Heather Hines

Associate Professor of Biology and Entomology

Heather Hines

Research Summary

Applies genomic, transcriptomic, phylogenomic, and bioinformatic approaches to study the evolution and genetics of diverse traits in bees and wasps. This includes study of mimetic color diversification, plant gall induction, novel morphologies, speciation, and social evolution.

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Genomics Gene Flow Color Ecology Genes Bombus Phylogeny Genome Hymenoptera Butterflies Butterfly Bees Parasitism Insecta Divergence Phenotype Pollinating Insects Natural Selection Ecosystem Gene Heliconius Wasps Cladistics Biological Sciences Heliconius Butterflies

Most Recent Publications

J Keagy, Chloe Drummond, Kadeem Gilbert, C Grozinger, J Hamilton, H Hines, J Lasky, Cheryl Logan, Ruairidh Sawers, T Wagner, Molecular Ecology Resources

Comparison of seasonal viral prevalence supports honey bees as potential spring pathogen reservoirs for bumble bees

Briana E. Wham, Elyse C. McCormick, Casey M. Carr, Nicole R. Bracci, Ashley C. Heimann, Timothy J. Egner, M. Jesse Schneider, Heather M. Hines, 2024, Ecosphere

Jixiang Cui, Yuxin Chen, Heather M. Hines, Ling Ma, Wanhu Yang, Chao Wang, Shanlin Liu, Hu Li, Wanzhi Cai, Wa Da, Paul Williams, Li Tian, 2024, Science advances

Louis F. Nastasi, John F. Tooker, Charles K. Davis, Cecil N. Smith, Timothy S. Frey, M. J. Hatfield, Tara M. Presnall, Heather M. Hines, Andrew R. Deans, 2024, Journal of Hymenoptera Research on p. 399-439

Brian J. Spiesman, Claudio Gratton, Elena Gratton, Heather Hines, 2024, PLoS One

Wanhu Yang, Jixiang Cui, Yuxin Chen, Chao Wang, Yuanzhi Yin, Wei Zhang, Shanlin Liu, Cheng Sun, Hu Li, Yuange Duan, Fan Song, Wanzhi Cai, Heather M. Hines, Li Tian, 2023, Molecular Biology and Evolution

Antoine Guiguet, John Tooker, Andrew R. Deans, Istvan Miko, István Mikó, Gang Ning, Szabina Schweger, Szabina Schwéger, Heather M. Hines, 2023, Insect Systematics and Diversity on p. 3

Antoine Guiguet, Nathaniel McCartney, Kadeem Gilbert, John Tooker, Andrew Deans, Jared Gregory Ali, Heather M. Hines, 2023, Biology Letters on p. 20220513–20220513

Gabriela Quinlan, Cody Feuerborn, Heather M. Hines, Christina Grozinger, 2023, Journal of Experimental Biology on p. jeb245924

Cody Feuerborn, Gabriela Quinlan, Rachael Shippee, Tori Strausser, Tatiana Terranova, Christina Grozinger, Heather M. Hines, 2023, Ecology and Evolution on p. e10730

Most-Cited Papers

Andrew R. Deans, Suzanna E. Lewis, Eva Huala, Salvatore S. Anzaldo, Michael Ashburner, James P. Balhoff, David C. Blackburn, Judith A. Blake, J. Gordon Burleigh, Bruno Chanet, Laurel D. Cooper, Mélanie Courtot, Sándor Csösz, Hong Cui, Wasila Dahdul, Sandip Das, T. Alexander Dececchi, Agnes Dettai, Rui Diogo, Robert E. Druzinsky, Michel Dumontier, Nico M. Franz, Frank Friedrich, George V. Gkoutos, Melissa Haendel, Luke J. Harmon, Terry F. Hayamizu, Yongqun He, Heather M. Hines, Nizar Ibrahim, Laura M. Jackson, Pankaj Jaiswal, Christina James-Zorn, Sebastian Köhler, Guillaume Lecointre, Hilmar Lapp, Carolyn J. Lawrence, Nicolas Le Novère, John G. Lundberg, James Macklin, Austin R. Mast, Peter E. Midford, István Mikó, Christopher J. Mungall, Anika Oellrich, David Osumi-Sutherland, Helen Parkinson, Martín J. Ramírez, Stefan Richter, Peter N. Robinson, Alan Ruttenberg, Katja S. Schulz, Erik Segerdell, Katja C. Seltmann, Michael J. Sharkey, Aaron D. Smith, Barry Smith, Chelsea D. Specht, R. Burke Squires, Robert W. Thacker, Anne Thessen, Jose Fernandez-Triana, Mauno Vihinen, Peter D. Vize, Lars Vogt, Christine E. Wall, Ramona L. Walls, Monte Westerfeld, Robert A. Wharton, Christian S. Wirkner, James B. Woolley, Matthew J. Yoder, Aaron M. Zorn, Paula Mabee, 2015, PLoS Biology on p. e1002033

