Kirk E. Anderson
Research Entomologist/Microbial Ecologist
UDSA-ARS Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
Kirk E. Anderson
Research Entomologist/Microbial Ecologist
Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
2000 E. Allen Road,
Tucson, AZ 85719
520- 670-6380 ext. 122 (Office)
PhD. Biology, Arizona State University 2006
M.S. Biology, Boise State University 2002
B.S. Biology, Boise State University 1997
Dr. Anderson is spearheading the honey bee microbiome project to generate a bioinformatic and functional genomic foundation to investigate the contribution of microbial symbionts to honey bee nutrition, immunity and general health. An ecologist in the broadest sense, Dr. Anderson integrates the disciplines of physiology, evolution, genetics and behavior to investigate honey bee social systems at many levels of complexity. Current research activities include:
- Sequencing the honey bee metagenome: Primary symbionts of the honey bee social stomach.
- Coexistence of social stomach symbionts: Towards an understanding of community function.
- The effect of trophallaxis (frequency and behavioral caste specificity) on beneficial symbiont establishment and persistence.
- The introduction of modified microbial communities into gnotobiotic (germ-free) individuals.
- The effect on honey bee health of community composition and ecological succession of microbes in stored pollen.
- The contribution of Lactic acid bacteria to HB social immunity.
- The effect of commercial migratory beekeeping on colony microbial health.
2009-present: Entomologist/Microbial Ecologist, USDA-ARS, Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, Tucson, AZ.
2010- present: Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Entomology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2010-present: Member of the Center for Insect Science, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2009: Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biology, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ.
2006-2009: NIH funded Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Entomology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
2005-2006: Research Specialist, Center for Social Complexity, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
2005: Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biology, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ.
2004-2005: Graduate Teaching Associate, School of Life Sciences and Center for Social Complexity, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
2002-2004: Graduate Research Associate, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
1998-2001: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Biology, Boise State University, Boise ID.
Peer reviewed publications:
Eckholm, B.J., K.E. Anderson, M. Weiss, G. DeGrandi-Hoffman. 2010. Intracolonial genetic
diversity in honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies increases pollen foraging efficiency.
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. In press.
Anderson K.E., S.L. Zeltzer, R.P. Overson and W.H. Clark. 2010. Identification of cryptic
hosts for two inquiline parasites of the Seed-harvester ant Pogonomyrmex and
new localities for P. anergismus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Southwestern Naturalist. In Press.
Curry, M.M., D.E. Wheeler, K. Yang, and K.E. Anderson. 2010. The potential for gene flow
in a dependent lineage system of a Harvester ant: Fair meiosis in the F1 generation.
Journal of Heredity. 101:378-384
Anderson K.E. and W.H. Clark. 2010. Analysis of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, Trichoptera
(EPT) richness and diversity of Sheep and Rattlesnake creeks, Elmore County, Idaho.
Idaho Academy of Science. Accepted.
Anderson K.E., C.R. Smith, T.A. Linksvayer, B.M. Mott, J. Gadau, and J.H. Fewell. 2009.
Modeling the maintenance of a dependent lineage system: The influence of
positive frequency-dependent selection on sex ratio. Evolution. 63:2142-2152.
Smith, C.R., K.E. Anderson, C.V. Tillberg, J. Gadau and A.V. Suarez. 2008. Caste
determination in a polymorphic social insect: nutritional, social, and genetic
factors. American Naturalist. 172: 497–507.
Anderson, K.E., T.A. Linksvayer, and C.R. Smith. 2008. The causes and consequences of
genetic caste determination in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Myrmecological News 11:119-132. (invited review).
Anderson, K.E., S.J. Novak, and J.F. Smith. 2008. Populations composed entirely of hybrid
colonies: Bidirectional hybridization and polyandry in Harvester ants.
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 95:320-336.
Smith, C.R., C. Schoenick, K.E. Anderson, J. Gadau, and A.V. Suarez. 2007. Potential and
actual reproduction by different worker castes in queen-less and queen-right colonies
of Pogonomyrmex badius. Insectes Sociaux. 54:260-267.
Anderson, K.E., B. Hölldobler, B.M. Mott, J.H. Fewell, and J. Gadau. 2006. Population-
wide lineage frequencies predict genetic load in seed-harvester ant Pogonomyrmex.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 103:13433-13438.
Anderson, K.E., J. Gadau, B.M. Mott, A. Altimirano, R.A. Johnson, C. Strehl, and J.H. Fewell.
2006. Distribution and evolution of genetic caste determination in Pogonomyrmex
seed-harvester ants. Ecology. 87:2171-2184.
Clark, R.M., K.E. Anderson, J. Gadau, and J.H. Fewell. 2006. Behavioral regulation of
genetic caste determination in a Pogonomyrmex population with dependent lineages.
Anderson, K.E., and A.C. Keyel. 2006. Mating flight, metrosis and semi-claustrality in the
seed-harvester ant Pogonomyrmex salinus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Insectes Sociaux. 53:92-96.
Harrison, J.F., J.H. Fewell, K.E. Anderson, and J. Loper. 2006. Environmental physiology
of the invasion of the Americas by Africanized honeybees.
