Dhruba Naug

Dhruba NaugAssociate Professor
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, nutrition, energetics, and life history patterns.

Selected Publications

Katz K, Naug D. 2016. Dancers and Followers in a honeybee colony differently prioritize individual and colony nutritional needs. Animal Behaviour. In press.

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

Mayack C, Naug D. 2015. Starving honeybees lose self-control. Biology Letters 11: 20140820

Naug D. 2014. Infected honeybee foragers incur a higher loss in efficiency than in the rate of energetic gain. Biology Letters 10:20140731

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

Campbell J, Kessler B, Mayack C, Naug D. 2010. Behavioral fever in infected honeybees: Parasitic manipulation or coincidental benefits? Parasitology 137:1487-1491

Naug D, 2009. Nutritional stress due to habitat loss can explain recent honeybee colony collapses. Biological Conservation 142:2369-2372

Naug D, 2008. Structure of the social network and its influence on transmission dynamics in a honeybee colony. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62:1719-1725

Naug D, Smith BH, 2007. Experimentally induced change in infectious period affects transmission dynamics in a social group. Proceedings Royal Society B 274:61-65

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