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Lab Photo 2021

That dog does not belong to any of us


Michael himself

Michael L. Smith

Assistant Professor at Auburn University
Affiliate Member of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior

Postdoctoral Fellow, Collective Behavior – Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior / University of Konstanz
Ph.D., Neurobiology and Behavior – Cornell University
A.B., Molecular Biology – Princeton University

Michael is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University. He’s interested in how honey bee colonies function, how their nests are organized, and how individual bees detect the developmental state of their colony.

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Jitesh holding honey bee frame

Jitesh Jhawar

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
M.Tech, Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
B.Tech, Department of Biotechnology, Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior

Jitesh is a Postdoctoral Researcher investigating the role of heterogeneity amongst individuals in the dynamics of collective behavior. He uses a composite approach, involving mathematical modeling and advanced data analysis techniques such as non-linear dimensionality reduction. His broad goal is to identify commonalities and differences across scales of living organisms, from honey bees to human cells. Jitesh is based in Konstanz, and works with an interdisciplinary team of physicists and experimental biologists, based in Konstanz, Bristol, and Auburn.

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Peter Marting with bees and smoke

Peter R. Marting

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Animal Behavior, Arizona State University
M.A., Biological Sciences, University of Missouri – Columbia
B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Missouri - Columbia

Peter is a creative behavioral ecologist interested in collective behavior, environmental effects, species interaction, and natural history. He takes a highly integrative approach to exploring mechanisms and consequences of behavior by incorporating fieldwork, digital tools, genetic analysis, metabolic measurements, and microbiomics.

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Prathibha with bees

Prathibha P. Chandran

Ph.D. Researcher - joined 2021

B.S./M.S., Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, India

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Ethan Rowe with obs hive

Ethan Rowe

Ph.D. Researcher - joined 2021

B.S., Zoology, University of Wyoming

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Claire S. Bailey

Claire with bees

Undergraduate Researcher

B.A. in Organismal Biology, Auburn University, expected graduation May 2023


Maritza R. Spott

Maritza with bees

Undergraduate Researcher

B.S. in Software Engineering, Auburn University, expected graduation May 2023


This could be you!

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., bla bla bla
B.A., bla bla bla


Or this!

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Ph.D. Researcher

B.A., bla bla bla


…or maybe this!

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Undergraduate Researcher

B.A. in Biology - Auburn University, expected graduation XXXX

The Smith Bee Lab officially OPENED at Auburn University on January 1st 2021. We are currently accepting applications at all levels. Learn more


… but you can’t be a Postdoc, PhD, and Undergrad all at once (look, there are physiological limits)