Integrative and Comparative Biology. 46:1110-1122.
Anderson K.E., and J.C. Munger. 2003. Effect of temperature on brood relocation in
Pogonomyrmex salinus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Western North American Naturalist 63:122-128.
Manuscripts in review or preparation:
Anderson K.E., D.E. Wheeler, K.Yang, and T.A. Linksvayer. 2010. Dynamics of an ant-ant
obligate mutualism: Colony growth, density dependence and frequency dependence.
Molecular Ecology. In review.
Anderson K.E., B. Eckholm, and G. DeGrandi-Hoffman. 2010. A perspective on the
beneficial microbial communities of social insects, with an emphasis on the honeybee.
(Apis mellifera). In prep.
Anderson K.E., U. Basinger, B.M. Mott, N. Buck, and D.E. Wheeler. 2010. Nutrient
acquisition and the symbiotic microbial community of the desert-adapted turtle ant
Cephalotes rowheri according to 16S rDNA sequences. In prep.
Mott B.M., J. Gadau, and K.E. Anderson. 2010. Phylogeography of Pogonomyrmex
barbatus and P. rugosus harvester ants: Evidence for a complex regional history of
ancient vicariance, recent expansion in arid-adapted insects, and implications for the
success of cryptic hybrid lineages with genetic caste determination. In prep.
Mott B.M., K.E. Anderson, and J. Gadau. 2010. Mating frequency and caste-specific
patriline diversity in three lineages of Pogonomyrmex barbatus. In prep.
Selected presentations at scientific meetings:
Anderson K.E. 2010. Microbial ecology of social insects with an emphasis on the Honey bee. Northwest Corner Beekeepers Conference, Hood River OR. (invited)
Anderson K.E. 2010. Genetics, genomics, and microbial ecology of social insects. Pesticide-Pollinator Workshop, Alfred State College, NY. (invited)
Anderson, K.E. 2009. The complex microbial communities of honeybee colonies: A model system for functional metagenomics. NIH-IRACDA Conference. San Francisco, CA.
Anderson, K.E. C.R. Smith, and T.A. Linksvayer. 2009. Modeling the maintenance of a dependent lineage system: The influence of positive frequency dependent selection on sex ratio. Society for the Study of Evolution. Moscow, ID.
Anderson, K.E. 2008. Dependent lineage Pogonomyrmex; Lineage frequencies and system dynamics. North American Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Camp Guajataca, Puerto Rico.
Mott, B.M., K.E. Anderson and J. Gadau. 2008. How do costs from a loss of phenotypic plasticity affect mating behavior and population lineage frequencies? American Genetics Association’s Annual Symposium on Behavioral Genetics, Raleigh, NC.
Smith, C.R., K.E. Anderson, J. Gadau and A.V. Suarez. 2007. G x E: caste determination
in an ant society. Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting, Burlington, VT.
Anderson K.E., J. Gadau, and J.H. Fewell. 2006. The consequences of polyandry for colony organization: Obligate polyandry and genetic caste determination in Pogonomyrmex.
The 15th Annual IUSSI Congress, Washington, D.C.
Anderson, K.E., R.A. Johnson J. Gadau & J.H. Fewell 2004. Origin and maintenance of genetic caste determination in Pogonomyrmex harvester ants. 52nd Annual meeting of the Entomological Society, Salt Lake City, UT.
Anderson, K.E., R.A. Johnson J. Gadau & J.H. Fewell 2004. Widespread genetic caste determination in Pogonomyrmex harvester ants.
International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Tempe, AZ.
Anderson, K.E. and J.C. Munger. 2003. Morphological and molecular variation across a mosaic hybrid zone. Tenth Annual Poster Hexapodium, Tuscon, AZ,
Keyel, S.A. and K.E. Anderson. 2003. Nuptial flight, dispersal, and metrosis in the seed- harvester ant Pogonomyrmex salinus. Animal Behavior Society, Boise, ID.
Anderson, K.E., J.F. Smith. S.J. Novak, and J.C. Munger. 2003. Hybrid behavior and physiology in Pogonomyrmex harvester ants. Animal Behavior Society, Annual Meeting, Boise ID.
Altamirano, A., K.E. Anderson, R.A. Johnson, and J.H. Fewell. 2003. RFLP and RAPD Analysis of Pogonomyrmex rugosus and P. barbatus across a Broad Hybrid Zone. Tenth Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium.
Anderson, K.E. and J.F. Smith. 2000. Hybridization in Pogonomyrmex harvester ants: Genetic evidence for a mosaic hybrid zone. Society for the Study of Evolution, Bloomington, IN.
2010- present, PhD committee, University of Arizona, Student: Pedro Augusto da Pos Rodrigues Research: The microbial contribution to ant nutritional ecology: Endosymbiosis in Camponotus, and the gut microbes of Cephalotes.
2007- present, PhD committee, University of Arizona, Student: Bruce J. Eckholm.
Research: The adaptive significance of polyandry in honey bees and the impact of polyandry on bee-pollinated agro-ecosystems.
2006-present, MS committee, Arizona State University: Student: Brendon M. Mott.
Research: Mating behavior and biogeography in a dependent lineage system of a social insect.