Australian Department of the Environment and Primary Industries
Field work and agricultural surveys for the Asian Honeybee Containment Program
Winter 2010: Collections Intern
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Advisor: Dr. John Rawlins
Illustration, collections, and data management
Oxman KL, Feinerman O, Shafir S. Reliability and the waggle dance: Honest honey bees dance more and attract more followers than dishonest bees. Manuscript in preparation.
Hendriksma HP, Oxman KL, Shafir S (2014) Amino acid and carbohydrate tradeoffs by honey bee nectar foragers and their implications for plant-pollinator interactions. Journal of Insect Physiology. 69, 56-64.
2020: Funding for Research and Partnership Building - from the Office of Global Engagement & Education Abroad ($1500)
2019: Drexel CoAS - BEES Graduate Student Travel Award ($500)
2016: Lily Tepper Memorial Award of Excellence for Graduate Students ($2700)
2016: Gabriel Triwaks Memorial Award for Research with Honey Bees
Winter 2019: Teaching Assistant
"BIO 124: Evolution and Organismal Biology (Laboratory)"
Fall 2019: Teaching Assistant
"ENVS 101: Intro to Environmental Science (Field Methods)"
Spring 2017: Teaching Assistant
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"Apiculture: Beekeeping and Apiary Management" (B.Sc. seniors)
2014-2015: Lead Educator
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Youth Science Center
“Form & Function in Honey Bee Architecture" – intro to the scientific method
Designed and led seven-month workshop (gifted middle schoolers)
2019 - Present: Fairmount Park Conservancy
2018 - Present:
Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild
Philadelphia Honey Festival, and Science Festival - educational demos and observation hive (volunteer)
Judith Creed Homes for Adult Independence
life skills workshop (volunteer)
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Department of Education,
Exhibit Manager Live Butterflies
Philadelphia Zoo, Department of Education
2012 & 2013:
Ropes Course and Camping Trip Manager
WWOOF NZ: The Animal Sanctuary & Wilderland Sustainable Living
Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer and Permaculture Intern
International Union for the Study of Social Insects
Animal Behavior Society
Israel Zoological Society
Fairmount Park conservency
Philadelphia Beekeeper’s Guild
Entomological Society of America
Entomological Society of Israel
Feb 2020 (postponed): Social Insects of the Northeast Region Meeting (SINNERS)
(Accepted talk), Brooklyn, NY
“Human awareness of social arthropod behavior: Visual models”
Jan 2020: Annual Biology Department Symposium
(Accepted talk), Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
“Seasonal variation in honey bee foraging behavior across Philadelphia's urban landscape”
Dec 2019: The 56th Meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel
(Accepted talk), Jerusalem, Israel
“Decoded honey bee dances reveal seasonal transition from broadly distributed to spatially discrete foraging in Philadelphia’s urban landscape”
Oct 2019: Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference
(Invited talk), Cincinnati, OH.
"Section: Pollinators in the urban environment: coping with a complex landscape”
Nov 2018: Entomological Society of America, Canada, and British Columbia Joint Meeting
(Poster presentation), Vancouver, BC.
“Reliability and the waggle dance: Honest bees dance more and attract more followers than dishonest bees”
2018: Hebrew University of Jerusalem Beekeepers Association, Spring Conference
(Invited talk), Rehovot, Israel.
“Reliability and the waggle dance”
2017: The 35th Annual Entomological Society of Israel Meeting
(accepted talk), Jerusalem, Israel
“Inconsistencies of the waggle dance: How do recruits react to a lying dancer?”
Daouda Njie (Drexel University '22), Study of brain anatomy with the assistance of visual illustrations (Hemilepistus reaumuri)
Margaret Denbleyker (Lafayette College ’21), during Geffen Lab animal behavior internship at UPenn
Shiran Yona (Hebrew U ’17), honey bee behavior
Maor Zavitan (Hebrew U ’17), honey bee behavior
Li-Byarlay H., Boncristiani H., Howell G., Strand M.K., Tarpy D., Rueppell O. Insights from temporal transcriptomic and epigenomic dissections of honeybee pupal development under a viral infection. Manuscript in preparation.
Rehan S.M., Berens A.J., Toth A.L. 2014. At the brink of eusociality: transcriptomic correlates of worker behavior in a small carpenter bee. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 14, 260.
Rehan S.M., Rotella A., Onuferko T.M., Richards M.H. 2013. Colony disturbance and solitary nest initiation by workers in the obligately eusocial sweat bee, Halictus ligatus. Insectes Sociaux. 60, 389-392.
MATLAB, HTML, CSS, 3D Modeling (Google SketchUp), Systems Modeling (STELLA), digital graphic design (Sketch, iPad Illustrations)