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 Hymenoptera Butterflies Phylogeny Bombus Bees Genomics Phenotype Genome Gene Genetic Variation Gene Flow Divergence Ecology Species Complex Apidae Parasitism Sampling Mexico Parasitoids Pigmentation History Phylogenetics Wasps

Most Recent Papers

Developmental Transcriptomics Reveals a Gene Network Driving Mimetic Color Variation in a Bumble Bee

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

A combined RAD-Seq and WGS approach reveals the genomic basis of yellow color variation in bumble bee Bombus terrestris

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

iBLAST

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

Bumble bees in landscapes with abundant floral resources have lower pathogen loads

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

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

Pollen protein

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

Inverse dispersal patterns in a group of ant parasitoids (Hymenoptera

Austin J. Baker, John M. Heraty, Jason Mottern, Junxia Zhang, Heather M. Hines, Alan R. Lemmon, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, 2020, Systematic Entomology on p. 1-19

Endogenization from diverse viral ancestors is common and widespread in parasitoid wasps

Gaelen Burke, Heather Hines, Barbara Sharanowski, 2020, bioRxiv

A combined RAD-Seq and WGS approach reveals the genomic basis of yellow colour variation in bumble bee Bombus terrestris

Sarthok Rahman, Jonathan Cnaani, Lisa Kinch, Nick Grishin, Heather Hines, 2020, bioRxiv

Phylogenomics of Ichneumonoidea (Hymenoptera) and implications for evolution of mode of parasitism and viral endogenization

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

Most-Cited Papers

Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species

Kanchon K. Dasmahapatra, James R. Walters, Adriana D. Briscoe, John W. Davey, Annabel Whibley, Nicola J. Nadeau, Aleksey V. Zimin, Camilo Salazar, Laura C. Ferguson, Simon H. Martin, James J. Lewis, Sebastian Adler, Seung Joon Ahn, Dean A. Baker, Simon W. Baxter, Nicola L. Chamberlain, Chauhan Ritika, Brian A. Counterman, Tamas Dalmay, Lawrence E. Gilbert, Karl Gordon, David G. Heckel, Heather M. Hines, Katharina J. Hoff, Peter W.H. Holland, Emmanuelle Jacquin-Joly, Francis M. Jiggins, Robert T. Jones, Durrell D. Kapan, Paul Kersey, Gerardo Lamas, Daniel Lawson, Daniel Mapleson, Luana S. Maroja, Arnaud Martin, Simon Moxon, William J. Palmer, Riccardo Papa, Alexie Papanicolaou, Yann ick Pauchet, David A. Ray, Neil Rosser, Steven L. Salzberg, Megan A. Supple, Alison Surridge, Ayse Tenger-Trolander, Heiko Vogel, Paul A. Wilkinson, Derek Wilson, James A. Yorke, 2012, Nature on p. 94-98

Optix drives the repeated convergent evolution of butterfly wing pattern mimicry

Robert D. Reed, Riccardo Papa, Arnaud Martin, Heather M. Hines, Brian A. Counterman, Carolina Pardo-Diaz, Chris D. Jiggins, Nicola L. Chamberlain, Marcus R. Kronforst, Rui Chen, Georg Halder, H. Frederik Nijhout, W. Owen McMillan, 2011, Science on p. 1137-1141

Finding Our Way through Phenotypes

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

The gene cortex controls mimicry and crypsis in butterflies and moths

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

Complex modular architecture around a simple toolkit of wing pattern genes

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

Wing patterning gene redefines the mimetic history of Heliconius butterflies

Heather M. Hines, Brian A. Counterman, Riccardo Papa, Priscila Albuquerque De Moura, Marcio Z. Cardoso, Mauricio Linares, James Mallet, Robert D. Reed, Chris D. Jiggins, Marcus R. Kronforst, W. Owen McMillan, 2011, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 19666-19671

Genomic architecture of adaptive color pattern divergence and convergence in Heliconius butterflies

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

Geographical patterns of genetic divergence in the widespread Mesoamerican bumble bee Bombus ephippiatus (Hymenoptera

Michelle A. Duennes, Jeffrey D. Lozier, Heather M. Hines, Sydney A. Cameron, 2012, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution on p. 219-231

Mimetic colour pattern evolution in the highly polymorphic Bombus trifasciatus (Hymenoptera

Heather M. Hines, Paul H. Williams, 2012, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society on p. 805-826

Transcriptome analysis reveals novel patterning and pigmentation genes underlying Heliconius butterfly wing pattern variation

Heather M. Hines, Riccardo Papa, Mayte Ruiz, Alexie Papanicolaou, Charles Wang, H. F. Nijhout, W. O. McMillan, Robert D. Reed, 2012, BMC Genomics on p. 288

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.