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Amy Lynn Toth

Amy Lynn Toth

  • Professor
Amy Toth is broadly interested in the mechanisms and evolution of animal social behavior. Her lab has two main lines of research, one focused on behavioral genomics of paper wasps, and another on how nutrition affects behavior and relates to bee health. She teaches courses in animal behavior and behavioral genetics. Amy did her PhD with Gene Robinson at the University of Illinois, then worked as a USDA postdoctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University, with Christina Grozinger. Amy joined the faculty at Iowa State University in 2010, where she is a member of two departments—Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Entomology. Amy is in a dual-faculty career family and has two small children at home, both of whom can tell the difference between a bee and a wasp.

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343 Bessey
2200 Osborn Dr.


  • B.A., Biology, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York), 2000
  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolution, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), 2006