Deborah A. Delaney


  • Ph.D. Entomology. Washington State University, 2008.
  • M.S. Environmental Science. Oregon State University, 2003.
  • B.S. Natural Resources. Oregon State University, 1998.

Current Courses

  • ENWC205 Elements of Entomology, Fall
  • ENWC214/224 Apiology and Apiology Lab, Spring

Research Activities

  • Evolutionary biology of honey bees
  • Pollination ecology
  • Population genetics of honey bees in the Unites States
  • Genetic characterization of unmanaged honey bee populations
  • Feral Bee Project

Professional Affiliations

Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Researchers

6. Cass, Owen. In Progress.

5. Savoy-Burke, Grace. In Progress.

4. Evans, Kathleen. 2016. An integrated IPM Program Using Non-chemical Controls to Manage Parasites in Honey Bee Colonies. M.S. in Entomology.

3. Gardner, David. 2016. Assessment of Native Pollinator Health and Diversity in Urban Forest Fragments. M.S. in Entomology.

2. Darger, Katherine. 2013. Delineating levels of Africanization in unmanaged honey bee populations along the east coast. M. S. in Entomology.

1. Marchese, Jacquelyn. 2013. Development of best management practices for the management of commercial bumble bees in vegetable and fruit crops in Delaware. M.S. in Entomology.



9. Strange, J. P., D. A. Delaney, D. R. Tarpy, and R. R. James. 2017. Novel microsatellite loci reveal high genetic diversity yet low population structure for alfalfa leafcutting bees in North America. Conservation Genetics.


8. Seeley, T. D., D. R. Tarpy, S. R. Griffin, A. Carcione, and D. A. Delaney. 2015. A survivor population of wild colonies of European honeybees in the northeastern United States: investigating its genetic structure. Apidologie 46:654–666.


7. D. A. Delaney, T. E. Elkner, S. J. Fleischer, R. L. Groves, D. S. Gruner, J. P. Harmon, G. E. Heimpel, K. Hemady, T. P. Kuhar, C. M. Maund, A. M. Shelton, A. J. Seaman, M. Skinner, R. Weinzierl, K. V. Yeargan, and Z. Szendrei. 2012. Distribution of Cotesia glomerata in Eastern North America. Florida Entomologist 95:461–467.

6. Tarpy, D. R., J. J. Keller, J. R. Caren, and D. A Delaney. 2012. Assessing the mating ‘health’ of commercial honey bee queens. Apiculture and Social Insects 105:20–25


5. Tarpy, D. R., J. J. Keller, J. R. Caren, and D. A. Delaney. 2011. Experimentally induced variation in the physical reproductive potential and mating success in honey bee queens. Insectes Sociaux.

4. Tarpy, D. R., J. R. Caren, D. A. Delaney, D. Sammataro, J. Finley, G. M. Loper, and G. DeGrandi-Hoffman. 2010. Mating frequencies of Africanized honey bees in the southwestern United States. Journal of Apicultural Research 49:302-310.

3. Delaney D. A., J. J. Keller, J. R. Caren, D. R. Tarpy. 2010. The physical, insemination, and reproductive quality of honey bee queens (Apis mellifera L.). Apidologie DOI: 10.1051/apido/2010027.2009


2. Delaney D. A., M. D. Meixner, N. M. Schiff, and W. S. Sheppard. 2009. The genetic characterization of commercial honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) populations in the United States using mitochondrial and microsatellite markers. Annals of the Entomolocal Society of Amaerica 102: 666-673.2007


1. Delaney, D. A. and D. R. Tarpy. 2008. The role of honey bees in apple pollination. Beekeeping Note 3.03 (Rewrite of former Beekeeping Note #7A), NC State University, Cooperative Extension Service.


Contact Information
Deborah A. Delaney

Associate Professor of Entomology

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
252 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-8883