Madeleine Beekman

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Madeleine Beekman

I am an evolutionary biologist and a behavioural ecologist with a wide range of interests. Most of my career I have worked on social insects, studying conflict and cooperation in bumblebees, different species of ants, and honeybees. I am currently intrigued by the evolution of RNA viruses, particularly those that affect honeybees. Lastly, my most recent model organism is a weird one: an acellular slime mould. This slime mould is a protist that we are developing as a model organism to understand the evolution of decision-making. Because of my wide-ranging interests, the American Naturalist is the perfect journal for me.

  • The University of Sydney, Professor of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Biology