Nicola J. Nadeau, Carolina Pardo-Diaz, Annabel Whibley, Megan A. Supple, Suzanne V. Saenko, Richard W.R. Wallbank, Grace C. Wu, Luana Maroja, Laura Ferguson, Joseph J. Hanly, Heather Hines, Camilo Salazar, Richard M. Merrill, Andrea J. Dowling, Richard H. Ffrench-Constant, Violaine Llaurens, Mathieu Joron, W. Owen McMillan, Chris D. Jiggins, 2016, Nature on p. 106-110

Steven M. Van Belleghem, Pasi Rastas, Alexie Papanicolaou, Simon H. Martin, Carlos F. Arias, Megan A. Supple, Joseph J. Hanly, James Mallet, James J. Lewis, Heather M. Hines, Mayte Ruiz, Camilo Salazar, Mauricio Linares, Gilson R.P. Moreira, Chris D. Jiggins, Brian A. Counterman, W. Owen McMillan, Riccardo Papa, 2017, Nature Ecology and Evolution

Anthony Vaudo, John Tooker, Harland M. Patch, David J. Biddinger, Michael Coccia, Makaylee Crone, Mark Fiely, Jacob Francis, Heather M. Hines, Mackenzie Hodges, Stephanie Jackson, Denis Michez, Junpeng Mu, Laura Russo, Maliheh Safari, Erin Treanore, Maryse Vanderplanck, E Yip, Anne Leonard, Christina M. Grozinger, 2020, Insects on p. 132

Darin McNeil, Elyse McCormick, Ashley Heimann, Melanie Kammerer, Margaret Douglas, Sarah Goslee, Christina Grozinger, Heather M. Hines, 2020, Scientific Reports on p. 22306

Patrick Lhomme, Heather M. Hines, 2019, Annals of the Entomological Society of America on p. 122-140

Substantial genetic divergence and lack of recent gene flow support cryptic speciation in a colour polymorphic bumble bee (Bombus bifarius) species complex

Guillaume Ghisbain, Jeffrey D. Lozier, Sarthok Rasique Rahman, Briana D. Ezray, Li Tian, Jonah M. Ulmer, Sam D. Heraghty, James P. Strange, Pierre Rasmont, Heather M. Hines, 2020, Systematic Entomology on p. 635-652

Guillaume Ghisbain, Maxence Gérard, Thomas J. Wood, Heather M. Hines, Denis Michez, 2021, Biological Reviews on p. 2755-2770

Megan A. Supple, Riccardo Papa, Heather M. Hines, W. Owen McMillan, Brian A. Counterman, 2015, BMC Evolutionary Biology

Barbara J. Sharanowski, Ryan D. Ridenbaugh, Patrick K. Piekarski, Gavin R. Broad, Gaelen R. Burke, Andrew R. Deans, Alan R. Lemmon, Emily C. Moriarty Lemmon, Gloria J. Diehl, James B. Whitfield, Heather M. Hines, 2020, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

News Articles Featuring Heather Hines

Scientists uncover the genetic pathway that colors bumble bee stripes

While most people in the U.S. may think of bumble bees as the standard yellow and black variety, there are an estimated 260 bee species that sport about 400 different color patterns. One reason many people associate bumble bees with distinct colors is because evolution can influence multiple bee species to share similar color patterns in specific geographic regions, which scientists call mimicry.

Climate Change Has Driven Serious Declines in World’s Bumblebees

The number of habitats in North America that bumblebees occupy has fallen by almost 50 percent

Bumblebees Are Going Extinct In A Time of Climate Chaos

Loss of the vital pollinators, due in part to temperature extremes and fluctuations, could have dire consequences for ecosystems and agriculture.

How The Bumble Bee Got Its Stripes

Researchers have discovered a gene that drives color differences within a species of bumble bees. This discovery helps to explain the highly diverse color patterns among bumble bee species as well as how mimicry — individuals in an area adopting similar color patterns — evolves.

Researchers Identify ‘Color Switch’ Gene in Black-Tailed Bumblebees

Penn State researcher Heather Hines and colleagues investigated the genetic basis of color in the black-tailed bumblebee, which exhibits two regional color patterns.