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Christopher MayackFaculty of Engineering and Natural SciencesFaculty Member(216) 568

Faculty Member


2012-2014 - Alexander von Humboldt Post-Doctoral Fellow, Zoology Institute, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, 

2012 - Ph.D. in Biology, Zoology degree, Colorado State University 

Advisor: Dhruba Naug, Dissertation: Behavioral alteration in the honeybee due to parasite-induced energetic stress.

2012 - Masters of Teaching Certificate, The Institute for Learning and Teaching, Colorado State University

2007 - B.S. in Biology w/Honors, Minor in Chemistry, State University of New York at Geneseo

Areas of Interest

Systems biology, improving honey bee health, animal physiology, animal behavior, parasite-host interactions, neurobiology, effects of aging, evolution of social behavior, regulation of appetite and energetic homeostasis, metabolomics, exposomics


Animal Behavior Society (ABS) International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI) The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) International Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE) Entomological Society of America (ESA) Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) The Northern Colorado Beekeeper’s Association (NCBA) The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station Full Member of Sigma Xi, Swarthmore College Chapter

Publications Prior to SU

In Review:       Mayack, C., Broadrup, R. L., Zaki, A. G.+, Filiztekin, E.+, Özkazanç, B.+, Koperly, Y.+, Schick, S. J.+, Eppley, E.J.+, Deb, M.+, Ambiel, N.+, Schafsnitz, A. M.+, Macherone, A. Biomarker profiles associated with honey bee hive health.

In Review:       Mayack, C., Broadrup, R. L., Schick, S. J.+, Eppley, E.J. +, Khan, Z., Macherone, A. Increased alarm pheromone component is associated with infected bee hives.

In Review:       Farhadian, M., Rafat, S. A., Panahi, B., Mayack, C., Integrative computational systems biology analysis for identifying modules and functionally enriched pathways in early, mid and late lactation.

In Review:       Mayack, C., Carmichael K+., Phalen, N+., Khan, Z., Hirche, F., Stangl, G. I., White, H. K. Gas chromatography - mass spectrometry as a preferred method for detection and quantification of insect hemolymph sugars. Journal of Insect Physiology

2020:       Bullock, E. J+., Schafsnitz, A. M+., Wang, C. H., Broadrup, R. L., Macherone, A., Mayack, C., White, H. K. Silicone wristbands as a passive volatile chemical sampler in honey bee hives. Veterinary Sciences

2020:       Borofsky, T+., Barranca, V.J., Zhou, R.+, von Trentini, D., Broadrup, R.L., and Mayack, C. Hive minded: like neurons, honey bees collectively integrate negative feedback to regulate decisions. Animal Behaviour

2019:               Mayack, C.* and Boff, S.* LD50 values may be misleading predictors of neonicotinoid toxicity across different bee species. Uludağ Bee Journal. 19 (1), 19-33. DOI: 10.31467/uluaricilik.568251

2019:               Mayack, C., Phalen, N.+, Carmichael, K.+, White, H. K., Hirche, F., Wang, Y., Stangl, G. I., and Amdam, G. Appetite is linked to octopamine and hemolymph sugar levels in forager honey bees. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, Neuroethology, sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology. 205 (4), 609-617, doi:10.1007/s00359-019-01352-2

2019:               Broadrup, R. L., Mayack, C., Schick, S. J.+, Eppley, E. J.+, White, H. K., Macherone, A. Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Exposomes and Biological Pathways Associated with Nosema ceranae Infection. PLOS One. 14(3): e0213249

2018:               Schick, S. J.+, Broadrup, R. L., Mayack, C., White, H. K., and Macherone, A. Integrating GC-TOF exposome profiling and genetic disease screening to provide a holistic perspective on honey bee health. American Laboratory.

2018:               Suwannapong, G., Maksong, S., Phainchajoen, M., Benbow, M. E., and Mayack, C. Survival and health improvement of Nosema infected Apis florea (Hymenoptera: Apidae) bees after treatment with propolis extract. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology.

2016:               Kurze, C., Mayack, C., Hirche, F., Stangl, G., I., Le Conte, Y., Kryger, P. and Moritz, R. F. A. Nosema spp. infection causes no energetic stress in tolerant honeybees. Parasitology Research. 115 (6), 2381-2388.

2015:               Mayack, C., Natsopoulou, M., McMahon, D. A honeybee hormonal stress pathway elicited by Nosema ceranae infection. Insect Molecular Biology. 24 (6), 662-670.

2015:               Mayack, C. and Naug, D. Starving honeybees lose self-control. Biology Letters. 11 (1), 20140820

2013:               Mayack, C. and Naug, D. Individual energetic state can prevail over social regulation of foraging in honeybees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 67, 929-936.

2011:               Mayack, C. and Naug, D. A changing but not an absolute energy budget dictates risk-sensitive behaviour in the honeybee. Animal Behaviour. 82, 595-600.

2011:               Martín-Hernández, R., Botías, C., Barrios, L., Martínez-Salvador, A., Meana, A., Mayack, C., Higes, M. Comparative energetic stress of Nosema ceranae and Nosema apis in experimentally infected honey bees (Apis mellifera). Journal of Parasitology Research. 109, 605-612.

2010:               Mayack, C. and Naug, D. Parasitic infection leads to decline in hemolymph sugar levels in honeybee foragers. Journal of Insect Physiology. 56, 1572-1575.

2010:               Campbell, J., Kessler, B., Mayack, C., and Naug, D. Behavioral fever in infected honeybees: Parasitic manipulation or coincidental benefit? Parasitology. 137, 1487-1491.

2009:               *Mayack, C. and Naug, D., 2009. Energetic stress in the honeybee Apis mellifera from Nosema ceranae infection. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 100, 185-188.