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Robert Page Jr

Robert Page Jr

Regents and Foundation Professor Emeritus, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501


  • Distinguished Sustainability Fellow, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Regents and Foundation Professor Emeritus, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Foundation Chair, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Regents Professor Robert E. Page, Jr. is Provost Emeritus and Foundation Chair of Life Sciences. He is also a distinguished sustainability scholar in ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. He previously served as the vice provost and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2011-2013) and the founding director of the School of Life Sciences (2004-2011). He joined ASU in 2004 after spending 15 years on the faculty of the University of California at Davis where he served as chair of entomology from 1999-2004. His background is in behavior and population genetics and the focus of his current research is on the evolution of complex social behavior. Using the honey bee as a model, he has dissected their complex foraging division of labor at all levels of biological organization from gene networks to complex social interactions.

Professor Page has published more than 250 research papers and articles, five books, and is listed as a “highly-cited author” by the ISI Web of Knowledge, representing the top 1/2 of 1% of publishing scientists. He received the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (the Humboldt Prize) in 1995, the highest honor given by the German government to foreign scientists. In 2010 he was elected to the Leopoldina - the German National Academy of Science, the longest continuing academy in the world. He is also an elected foreign member of the Brazilian Academy of Science (1999), a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1991), elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2009-2010), a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences (2016) and was named a Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation fellow (2017-2018). He received the James W. Creasman Award of Excellence from the Arizona State University Alumni Association in 2018.


  • PhD, Entomology, University of California-Davis, 1980
  • BS, Entomology (minor Chemistry), San Jose State University, 1976

Journal Articles


Wang, Y., O. Kaftanoglu, M. K. Fondrk and R. E. Page Jr. 2014. Nurse bee behaviour manipulates worker honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) reproductive development. Animal Behaviour 92(June):253-261. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.02.012. (link )


Siegel, A. J., M. K. Fondrk, G. V. Amdam and R. E. Page Jr. 2013. In hive patterns of temporal polyethism in strains of honey bees (Apis mellifera) with distinct genetic backgrounds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67(10):1623-1632. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-013-1573-y. (link )


Ament, S. A., C. A. Blatti, C. Alaux, M. M. Wheeler, A. L. Toth, Y. Le Conte, G. J. Hunt, E. Guzman-Novoa, G. DeGrandi-Hoffman, J. L. Uribe-Rubio, G. V. Amdam, R. E. Page Jr, S. L. Rodriguez-Zas, G. E. Robinson and S. Sinha. 2012. New meta-analysis tools reveal common transcriptional regulatory basis for multiple determinants of behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109(26):E1801-E1810.

Leimar, O., K. Hartfelder, M. D. Laubichler and R. E. Page Jr. 2012. Development and evolution of caste dimorphism in honey bees -- a modeling approach. Ecology and Evolution 2(12):3098-3109. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.414. (link )

Page Jr, R. E., M. K. Fondrk and O. Rueppell. 2012. Complex pleiotropy characterizes the pollen hoarding syndrome in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66(11):1459-1466. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-012-1400-x. (link )

Siegel, A. J., O. Kaftanoglu, M. K. Fondrk, N. R. Smith and R. E. Page Jr. 2012. Ovarian regulation of foraging division of labor in Africanized backcross and pollen-hoarding honeybees. Animal Behaviour 3(March):653-658. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.12.009. (link )

Wang, Y., S. D. Kocher, C. M. Grozinger, R. E. Page Jr and G. V. Amdam. 2012. Regulation of behaviorally associated gene networks in worker honey bee ovaries. Journal of Experimental Biology 215:124-134. DOI: 10.1242/​jeb.060889. (link )