BEE TRACKER
Dave Roubik

ABOUT DAVE

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David Roubik, is an entomologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. For most of his career he has studied tropical insects, especially bees. He is the discoverer of such bizarre bee behavior as that of "vulture bees," which don't feed on pollen, but on rotten meat. His twenty-year study of an aggressive African species, accidentally released in South America, has helped to offset the bad press of those invasive "killer bees." His findings indicate that the pollen spread by the invaders might be helping to increase the food supply for native bees. In 2002, he reported that the pollination of Central American coffee plants by killer bees was leading to bigger coffee harvests. And even to better-tasting coffee!

David grew up far from the tropics, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has a B.S. in entomology from Oregon State and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Kansas. He started at STRI four days after defending his thesis in Kansas, becoming the youngest scientist to work full-time for the Smithsonian in Panama.

VIDEOS WITH DAVE

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WHAT JOB?
FINDING OUT HOW NATURE REALLY WORKS
KILLER BEE COMPETITION

EXTRAS

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Check out the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

Amazing photos and info on Dave's work with orchid bees.