Dr. Tsuruda

I joined the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology in February 2019 as an Assistant Professor and Apiculture Extension Specialist, with interests in bee health and management. Prior to joining UT, I was the Apiculture Specialist at Clemson University, a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University in Dr. Greg Hunt’s lab, and received my Ph.D. at UC Davis under the advisement of Dr. Robert Page. I have worked on associations between foraging behavior, sensory responsiveness, and reproductive physiology in honey bees, as well as breeding for and genetically mapping behavioral resistance against parasitic Varroa mites. At UT, I support the beekeeping industry through the Master Beekeeping Program, field days, and other Extension programming for stakeholders and agents, while also researching ways to improve honey bee health through beekeeper management decisions and foraging resources.

JENNIFER TSURUDA

Assistant Professor
office (865) 974-0209
jtsuruda@utk.edu
*due to frequent travel, email correspondence is preferred

370 Plant Biotechnology Building
2505 EJ Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4560

EDUCATION
B.S., Animal Biology, University of California, Davis
M.S., Entomology, University of California, Davis
Ph.D., Entomology, University of California, Davis

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENT
100% Extension

GRADUATE PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS
Sustainable Disease and Integrated Pest Management Systems
Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Systematics

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Apiculture, Pollination Biology, Genetics, Foraging Behavior

KEY WORDS
honey bees, beekeeping, bee biology, Varroa mites, genetics, foraging, management