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Juliana Rangel

Rangel, Juliana
Juliana Rangel
Associate Professor of Apiculture
Heep Center Room 315
Undergraduate Education
B.S. Ecology Behavior and Evolution, University of California San Diego
Graduate Education
Ph.D. Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University

Professional Summary:

Born in Colombia, South America, Juliana Rangel, Ph. D. is Associate Professor of Apiculture in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, TX. Her research program focuses on the biological and environmental factors that affect the reproductive quality of honey bee queens and drones, the behavioral ecology and population genetics of unmanaged honey bees, and the quality and diversity of honey bee nutrition in a changing landscape. She has garnered over $1.9 million in extramural funding for her research program. She is an active member of the Texas Beekeepers Association and has spoken to dozens of beekeeping associations across the USA and internationally.

Rangel teaches the courses Honey Bee Biology, Introduction to Beekeeping, and Professional Grant and Contract Writing. Since 2014 she has been the coach of TAMU’s undergraduate and graduate teams of the Entomology Games at the branch and national games of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). She is the 2022 Secretary for the Southwestern Branch of the ESA and is the past elected chair of the National ESA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She has been part of several committees at the departmental, college, and university level. In 2021 she received the James I. Hambleton Memorial Award, which was established by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America. She received the 2019 Dean’s award for Excellence in Diversity and in 2016 for Excellence in Early Career Research.

Research Interests:

Apiculture, beekeeping

Selected Publications:

Demares F, Schmehl D, Bloomquist J, Cabrera A, Huang Z, Lau P, Rangel J, Sullivan J, Xie X, Ellis J (2021) Honey bee (Apis mellifera) exposure to pesticide residues in nectar and pollen in urban and suburban environments from four regions of the United States. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. In Press.

Reams T*, Rangel J (2021) Understanding the enemy: a review of the genetics, behavior and chemical ecology of Varroa destructor, the parasitic mite of Apis mellifera. Journal of Insect Science. In Press.

Fei CJ, Williamson KM*, Woodward RT, McCarl BA, Rangel J (2021) Honey bee, almonds and colony mortality: an economic simulation of the U.S. pollination market. Land Economics. Land Economics. 97(3): 688-703. https://doi.org/10.3368/wple.97.3.101519-0148R1

Walsh EM*, Khan O**, Grunseich J*, Helms AM, Ing NH, Rangel J (2021) Honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) queen pesticide exposure during development does not affect larval feeding rates, brood pheromone composition, or adult morphology. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 9:681506. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.681506

Rangel J, Shepherd TF+, Gonzalez AN+, Hillhouse A, Konganti K, Ing NH (2020) Transcriptomic analysis of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) queen spermathecae reveals genes that may be involved in sperm storage after mating. PLoS ONE 16(1): e0244648. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244648