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Karen Kapheim

Karen Kapheim


Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: LSB 339
IconPhone: (435) 797-0685

Educational Background

PhD, Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, California, 2010
BS, Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2001


Social evolution, bees, evolutionary genomics, phenotypic plasticity


Dr. Kapheim's research addresses the evolutionary processes responsible for the diversity and plasticity of complex traits. The primary focus of this research is the evolution of social behavior in bees. Dr. Kapheim seeks to understand the developmental and sociogenomic mechanisms underlying behavior to better understand how it evolves. Her research is integrated across sub-disciplines of biology, including evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, comparative genomics and transcriptomics, neuroscience, physiology, and metagenomics.