• Assoc Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Work Entomology Hall (ENTO) 105A
Lincoln NE 68583-0816
Work 402-472-8696 On campus, dial 2-8696
Judy Wu-Smart received her BS in Zoology at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. She received her MS in Entomology at Washington State University under the advisement of Drs. Walter Sheppard and Carol Anelli. Her MS research examined the effects of pesticide residue accumulation in brood comb on honey bee health. She continued onto a PhD program with Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota where she examined the effects of systemic neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bee and bumble bee queens and colony development. She also taught several workshops including beekeeping and pesticide certification courses. She’s currently an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). In her role at UNL, Judy is developing a pollinator health program to help understand the underlying stressors in bee health and their interactions with environmental toxicants. Her goal is to integrate her research and extension efforts with policy to inform the regulatory-decision making process by identifying risk mitigation opportunities and best management practices that will better protect beneficial pollinators in agricultural and urban landscapes.


  • BS, Humboldt State University, 2005
  • MS, Washington State University, 2010
  • Ph D, University of Minnesota, 2015

icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • Effects of neonicotinoid imidacloprid exposure on bumble bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) queen survival and nest initiation., December 2017
  • Weight of evidence evaluation of a network of adverse outcome pathways linking activation of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in honey bees to colony death, SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017
  • Why Does Bee Health Matter? The Science Surrounding Honey Bee Health Concerns and What We Can Do About It, June 2017
  • Sub-lethal effects of neonicotinoid colony exposure on honey bee (Apis mellifera) queens and colony development, August 2016

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