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09-14-2011


UC Professor Discovers New Species of Bee

 


Dr. Leif Deyrup, assistant professor at University of the Cumberlands, has discovered a new species of bee and his findings will be published later this year in The Florida Entomologist. Although this is the 16th time Deyrup has been published in a professional scientific publication, it is his first discovery of a species that had never been described by scientists.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Dr. Leif Deyrup, assistant professor of biology at University of the Cumberlands (UC), has discovered a new species of bee and his finding will be published later this year in The Florida Entomologist. Although this is the 16th time Deyrup has been published in a professional scientific publication, it is his first discovery of a species that had never been described by scientists.

Deyrup’s father, Dr. Mark Deyrup, collaborated on the discovery, and coauthors the paper. The senior Deyrup works at Archbold Biological Station, where he specializes in classifying different types of insects. He and his son first noticed the species in 2002 while looking at pollination of plants in a unique habitat called Florida scrub. While there, they observed unusual features in the appearance and behavior of this bee and decided to make it the subject of a research project.

Although Deyrup’s primary expertise lies in animal and insect behavior, he says he is very excited about discovering a new species of bee. At 35, Deyrup is young to discover a new species, especially since research in species identification is not his primary occupation.

Deyrup is currently in his fourth year of teaching biology at UC. He graduated from Stetson University with a B.S. in biology and psychology in 2001, and a PhD in Entomology from the University of Georgia in 2005. After graduating, Deyrup was the Medical Entomologist for the state of Maine for two years, before coming to UC in 2008.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate, six master’s degrees, and certifications in education and online programs.