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Robert Page

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Provost Emeritus
Administrative, Tempe Campus, Mailcode 7805
Provost Emeritus
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7805
Provost Emeritus; Foundation Chair of Life Sciences
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7805
Provost Emeritus
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7805

Provost of the University
Foundation Chair of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Robert E. Page, Jr. is Provost for the University and Foundation Chair of Life Sciences. He was the Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2011-2013) and the Founding Director of the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University (2004-2011). He joined ASU in 2004 after spending 15 years on the faculty of the University of California Davis where he served as Chair of Entomology from 1999-2004. His background is in behavior and population genetics and the focus of his current research is on the evolution of complex social behavior. Using the honey bee as a model, Dr. Page has dissected their complex foraging division of labor at all levels of biological organization from gene networks to complex social interactions. Dr. Page has published more than 230 research papers and articles, 5 books, and is listed as a “highly-cited author” by the ISI Web of Knowledge, representing the top 1/2 of 1 percent of publishing scientists. He received the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (the Humboldt Prize) in 1995, the highest honor given by the German government to foreign scientists. In 2010 he was elected to the Leopoldina - the German National Academy of Science, the longest continuing academy in the world. Dr. Page is also an Elected Foreign Member of the Brazilian Academy of Science (1999), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1991), Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2009-2010).

  • A Sirviö, J Gadau, O Rueppell, D Lamatsch, J Boomsma, P Pamilo, Robert Page. High recombination frequency creates genotypic diversity in colonies of the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior. Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2006).
  • G Amdam, K Norberg, Robert Page, J Erber, R Scheiner. Downregulation of vitellogenin gene activitiy increases the gustatory responsiveness of honey bee workers (Apis mellifera L.). Behavioral Brain Research (2006).
  • Gro Amdam, A Csondes, M Fondrk, Robert Page. Complex social behaviour derived from maternal reproductive traits. Nature (2006).
  • M Beye, O Rueppell, A Sirviö, E Guzmán-Novoa, G Hunt, M Solignac, Robert Page, I Gattermeier, M Hasselmann, T Gempe, M Schioett, J Baines, D Schlipalius, F Mougel, C Emore. Exceptionally high levels of recombination across the honey bee genome. Genome Research (2006).
  • O Rueppell, S Chandra, T Pankiw, M Fondrk, M Beye, G Hunt, Robert Page. The genetic architecture of sucrose responsiveness in the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.). Genetics (2006).
  • Robert Page. Insights into social insects from the genome of the honeybee Apis mellifera. Nature (2006).
  • Robert Page, R Scheiner, J Erber, G Amdam. The development and evolution of division of labor and foraging specialization in a social insect. Current Topics in Developmental Biology (2006).
  • E Guzmán-Novoa, G Hunt, Robert Page, J Uribe-Rubio, D Prieto-Merlos, F Becerra-Guzman. Paternal effects on the defensive behavior of honeybees. Journal of Heredity (2005).
  • G Amdam, Robert Page. Intergenerational transfers may have decoupled physiological and chronological age in a eusocial insect. Aging Research Reviews (2005).
  • M Humphries, M Fondrk, Robert Page. Locomotion and the pollen hoarding behavioral syndrome of the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.). Journal of Comparative Physiology A (2005).
  • O Rüppell, M Fondrk, Robert Page. Biodemographic analysis of male honey bee mortality. Aging Cell (2005).
  • O Rueppell, Robert Page, M Fondrk. Male maturation rate respond to selection on pollen hoarding in honeybees. Animal Behaviour (2005).
  • P Hedrick, J Gadau, Robert Page. Genetic sex determination and extinction. Trends in Ecology and Evolution (2005).
  • D Schulz, T Pankiw, K Fondrk, G Robinson, Robert Page. Comparisons of juvenile hormone hemolymph and octopamine brain titers in honey bees (Apis mellifera) selected for high and low pollen hoarding. Annals of the Entomological Society of America (2004).
  • G Amdam, K Norberg, M Fondrk, Robert Page. Reproductive ground plan may mediate colony-level effects on individual foraging behavior in honey bees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA (2004).
  • O Rüppell, T Pankiw, Robert Page. Pleiotropy, epistasis, and new QTL: the genetic architecture of honey bee foraging behavior. Journal of Heredity (2004).
  • O Rueppell, G Amdam, Robert Page, J Carey. From genes to societies. Science of Aging Knowledge Environment (2004).
  • R Scheiner, Robert Page, J Erber. Sucrose responsiveness and behavioral plasticity in honey bees. Apidologie (2004).
  • T Pankiw, M Nelson, Robert Page, M Fondrk. The communal crop: modulation of sucrose response thresholds of pre-foraging honey bees with incoming nectar quality. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2004).
  • M Beye, M Hasselmann, M Fondrk, Robert Page, S Omholt. The gene csd is the primary signal for sexual development in the honeybee and encodes an SR-type protein. Cell (2003).
  • M Humphries, U Müller, M Fondrk, Robert Page. PKA and PKC content in the honey bee central brain differs in genotypic strains with distinct foraging behavior. Journal of Comparative Physiology A (2003).
  • T Pankiw, Robert Page. The effect of pheromones, hormones, and handling on sucrose response thresholds of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). Journal of Comparative Physiology A (2003).
  • D Tarpy, Robert Page. Sex determination and the evolution of polyandry in honey bees (Apis mellifera). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2002).
