Rotary International Presidential Peace Conference 2018
Rotary International Presidential Peace Conference 2018

Professor Madeleine Beekman

Professor Madeleine Beekman

Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Lab, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney NSW

Biography

Madeleine is a professor in Behavioural Ecology at the University of Sydney. Madeleine has always been fascinated by insects in general and social insects in particular. Madeleine completed her PhD at the University of Amsterdam on bumblebees. After finishing her PhD in 1998, she moved to the University of Sheffield, where she worked both on honeybees and ants, a ‘tradition’ she maintained after her move to the University of Sydney in 2001. Currently Madeleine’s main honeybee research interests are conflict and cooperation in honeybee colonies and the evolution of virulence of honeybee RNA viruses. For more information about Madeleine’s lab and the research the lab is involved with, see http://sydney.edu.au/science/biology/socialinsects/index.shtml