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
O'Donnell S, Bulova S, Caponera V, Oxman K, Giladi I (2020) Species differ in worker body size effects on critical thermal limits in seed-harvesting desert ants (Messor ebeninus and M. arenarius). Insectes Sociaux. 67, pages 473–479.
Wood KC, Angeloni C, Oxman K, Clopath C, Geffen MN (2020) Neuronal activity in sensory cortex predicts the specificity of learning. bioRxiv. 2020.06.02.128702.
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.
2021-2022: Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellowship - Exchanges with Israeli Uni. ($6000)
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
Summer 2021: Curatorial Assistant
Drexel UniversityAcademy of Natural Sciences
Department of Entomology: wild bee identification
Winter 2021: Teaching Assistant
"BIO 389: Gross Anatomy II Laboratory"
Winter 2020: Teaching Assistant
"BIO 124: Evolution and Organismal Biology (Laboratory)"
Fall 2019, Fall 2020: 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)
Women in Natural Sciences – high school enrichment
Presentation: “My Adventures in Ecology”
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
MLK Jr. Enviro. Justice Celebration: Urban bee ecology
2019 - 2020: 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
2020-present: International Union for the Study of Social Insects
2019-present: Animal Behavior Society
2019-present: Israel Zoological Society
2019-2020: Fairmount Park conservency
2017-present: Philadelphia Beekeeper’s Guild
2017-present: Entomological Society of America
2014-2017: Entomological Society of Israel
December 2020: Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science Dept., Drexel University
(Yearly Graduate Research Seminar)
“Social behavior and brain development: Does biparental care affect brain tissue investment in a desert isopod?”
October 2020: Organismal biology, ecology and evolution discussion group, Drexel University
“Why is visual art valuable in science?”
July 2020: Animal Behavior Society 2020 Virtual Conference
“Dig, draw, repeat: Illustrating arthropod behavior at the beginning of a research project.”
May 2020: Office of Global Engagement’s 5th Annual International Research Showcase
(Accepted talk), Drexel University, virtual
“Digging holes in the Negev Desert: a neuroanatomical study of a social and terrestrial crustacean.”
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., Herman J., Clark L., Strand M.K., Tarpy D., Rueppell O. 2020. Transcriptomic and epigenomic dynamics of honey bees in response to lethal viral infection.Frontiers in genetics. 11, 1056
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.
R, JMP, MATLAB
HTML, CSS, 3D Modeling (Google SketchUp), Systems Modeling (STELLA), digital graphic design (Sketch, iPad Illustrations)