  • E Guzmán-Novoa, G Hunt, Robert Page, M Fondrk. Genetic correlations among honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) behavioral characteristics and body size. Annals of the Entomological Society of America (2002).
  • G DeGrandi-Hoffman, Robert Page, J Martin, M Fondrk. Can the frequency of reduced Varroa jacobsoni (oud.) fecundity in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) pupae be increased by selection?. Apidologie (2002).
  • J Gadau, Robert Page, J Werren. The genetic basis of interspecific differences in wing size in Nasonia (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae): major quantitative trait loci and epistasis. Genetics (2002).
  • J Tomkins, Y Yu, G Hunt, R Wing, M Luo, G Fang, D Main, J Goicoechea, M Atkins, D Frisch, Robert Page, E Guzmán-Novoa. New genomic resources for the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.): development of a deep-coverage BAC library and a preliminary STC database. Genetics and Molecular Research (2002).
  • Robert Page, J Erber. Levels of behavioral organization and the evolution of division of labor. Naturwissenschaften (2002).
  • Robert Page, Juergen Gadau, M Beye. The emergence of hymenopteran genetics. Genetics (2002).
  • T Pankiw, D Tarpy, Robert Page. Genotype and rearing environment affect honeybee perception and foraging behaviour. Animal Behavior (2002).
  • Guzmán-Novoa, E,Page, Robert Eugene. Successful selective breeding of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in an africanized area of Mexico. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Africanized Honey Bees and Bee Mites (2002).
  • D Tarpy, Robert Page. The curious promiscuity of queen honey bees (Apis mellifera): evolutionary and behavioral mechanisms. Annales Zoologici Fennici (2001).
  • J Erber, Robert Page. The evolutionary dynamics of social organization in insect societies: from behavior to genes and back. Santa Fe Institute Bulletin 16 (2001).
  • J Gadau, C Gerloffs, N Krügers, H Chan, P Schmid-Hempel, A Wille, Robert Page. A linkage analysis of sex determination in Bombus terrestris (L.) (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Heredity (2001).
  • M Hasselmann, M Fondrk, Robert Page, M Beye. Fine scale mapping in the sex locus region of the honey bee (Apis mellifera). Insect Molecular Biology (2001).
  • R Scheiner, Robert Page, J Erber. Responsiveness to sucrose affects tactile and olfactory learning in preforaging honey bees of two genetic strains. Behavioural Brain Research (2001).
  • R Scheiner, Robert Page, J Erber. The effects of genotype, foraging role and sucrose responsiveness on the tactile learning performance of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (2001).
  • Robert Page, C Peng. Aging and development in social insects with emphasis on the honey bee, Apis mellifera L. Experimental Gerontology (2001).
  • Robert Page, C Peng. Reply to letter to the editor. Experimental Gerontology (2001).
  • T Pankiw, K Waddington, Robert Page. Modulation of sucrose response thresholds in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.): influence of genotype, feeding, and foraging experience. Journal of Comparative Physiology A (2001).
  • T Pankiw, Robert Page. Brood pheromone modulates honey bee sucrose response thresholds (Apis mellifera L.). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2001).
  • T Pankiw, Robert Page. Genotype and colony environment affect honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) development and foraging behavior. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2001).
  • W Getz, Robert Page, P Starks. A tribute to William Donald Hamilton (1936-2000). Annales Zoologici Fennici (2001).
  • D Nielsen, P Ebert, Robert Page, G Hunt, E Guzmán-Novoa. Improved polymerase chain reaction-based mitochondrial genotype assay for identification of the Africanized honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America (2000).
  • D Tarpy, Robert Page. No behavioral control over mating frequency in queen honey bees (Apis mellifera L.): implications for the evolution of extreme polyandry. The American Naturalist (2000).
  • E Guzmán-Novoa, Robert Page. Pollen collecting and foraging force by European and European x Africanized hybrid honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in mixed genotype colonies are similar. Annals of the Entomological Society of America (2000).
  • J Fewell, Robert Page. Colony-level selection effects on individual and colony foraging task performance in honey bees, Apis mellifera L. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2000).
  • Juergen Gadau, Robert Page, J Werren, P Schmid-Hempel. Genome organization and social evolution in Hymenoptera. Naturwissenschaften (2000).
  • Robert Page, M Fondrk, G Hunt, E Guzmán-Novoa, M Humphries, K Nguyen, A Green. Genetic dissection of honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) foraging behavior. Journal of Heredity (2000).
  • T Pankiw, Robert Page. Response thresholds to sucrose predict foraging division of labor in honeybees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2000).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 598Special Topics
  • Page, Robert. Genetics and neuroethology of honey bee foraging behavior. GDR 'd Ethologie (Nov 2005).
  • Page, Robert. Methods of breeding. French National Association of Queen Producers (Nov 2005).
  • Page, Robert. Selection for pollen collecting. French National Queen Producers (Nov 2005).
  • Page, Robert. The evolutionary origins of division of labor in the honey bee. 13th Altenberg Workshop on Theoretical Biology (Sep 2005).
  • Page, Robert. The genetic architecture of honey bee behavior - linkage mapping on a functional genome. 51st Congress of Brazilian genetics (Sep 2005).
  • Page, Robert. Evolutionary origins of division of labor in the honey bee. Sigma Xi Annual Banquet (May 2005).
  • Page, Robert. Social foraging in honey bees: genetics, neurobiology, and origins. Hexapodium, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona (Feb 2005).
  • Page, Robert. European Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects
  • Apidologie, Editorial Board (2002 - Present)
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Associate Editor (2002 - Present)