Margarita Lopez-Uribe

Associate Professor of Entomology

Margarita Lopez-Uribe

Research Summary

How environmental change and human management shape bee health and long-term persistence of their populations in agricultural areas.

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Publication Tags

Bees Bee Apoidea Phylogeny Pollinating Insects Climate Change Hymenoptera Agriculture Climate Population Honey Bees Domestication Biogeography Pollinator Crops Pollen Honey Urbanization Biodiversity Monitoring Pathogens Feral Food Pollination Apidae

Most Recent Publications

Nash E. Turley, David J. Biddinger, Neelendra K. Joshi, Margarita M. López-Uribe, 2022, Ecology and Evolution

Combined effects of oxalic acid sublimation and brood breaks on Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) and deformed wing virus levels in newly established honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies

Kathleen C. Evans, Robyn M. Underwood, Margarita M. López-Uribe, 2022, Journal of Apicultural Research on p. 197-205

Laura J. Jones, Ryan P. Ford, Rudolf J. Schilder, Margarita M. López-Uribe, 2021, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology

C. M. McGrady, J. P. Strange, M. M. López-Uribe, S. J. Fleischer, 2021, Ecosphere

Polinización de pepino

Ginamaria Roman-Echevarria, Shelby Fleishcer, Margarita López-Uribe, 2021,

Cucumber pollination

Ginamaria Roman-Echevarria, Shelby Fleishcer, Margarita López-Uribe, 2021,

2021 Current Issues for PA Vegetable and Berry Crops

B Gugino, K Demchak, S Fleischer, Margarita López-Uribe, 2021, Pennsylvania State Extension (Newsletter Article)

Overlap of Ecological Niche Breadth of Euglossa cordata and Eulaema nigrita (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Euglossini) Accessed by Pollen Loads and Species Distribution Modeling

Elder Assis Miranda, Irailde do Nascimento Lima, Cíntia A. Oi, Margarita M. López-Uribe, Marco Antonio Del Lama, Breno Magalhães Freitas, Cláudia Inês Silva, 2021, Neotropical Entomology on p. 197-207

Shelby Kerrin Kilpatrick, Jason Gibbs, Martin M. Mikulas, Sven Erik Spichiger, Nancy Ostiguy, David J. Biddinger, Margarita M. López-Uribe, 2021, Journal of Hymenoptera Research on p. 181-189

Biology of the squash bee, Eucera (Peponapis) pruinosa

Kristen Brochu, Shelby Fleishcer, Margarita López-Uribe, 2021,

Most-Cited Papers

April L. Hamblin, Elsa Youngsteadt, Margarita M. López-Uribe, Steven D. Frank, 2017, Biology Letters on p. 20170125

S. F. Ryan, N. L. Adamson, A. Aktipis, L. K. Andersen, R. Austin, L. Barnes, M. R. Beasley, K. D. Bedell, S. Briggs, B. Chapman, C. B. Cooper, J. O. Corn, N. G. Creamer, J. A. Delborne, P. Domenico, E. Driscoll, J. Goodwin, A. Hjarding, J. M. Hulbert, S. Isard, M. G. Just, K. Kar Gupta, M. M. López-Uribe, J. O’Sullivan, E. A. Landis, A. A. Madden, E. A. McKenney, L. M. Nichols, B. J. Reading, S. Russell, N. Sengupta, L. R. Shapiro, L. K. Shell, J. K. Sheard, D. D. Shoemaker, D. M. Sorger, C. Starling, S. Thakur, R. R. Vatsavai, M. Weinstein, P. Winfrey, R. R. Dunn, 2018, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Climate, physiological tolerance and sex-biased dispersal shape genetic structure of Neotropical orchid bees

Margarita M. López-Uribe, Kelly R. Zamudio, Carolina F. Cardoso, Bryan N. Danforth, 2014, Molecular Ecology on p. 1874-1890

Elsa Youngsteadt, R. Holden Appler, Margarita M. López-Uribe, David R. Tarpy, Steven D. Frank, 2015, PLoS One

Margarita M. López-Uribe, James H. Cane, Robert L. Minckley, Bryan N. Danforth, 2016, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on p. 20160443

Margarita M. López-Uribe, Stephen J. Morreale, Christine K. Santiago, Bryan N. Danforth, 2015, PLoS One

Margarita M. Lopez-Uribe, Vincent A. Ricigliano, Michael Simone-Finstrom, 2020, Annual Review of Animal Biosciences on p. 269-294

Margarita M. López-Uribe, Warren B. Sconiers, Steven D. Frank, Robert R. Dunn, David R. Tarpy, 2016, Biology Letters on p. 20150984

Robyn M. Underwood, Brenna E. Traver, Margarita M. López-Uribe, 2019, Insects

Phylogeny, new generic-level classification, and historical biogeography of the Eucera complex (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

A. Dorchin, M. M. López-Uribe, C. J. Praz, T. Griswold, B. N. Danforth, 2018, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution on p. 81-92

News Articles Featuring Margarita Lopez-Uribe

Study suggests one-third of wild bee species in Pa. have declined in abundance

Over a six-year period in southcentral Pennsylvania, measures of biodiversity among wild bee communities declined and one-third of species experienced decreases in abundance, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers.

Graduate students in entomology and ecology win prestigious fellowships

Two graduate students who work in the laboratory of an entomology faculty member in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received prestigious fellowships to further their graduate education and research.

Undergrads to present research at public symposium on climate science, solutions

Four summer research programs that task undergraduate students with exploring pressing research related to climate science and solutions are culminating in a combined event that is open to the public.

What genetic sequencing can reveal about the secret lives of bees

Bees are, in many ways, the darlings of the insect world. Not only do they play a crucial role in thriving ecosystems, but they’re also harbingers of the worsening consequences of climate change.

Entomologists to study how climate change may influence pollinator stressors

A Penn State-led team of researchers will use a newly awarded $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to examine how climate change may influence and interact with various stressors that affect the health of pollinators.

Scientists evolve a fungus to battle deadly honey bee parasite

The biggest scourge to bees is tiny—a mite the size of a pinhead that feeds on them and spreads deadly viruses. Getting rid of the parasite, Varroa destructor, is tough: Chemicals can kill it, but the mite has started to evolve resistance to the usual pesticides; moreover, these and other treatments can harm the bees themselves. Now, researchers have toughened up a mite-killing fungus so it can slay the bee slayers inside a hot beehive. If the new strain passes further tests, it could help honey bees around the world avoid a gruesome fate, and reduce the use of chemical pesticides.

Entomologist to examine how plant domestication influences pollinator evolution

A grant of nearly $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation will support a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in a study examining the influence of plant domestication on the ecology and evolution of wild pollinator species in agricultural landscapes.

Menaced by Murder Hornets, Bees Decorate Their Hives With Feces

Asian honeybees have exhibited what scientists call a form of tool use to deter attacks by giant predatory wasps.

Checklist of Pa. bees documents 49 new species and some that may be endangered

A study documenting bees that are reported to occur in Pennsylvania has found the presence of 437 species, including 49 never before recorded in the state. Researchers said the resulting checklist of bees in the commonwealth also identifies species not native to North America and several native species that may be of conservation concern.

Penn State Extension webinars focus on bee biology, ecology and management

An eight-part webinar series developed by Penn State Extension aims to teach people all about bees, discussing topics as diverse as colony survival, queen bee rearing and transforming one’s garden into a pollinator-friendly habitat.