Judy Wu-Smart

Ph.D., Entomology 

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Judy Wu“The more I learn about bees, the more motivated I become. I have also learned a lot about myself and my role in society from working with these amazing animals,” says Judy Wu-Smart, who became an assistant professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s entomology department just a few days after defending her dissertation in CFANS last fall.

Her adviser, world-renowned bee expert Marla Spivak, noted that Wu-Smart “is already becoming a national leader in the field of toxicology of honey bees … Judy is in high demand as a speaker among beekeeping groups, pesticide applicator training groups, state and federal agencies and the public in general.”

Her graduate research focused on assessing the non-target effects of neonicotinoid insecticides on bee pollinators, specifically on honey bee and bumble bee queen survival and behavior, to explain how environmental toxins affect bee colony decline.