Dr Rosalyn Gloag

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

A12 - Macleay Building
The University of Sydney


Website Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Lab

Biographical details

I began researching the evolution, behaviour and genetics of bees as an Honours student here at the University of Sydney. I then undertook a PhD (Zoology) at the University of Oxford, U.K. investigating the evolution of parasitic birds, which I completed December 2012. This was followed by short postdocs at Oxford and the Australian National University in 2013. In 2014 I returned to USyd to take up a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship. In May 2018 I begin a Lectureship in Evolutionary Biology here in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Research interests

I am broadly interested in the evolution and ecology of animal behaviour. I use experimental fieldwork, molecular biology and mathematical models. My key study systems are birds and bees. Current research interests include:

  • Evolution, ecology and behaviour of invasive social insects
  • Genetics and ecology of asexual reproduction in social insects
  • Population genetics, behaviour and ecology of Australian stingless bees, including in the context of their role as pollinators.
  • Coevolution of brood parasitic birds and their hosts

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • Genetics & Genomics (MBLG2072/2972)
  • Special Studies Program in Life and Evolution (BIOL1996)

Current Supervision

  • Hee-Jin Noh, PhD: Coevolution in Australia's little bronze cuckoos and their hosts (ANU, co-supervised with N. Langmore)
  • Francisco Bueno, PhD: Australian native bees as alternative crop pollinators (USyd, co-supervised with T. Latty)

Current research students

Project title Research student
Australian native bees as alternative crop pollinators: reproductive and foraging behaviour of Tetragonula sp. stingless bees Francisco GARCIA BULLE BUENO

Awards and honours

University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014-2018

Clarendon Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Oxford, 2008-2012

University Medal & John H. Elliot Prize for Best Thesis, University of Sydney, 2007

In the media

Nature News and Views, "Evolution: Insect invasions and natural selection" 539: 500–502, November 24, 2016.

The Scientist, "How an invasive bee managed to thrive in Australia", January 1, 2017.

Nature Behind the Paper: "Honey bee invaders show us balancing selection in action" November 2016.

The Conversation, "Cuckoos beat competition by laying cryptic eggs", August 13, 2014

The New York Times, “In a Bird’s Nest, An Animal Behaviour Puzzle” December 10, 2013

New Scientist, "To kill a mockingbird? No, to parasitise it." December 7, 2011

Selected grants

2016

  • Density and distribution of Australia's sugarbag bees; Gloag R, Oldroyd B; Australia & Pacific Science Foundation/Research Project Grant.

2015

  • Asexual reproduction and social parasitism in honey bee invaders; Oldroyd B, Gloag R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2014

  • Asexual reproduction and social parasitism in honey bee invaders; Gloag R, Beekman M; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

2013

  • Crypsis in cuckoo eggs: who are they hiding from?; Gloag R; Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)/Research Grant.

