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Elizabeth A. Tibbetts - University of Michigan, USA

Elizabeth A. Tibbetts
University of Michigan, USA

Elizabeth Tibbetts is Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. She completed a BSc at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University. Elizabeth Tibbetts’ research explores how individual behavior influences social groups and populations, using a variety of techniques, including field observations, manipulative experiments, mathematical modeling, and phylogenetic comparisons. Her main focus is on how Polistes paper wasps signal their dominance hierarchy status to nestmates. This involves mutual individual recognition via facial marks and relates to the question as to how endocrine factors, especially juvenile hormone, shape such social interaction. Over the last 15 years, Elizabeth has authored nearly 50 scientific papers on this topic.