Boris Baer is professor of entomology who studies immunity, ecology and reproduction in social insects using biochemical methodologies such as proteomics and genomics, as well as classical behavioral ecology approaches. He uses several social insect model systems, including honeybees, leaf cuttings ants and bumblebees.
In 2008, Baer initiated a honeybee research group named CIBER (Center for Integrative Bee Research), which moved to UC Riverside in 2017 and is dedicated to facilitating interdisciplinary bee research. CIBER’s goal is to better understand bees and counter the dramatic losses currently occurring in managed and native bees. To achieve this, CIBER combines expertise from beekeepers, socio-biologists, evolutionary ecologists, molecular biologists, and industry partners.
Baer holds a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
On Colony Collapse
Baer can speak about recent declines in both managed colonies and wild, native populations. These declines are attributed to a number of factors such as habitat destruction, pesticide exposure, spread of parasites and pathogens, and environmental change.
On Evolutionary Biology
Baer is an expert on the sexual reproduction and immunity in social insects, including ants and bees.
Baer can speak about the pollinator crisis and UCR’s collaborative efforts to safeguard bees and their pollinating services to secure human food production and ecosystem stability.