the evolution of task sharing in queen associations of the ant Pogonomyrmex californicus.Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology,in press.

Julian, G.E and J.H. Fewell. 2003.
Genetic variation and task specialization in the desert leaf-cutter ant, Acromyrmex versicolor. Animal Behavior, in press.

Fewell, J.H. and S.M. Bertram. 2002.
Evidence for genetic variation in worker task performance by African and European honey bees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 52:318-325.

Julian, G.E., J.H. Fewell, J. Gadau, R.A. Johnson, and D. DeRoma. 2002.
Genetic determination of the queen caste in an ant hybrid zone. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 99: 8157-8160.

Besher, S and J.H. Fewell. 2001.
Models of division of labor in social insects. Annual Review of Entomology 46:413-440

Fewell, J.H. and R.E. Page Jr (1998).
The emergence of division of labor without selection in forced foundress associations of the ant,Pogonomyrmex barbatus.Evolutionary Ecology.In press.

Fewell, J.H., J.F. Harrison, J.R.B. Lighton, M.D. Breed (1996).
Foraging energetics of the ant, Paraponera clavata. Oecologia 105:419-427.

Fewell, J.H. and M.L. Winston. (1996).
Regulation of nectar collection in relation to honey storage levels by honey bees, Apis mellifera. Behavioral Ecology. 7:286-291.

Fewell, J.H. and R.E. Page Jr (1993).
Genotypic variation in foraging responses to environmental stimuli by honey bees, Apis mellifera. Experientia 49:1106-1112.