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Francis Ratnieks

Professor of Apiculture, University of Sussex

My research is focused on social insects, honey bees, beekeeping, honey bee breeding and diseases, animal behaviour, behavioural ecology, bee foraging ecology, bee conservation, and social evolution. I have considerable practical experience with honey bees having kept them in several countries and owned up to 180 bee hives when I lived in California. I am head of the Laboratory Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) at the University of Sussex. I am also involved with outreach/extension to beekeepers and others, and with undergraduate teaching and the supervision of graduate students.

Google Scholar page "Francis Ratnieks"

LASI website

LASI You Tube channel "LASI Bee Research & Outreach"


  • –present
    Professor of Apiculture, University of Sussex


  • 1989 
    Cornell University, PhD (Entomology)