Scott E. Dobrin, PhD

Honey bee neurobiology laboratory

Research in my laboratory uses cellular and behavioral approaches in studying the effect of experience in a naturally behaving animal model, the honey bee. Using the century old Golgi impregnation technique, our research asks how foraging experience alters the morphology of individual neurons in the honey bee brain. We also examine the functional implications of these changes by comparing performance of foragers with varying experience in a classical conditioning paradigm. Our work uses behavioral characterization of foraging in the field, basic neuroanatomical analysis, and associative learning paradigms, all of which can be quickly and easily learned by interested undergraduates.