2008

  • Brood parasitism by shiny cowbirds; Gloag R, Kacelnik A; University of Oxford/Clarendon Scholarship.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Gloag, R., Ding, G., Christie, J., Buchmann, G., Beekman, M., Oldroyd, B. (2017). An invasive social insect overcomes genetic load at the sex locus. Nature, Ecology & Evolution, 1(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Smith, J., Heard, T., Beekman, M., Gloag, R. (2017). Flight range of the Australian stingless bee Tetragonula carbonaria (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Austral Entomology, 56(1), 50-53. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Tan, K., Song, W., Luo, W., Buchmann, G., Beekman, M., Oldroyd, B. (2017). No evidence of queen thelytoky following interspecific crosses of the honey bees Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. Insectes Sociaux, 64, 241-246. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Keller, L., Langmore, N. (2014). Cryptic cuckoo eggs hide from competing cuckoos. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281(1792), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Fiorini, V., Reboreda, J., Kacelnik, A. (2014). Shiny cowbirds share foster mothers but not true mothers in multiply parasitized mockingbird nests. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68(4), 681-689. [More Information]
  • Fiorini, V., Gloag, R., Kacelnik, A., Reboreda, J. (2014). Strategic egg destruction by brood-parasitic cowbirds? Animal Behaviour, 93, 229-253. [More Information]
  • De Marsico, M., Gloag, R., Ursino, C., Reboreda, J. (2013). A novel method of rejection of brood parasitic eggs reduces parasitism intensity in a cowbird host. Biology Letters, 92(3), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Kacelnik, A. (2013). Host manipulation via begging call structure in the brood-parasitic shiny cowbird. Animal Behaviour, 86(1), 101-109. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Fiorini, V., Reboreda, J., Kacelnik, A. (2013). The wages of violence: mobbing by mockingbirds as a frontline defence against brood-parasitic cowbirds. Animal Behaviour, 86(5), 1023-1029. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Fiorini, V., Reboreda, J., Kacelnik, A. (2012). Brood parasite eggs enhance egg survivorship in a multiply parasitized host. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279(1734), 1831-1839. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Tuero, D., Fiorini, V., Reboreda, J., Kacelnik, A. (2011). The economics of nestmate killing in avian brood parasites: a provisions trade-off. Behavioural Ecology, 23(1), 132-140. [More Information]
  • Oxley, P., Hinhumpatch, P., Gloag, R., Oldroyd, B. (2010). Genetic Evaluation of a Novel System for Controlled Mating of the Honeybee, Apis mellifera. Journal of Heredity, 101(3), 334-338. [More Information]
  • Allsopp, M., Beekman, M., Gloag, R., Oldroyd, B. (2010). Maternity of replacement queens in the thelytokous Cape honey bee Apis mellifera capensis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64, 567-574. [More Information]
  • Lo, N., Gloag, R., Anderson, D., Oldroyd, B. (2009). A molecular phylogeny of the genus Apis suggests that the Giant Honey Bee of the Philippines, A. breviligula Maa, and the Plains Honey Bee of southern India, A. indica Fabricius, are valid species. Systematic Entomology, Online, 1-8. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Shaw, S., Burwell, C. (2009). A new species of Syntretus Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Euphorinae), a parasitoid of the stingless bee Trigona carbonaria Smith (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponinae). Australian Journal of Entomology, 48, 8-14. [More Information]
  • Chapman, N., Nanork, P., Gloag, R., Wattanachaiyingcharoen, W., Beekman, M., Oldroyd, B. (2009). Queenless colonies of the Asian red dwarf honey bee (Apis florea) are infiltrated by workers from other queenless colonies. Behavioral Ecology, 20(4), 817-820. [More Information]
  • Beekman, M., Gloag, R., Even, N., Wattanachaiyingchareon, W., Oldroyd, B. (2008). Dance precision of Apis florea - clues to the evolution of the honeybee dance language? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 62(8), 1259-1265. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Heard, T., Beekman, M., Oldroyd, B. (2008). Nest defence in a stingless bee: What causes fighting swarms in Trigona carbonaria (Hymenoptera, Meliponini)? Insectes Sociaux, 55, 387-391. [More Information]
  • Oldroyd, B., Gloag, R., Even, N., Wattanachaiyingcharoen, W., Beekman, M. (2008). Nest site selection in the open-nesting honeybee Apis florea. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 62(10), 1643-1653. [More Information]
  • Oldroyd, B., Allsopp, M., Gloag, R., Lim, J., Jordan, L., Beekman, M. (2008). Thelytokous Parthenogenesis in Unmated Queen Honeybees (Apis mellifera capensis): Central Fusion and High Recombination Rates. Genetics, 180, 359-366. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Ritchie, R., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2007). Chromatic photoacclimation, photosynthetic electron transport and oxygen evolution in the Chlorophyll d-containing oxyphotobacterium Acaryochloris marina. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1767 (2), 127-135. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Beekman, M., Heard, T., Oldroyd, B. (2007). No worker reproduction in the Australian stingless bee Trigona carbonaria Smith (Hymenoptera, Apidae). Insectes Sociaux, 54(4), 412-417. [More Information]
  • Nanork, P., Chapman, N., Wongsiri, S., Lim, J., Gloag, R., Oldroyd, B. (2007). Social parasitism by workers in queenless and queenright Apis cerana colonies. Molecular Ecology, 16(5), 1107-1114. [More Information]

2017

  • Gloag, R., Ding, G., Christie, J., Buchmann, G., Beekman, M., Oldroyd, B. (2017). An invasive social insect overcomes genetic load at the sex locus. Nature, Ecology & Evolution, 1(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Smith, J., Heard, T., Beekman, M., Gloag, R. (2017). Flight range of the Australian stingless bee Tetragonula carbonaria (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Austral Entomology, 56(1), 50-53. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Tan, K., Song, W., Luo, W., Buchmann, G., Beekman, M., Oldroyd, B. (2017). No evidence of queen thelytoky following interspecific crosses of the honey bees Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. Insectes Sociaux, 64, 241-246. [More Information]

2014

  • Gloag, R., Keller, L., Langmore, N. (2014). Cryptic cuckoo eggs hide from competing cuckoos. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281(1792), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Fiorini, V., Reboreda, J., Kacelnik, A. (2014). Shiny cowbirds share foster mothers but not true mothers in multiply parasitized mockingbird nests. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68(4), 681-689. [More Information]
  • Fiorini, V., Gloag, R., Kacelnik, A., Reboreda, J. (2014). Strategic egg destruction by brood-parasitic cowbirds? Animal Behaviour, 93, 229-253. [More Information]

