Dhruba Naug

Dhruba NaugProfessor
Office: Biology 336
Phone: 970-491-2651
Website: http://rydberg.biology.colostate.edu/dhruba
Email: dhruba@colostate.edu

I am interested in understanding the biological principles that organize a social group and the functional outcomes of group living. Using primarily honeybees as a model system and doing experimental work at the level of both the individual and the social group, I am motivated by questions that have a strong theoretical foundation. Projects in my lab largely deal with questions in social behavior, cognition, and how interindividual variability in terms of different traits contributes to these two processes.

Selected Publications

Katz K, Naug D. 2016. Dancers and Followers in a honeybee colony differently prioritize individual and colony nutritional needs. Animal Behaviour 119:69-74.

Reade A, Naug D. 2016. Inter-individual variation in nutrient balancing strategy in the honeybee (Apis mellifera). Journal of Insect Physiology 95:17-22.

Katz K, Naug D. 2015. Energetic state regulates the exploration-exploitation tradeoff in honeybees. Behavioral Ecology 26:1045-1050

Jaumann S, Scudelari R, Naug D. 2013. Energetic cost of learning can cause cognitive impairment in honeybees. Biology Letters 9:20130149

Mayack C, Naug D. 2013. Individual energetic state can prevail over social regulation of foraging in honeybees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67:929-936

Mayack C, Naug D. 2011. A changing but not an absolute energy budget dictates risk-sensitive behavior in the honeybee. Animal Behaviour 82:595-600

Naug D, Wenzel J, 2006. Constraints on foraging success due to resource ecology limit colony productivity in social insects. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60:62-68

Naug D, Camazine S, 2002. The role of colony organization on pathogen transmission in social insects. Journal of Theoretical Biology 215:427-439