Faculty and Staff

David C Gilley

Professor • Department of Biology

Brief Biography

Professor, Department of Biology, WPUNJ (2018-present)
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, WPUNJ (2011-2018)
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, WPUNJ (2006-2011)
Post-doctoral Research Associate, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Tucson Arizona (2003-2006)
Ph.D. Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca New York (1997-2003)
B.A. Biology, Cornell University Arts & Sciences, Ithaca New York (1993-1997)

Professional Interests

-Research-based best practices in pedagogy including structured classrooms, inclusivity, student engagement, and peer mentoring
-Integration of scholarly research into undergraduate teaching and mentoring of research students
-Course design for teaching science to non-science majors
-Use of writing as both a learning approach and as professional training in the sciences
-Remote education

-Conflict and cooperation within animal social groups
-Self-organization of animal social groups
-Genomic imprinting
-Colony reproduction in social insects
-Chemical communication in social insects
-Role of phenological mismatch in pollinator decline
-Honeybee health and beekeeping practice


PhD Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell University Ithaca, NY

BA Biology, Cornell University Ithaca, NY


My research specialization is in the mechanisms and evolution of animal behavior, particularly communication and reproduction in social insects. I have been using honey bees as a model organism for over 20 years.

Representative Publications

Phenology of Honey Bee Swarm Departure in New Jersey, United States; , Environmental Entomology; Volume 47, 2018

Behavioral Activity of Hydrocarbons Emitted by Honeybee Waggle Dancers; , Journal of Insect Behavior; Volume 31, 2018

Waggle-dancing bees emit body odors: new evidence of an important role for scent in bee foraging communication; , Bee Culture; Volume Sept, 2015

Hydrocarbons emitted by waggle-dancing honey bees increase forager recruitment by stimulating dancing; PLoS ONE; 2014

Hydrocarbons emitted by waggle-dancing honey bees stimulate colony foraging activity by causing experienced foragers to exploit known food sources; Apidologie; Volume 43, 2011

Notable Courses Taught

BIO 1620: General Biology: Evolution Ecology and Biodiversity
BIO 2040: General Biology: Physiology
BIO 3180: Zoology
BIO 3500: Animal Behavior
BIO 3990: Parasitology
BIO 4430: Evolutionary Medicine
BIO 4800: Biology Capstone Seminar

4040 Hennings Science East

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