Read about Gene Robinson, Ph.D., in the February 2004 issue.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gene Robinson started working with honeybees at age 18, when he volunteered on a kibbutz in Israel. Despite all the stings, he quickly developed an infatuation with the insects and their beehive societies.
Today, Robinson studies the biology behind social behavior in bees. He's particularly interested in the relationship between certain genes involved in brain function and bee behavior. The results have interesting implications for the ongoing "nature versus nurture" discussion.