I joined the Toth laboratory in 2012 after completing my Ph.D. at Arizona State University under Drs. Gro Amdam and Bert Hoelldobler, where I studied the physiological regulation of behavior and development in ants and honey bees. In my position as a postdoc at ISU, I predominantly investigate the interaction of environmental stresses (nutrition, pathogen, pesticide) on honey bee health. I have also worked on similar questions studying native and solitary bees. These studies have spanned from highly-controlled laboratory studies to state-wide honey bee surveys involving dozens of cooperator beekeepers.
My main interests include studying how the landscape honey bees live in contributes to different types of stresses on bees and how these stressors interact to affect physiological, transcriptomic, and behavioral changes in bees. I am also very interested in beekeeping and pollinator education; in addition to presenting at many beekeeping and gardening clubs, field days, and other events, I am also instructing at course in pollinator management in Fall 2015 (Entomology 358X).