Dr Shelly Hoover

Dr Shelly HooverPosition

Postdoctoral Fellow - Terrestrial ecology, pollination, social insect biology


BSc University of Northern British Columbia
PhD Simon Fraser University


von Haast 452

Contact Details

Phone: International +64 3 Local 364 2987 ext. 4848
Fax: +64 3 364 2590
Email: hoover.shelley@gmail.com

Postal address:
School of Biological Sciences,
University of Canterbury,
Private Bag 4800,
New Zealand


I am broadly interested in how the behaviours expressed by animals represent finely adapted responses to the social and environmental landscapes in which they live.  I seek to answer fundamental questions about how social insects interact with members of their own colony, members of other colonies, other plant and animal species, and the ecosystems they inhabit.  I use bees (Hymenoptera) as model system to explore the ecology, evolution, and physiology of social insects, and their effects on the landscapes they inhabit. My research draws on theories and methods from traditional terrestrial ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and functional genomics to investigate these questions at scales that range from very large (communities and populations) to very small (individual gene expression).

My research interests are currently focused in three main areas: (1) How does climate change affect plant growth and attractiveness to pollinators? Will increases in CO2, N, and temperature potentially destabilize plant-pollinator relationships? (2) Niche partitioning, pollinator complementarity and the development of plant-pollinator networks. (3) The social, environmental, and genetic factors that affect individual variation in the behaviour of social insects, particularly honey and bumble bees.


  • Grozinger CM, Fan Y, Hoover SER, Winston ML (2007) Genome-wide analysis reveals differences in brain gene expression patterns associated with caste and reproductive status in honey bees (Apis mellifera). Molecular Ecology 16:4837-4848
  • Hoover SER, Shannon LGW, Ackerman JD (2007) The effect of riparian condition on invertebrate drift in mountain streams. Aquatic Sciences 69:544-553
  • Hoover SER, Higo HA, Winston ML (2005) Worker honey bee ovary development: seasonal variation and the influence of larval and adult nutrition.  Journal of Comparative Physiology B 176(1):55-63
  • Gervan NL, Winston ML, Higo HA, Hoover SER (2005) The Effects of Honey Bee (Apis mellifera L.) Queen Mandibular Pheromone on Colony Defensive Behaviour. Journal of Apicultural Research 44:175-179.
  • Hoover SER, Winston ML, Oldroyd BP (2005) Retinue attraction and ovary activation: responses of wild type and anarchistic honey bees (Apis mellifera) to queen pheromones. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59(2):278-284
  • Hoover SER, Oldroyd BP, Wossler TC, Winston ML (2005) Anarchistic queen honey bees have normal queen mandibular pheromones. Insectes Sociaux 52(1):6-10
  • Birmingham AL, Hoover SER, Winston ML, Ydenberg RC (2005) Drifting bumble bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) workers in commercial greenhouses may be social parasites.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 82:1-11
  • Hoover SER, Keeling CI, Slessor KN, Winston ML (2003) The effect of queen pheromones on honey bee worker ovary development. Naturwissenschaften 90:477-480
  • Hoover SER, Lindgren BS, Keeling CI, Slessor KN (2000) Enantiomer preference of Trypodendron lineatum (Olivier) (Coleoptera: Scolytidae), and effect of pheromone dose and trap length on its response to lineatin-baited traps in interior British Columbia. Journal of Chemical Ecology 26(3):667-678
  • Lindgren BS, Hoover SER, MacIsaac A-M, Keeling CI, Slessor KN (2000) Lineatin enantiomer preference, flight periodicity, and effect of trap length and pheromone concentration on trap catches of three sympatric Trypodendron species(Coleoptera: Scolytidae). Canadian Entomologist 132:877-887