2013

  • De Marsico, M., Gloag, R., Ursino, C., Reboreda, J. (2013). A novel method of rejection of brood parasitic eggs reduces parasitism intensity in a cowbird host. Biology Letters, 92(3), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Kacelnik, A. (2013). Host manipulation via begging call structure in the brood-parasitic shiny cowbird. Animal Behaviour, 86(1), 101-109. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Fiorini, V., Reboreda, J., Kacelnik, A. (2013). The wages of violence: mobbing by mockingbirds as a frontline defence against brood-parasitic cowbirds. Animal Behaviour, 86(5), 1023-1029. [More Information]

2012

  • Gloag, R., Fiorini, V., Reboreda, J., Kacelnik, A. (2012). Brood parasite eggs enhance egg survivorship in a multiply parasitized host. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279(1734), 1831-1839. [More Information]

2011

  • Gloag, R., Tuero, D., Fiorini, V., Reboreda, J., Kacelnik, A. (2011). The economics of nestmate killing in avian brood parasites: a provisions trade-off. Behavioural Ecology, 23(1), 132-140. [More Information]

2010

  • Oxley, P., Hinhumpatch, P., Gloag, R., Oldroyd, B. (2010). Genetic Evaluation of a Novel System for Controlled Mating of the Honeybee, Apis mellifera. Journal of Heredity, 101(3), 334-338. [More Information]
  • Allsopp, M., Beekman, M., Gloag, R., Oldroyd, B. (2010). Maternity of replacement queens in the thelytokous Cape honey bee Apis mellifera capensis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64, 567-574. [More Information]

2009

  • Lo, N., Gloag, R., Anderson, D., Oldroyd, B. (2009). A molecular phylogeny of the genus Apis suggests that the Giant Honey Bee of the Philippines, A. breviligula Maa, and the Plains Honey Bee of southern India, A. indica Fabricius, are valid species. Systematic Entomology, Online, 1-8. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Shaw, S., Burwell, C. (2009). A new species of Syntretus Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Euphorinae), a parasitoid of the stingless bee Trigona carbonaria Smith (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponinae). Australian Journal of Entomology, 48, 8-14. [More Information]
  • Chapman, N., Nanork, P., Gloag, R., Wattanachaiyingcharoen, W., Beekman, M., Oldroyd, B. (2009). Queenless colonies of the Asian red dwarf honey bee (Apis florea) are infiltrated by workers from other queenless colonies. Behavioral Ecology, 20(4), 817-820. [More Information]

2008

  • Beekman, M., Gloag, R., Even, N., Wattanachaiyingchareon, W., Oldroyd, B. (2008). Dance precision of Apis florea - clues to the evolution of the honeybee dance language? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 62(8), 1259-1265. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Heard, T., Beekman, M., Oldroyd, B. (2008). Nest defence in a stingless bee: What causes fighting swarms in Trigona carbonaria (Hymenoptera, Meliponini)? Insectes Sociaux, 55, 387-391. [More Information]
  • Oldroyd, B., Gloag, R., Even, N., Wattanachaiyingcharoen, W., Beekman, M. (2008). Nest site selection in the open-nesting honeybee Apis florea. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 62(10), 1643-1653. [More Information]
  • Oldroyd, B., Allsopp, M., Gloag, R., Lim, J., Jordan, L., Beekman, M. (2008). Thelytokous Parthenogenesis in Unmated Queen Honeybees (Apis mellifera capensis): Central Fusion and High Recombination Rates. Genetics, 180, 359-366. [More Information]

2007

  • Gloag, R., Ritchie, R., Chen, M., Larkum, A., Quinnell, R. (2007). Chromatic photoacclimation, photosynthetic electron transport and oxygen evolution in the Chlorophyll d-containing oxyphotobacterium Acaryochloris marina. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1767 (2), 127-135. [More Information]
  • Gloag, R., Beekman, M., Heard, T., Oldroyd, B. (2007). No worker reproduction in the Australian stingless bee Trigona carbonaria Smith (Hymenoptera, Apidae). Insectes Sociaux, 54(4), 412-417. [More Information]
  • Nanork, P., Chapman, N., Wongsiri, S., Lim, J., Gloag, R., Oldroyd, B. (2007). Social parasitism by workers in queenless and queenright Apis cerana colonies. Molecular Ecology, 16(5), 1107-1114. [More Information]

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