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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Color Genes Bees Bombus Genomics Genome Hymenoptera Gene Flow Gene Ecology Butterflies Phenotype Global Change Insecta Phylogeny Wasps Viruses Parasitism Pollinating Insects Ecosystem Ancestry Gene Regulatory Networks Diapause Parasitoid Divergence

Most Recent Publications

Local habitat type influences bumble bee pathogen loads and bee species distributions

Elena M. Gratton, Darin J. McNeil, Christina M. Grozinger, Heather M. Hines, 2023, Environmental Entomology on p. 491-501

Margarita Orlova, Monique Porter, Heather M. Hines, Etya Amsalem, 2023, Animals

Antoine Guiguet, Nathaniel B. McCartney, Kadeem J. Gilbert, John F. Tooker, Andrew R. Deans, Jared Gregory Ali, Heather M. Hines, 2023, Biology Letters

Jason Keagy, Chloe P. Drummond, Kadeem J. Gilbert, Christina M. Grozinger, Jill Hamilton, Heather M. Hines, Jesse Lasky, Cheryl A. Logan, Ruairidh Sawers, Tyler Wagner, 2023, Molecular Ecology Notes

Heather Hines, Shelby Kilpatrick, Istvan Miko, Daniel Snellings, M Lopez-Uribe, Margarita M. López-Uribe, Li Tian, 2022, PeerJ on p. e14555

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

Gaelen R. Burke, Heather M. Hines, Barbara J. Sharanowski, 2021, Genome Biology and Evolution

Sarthok Rasique Rahman, Tatiana Terranova, Li Tian, Heather M. Hines, 2021, Genome Biology and Evolution

Sarthok Rasique Rahman, Jonathan Cnaani, Lisa N. Kinch, Nick V. Grishin, Heather M. Hines, 2021, Scientific Reports on p. 7996

Sajal Dash, Sarthok Rasique Rahman, Heather M. Hines, Wu Chun Feng, 2021, PLoS One

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

Megan A. Supple, Heather M. Hines, Kanchon K. Dasmahapatra, James J. Lewis, Dahlia M. Nielsen, Christine Lavoie, David A. Ray, Camilo Salazar, W. Owen McMillan, Brian A. Counterman, 2013, Genome Research on p. 1248-1257

Darin J. McNeil, Elyse McCormick, Ashley C. Heimann, Melanie Kammerer, Margaret R. Douglas, Sarah C. Goslee, Christina M. Grozinger, Heather M. Hines, 2020, Scientific Reports

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

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.