Maria Kirrane is in the final year of her PhD program at University College Cork in Ireland. She holds a bachelor's degree in Ecology, her main interests being the effects of invasive species on ecosystems. This, combined with a fascination in honey bee behavior, led her to pursue research in the area of the varroa mite. Her PhD research investigates grooming and varroa sensitive hygienic behaviors in Russian and Italian honey bees. Maria hopes that by gaining a better understanding of these behaviors it will be possible to better detect and breed for them. She is co-supervised by Dr Lilia de Guzman at the USDA ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has spent two summers carrying out experiments at this lab.
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