Marla Spivak

Entomology Researcher
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Marla Spivak is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor and Extension Entomologist in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Her research and extension efforts focus on honey bee health, breeding, and behavior, and on the sustainable management of alternative pollinators. She has bred the Minnesota Hygienic line of honey bees, which demonstrates resistance to diseases and Varroa mites. Her current line of study centers on propolis, a plant-derived resin collected by bees; specifically the benefits of propolis to the immune system of bees, and antimicrobial properties of propolis against bee and human pathogens. From 1989-1992, Spivak was a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona. She was hired as Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota in 1992. She obtained her doctorate in entomology in 1989 at the University of Kansas under Dr. Orley Taylor on the ecology of Africanized honey bees in Costa Rica.

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