Christina Grozinger


Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology,
Director, Center for Pollinator Research, Insect Biodiversity Center,
Associate Director for Research, Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science


  • Health & Medicine
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Agriculture

Focus Areas:

  • Genomics
  • Pollinators
  • Entomology
  • Pollinator Behavior
  • Pollinator Physiology


  • Ongoing projects include characterizing the genes and molecular mechanisms involved in pheromone communication, reproduction, and response to immunostimulation in honey bees.

Christina Grozinger’s work seamlessly integrates research, education and outreach related to the biology, health and conservation of pollinators, particularly honey bees and bumble bees. Her research uses integrative approaches encompassing genomics, physiology, behavior, chemical ecology and ecology. Her studies test and elaborate fundamental principles in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, disease ecology and landscape ecology. These studies have led to multiple new avenues of inquiry and provided critical knowledge that can be deployed to improve conservation of pollinators and their ecosystems.

In The Media

"Pollinator declines are 'canaries in a coal mine' - - they are simply one example of larger-scale declines in animal and plant biodiversity. And really, would we want to live in a world without pollinators?" - Christina Grozinger

“If we really do get rid of the pollinators then that means that our whole ecosystem is probably in trouble.” - Christina Grozinger

Scientists find evidence of 27 new viruses in bees

from Penn State News June 21, 2018

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