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Barrett Klein

Office hoursTues 1-2pm, Wed 3:30-5pm
Specialty area(s)Animal Behavior, Entomology, Social Insect Biology, Sleep Biology, Scientific Visualization, Intersection of Entomology and Art, Cultural Entomology
Brief biographyThe PUPATING LAB is where I study insect behavior, build robotic frogs, and explore the ways in which insects have impacted humans throughout history. I studied entomology at Cornell University and the University of Arizona, received a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, fabricated natural history exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History, and joined UW-L in 2012 as an assistant professor of biology. For more about me, my scientific passions, or my art, please visit my homepage.
Current courses at UW-LAnimal Behavior (BIO 460)
Organismal Biology (BIO 203)
General Biology (BIO 105)
STEAM event
Professional historyAssistant Professor, Animal Behavior, UW-L (since 2012)

Research Associate, Field Museum, Chicago (since 2013)

Assistant Professor L/I (Locator Institution), Department of Entomology, UW-Madison (since 2013)

Innovative Lecturer, University of Konstanz, Germany (2011-2012)

Visiting scientist:
Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell University (2011)
BEEgroup, University of Würzburg, Germany (2010)

Senior Preparator: Exhibition Department, American Museum of Natural History (1996-1999)

Model maker, illustrator, & curator of entomology: Chase Studio, Inc., Missouri (1995-1996)
Research and publishingWelcome to the PUPATING LAB, where we investigate entomology, animal behavior, scientific visualization, and cultural entomology. Present projects include studying the functional importance of sleep in social insects and bats, how insects impact human culture, multi-modal signaling using robotic frogs, and the importance of visuals in science.

PUBLICATIONS:
(each can be downloaded from my homepage)

Klein BA. 2013. Standing on the shoulders of wee giants. Introduction to ECLOSION: a juried group exhibition of insect-inspired art. Art.Science.Gallery., Austin, TX, USA.

Klein BA, Stein J, Taylor RC. 2012. Robots in the service of animal behavior. Communicative & Integrative Biology. 5:467-473.

Klein BA. 2012. The curious connection between insects and dreams. Insects. 3:1-17.

Wray MK, Klein BA, Seeley TD. 2011. Honey bees use the social information in waggle dances more fully when foraging errors are more costly. Behavioral Ecology. 23:125-131.

Klein BA, Seeley TD. 2011. Work or sleep? Honeybee foragers opportunistically nap during the day when forage is not available. Animal Behaviour. 82:77-83.

Taylor RC, Klein BA, Stein J, Ryan MJ. 2011. Multimodal signal variation in space and time: how important is matching a signal with its signaler? Journal of Experimental Biology. 214:815-820.

Taylor RC, Klein BA, Ryan MJ. 2011. Inter-signal interaction and uncertain information in anuran multimodal signals. Current Zoology. 57:153-161.

Monto G, Klein BA. 2011. In conversation: Barrett Anthony Klein. Current Science. 100:16-18.

Abbott JC. 2011. Illustrated by Klein BA. Damselflies of Texas. University of Texas Press.

Klein BA, Klein A, Wray MK, Mueller UG, Seeley TD. 2010. Sleep Deprivation impairs precision of waggle dance signaling in honey bees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 107:22705-22709.

Klein BA, Olzsowy KM, Klein A, Saunders KM, Seeley TD. 2008. Caste-dependent sleep of worker honey bees. Journal of Experimental Biology. 211:3028-3040.

Wray MK, Klein BA, Mattila HR, Seeley TD. 2008. Honeybees do not reject dances for ‘implausible’ locations: reconsidering the evidence for cognitive maps in insects. Animal Behaviour. 76:261-269.

Taylor RC, Klein BA, Stein J, Ryan MJ. 2008. Faux frogs: Multimodal signalling and the value of robotics in the study of animal behaviour. Animal Behaviour. 76:1089-1097.

Klein BA. 2007. Insects in Art. In: Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals. Bekoff, M., ed. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, USA. 1:92-99.

Klein BA, Bukowski TC, Avilés L. 2005. Male residency and mating patterns in a subsocial spider. Journal of Arachnology. 33:703-710.

Klein BA. 2003. Par for the palette: Insects and arachnids as art media. In: Insects in Oral Literature and Traditions. Motte-Florac, E. and J.M.C. Thomas, eds. Peeters, Paris, France.

Bernays EA, Klein BA. 2002. Quantifying the symbiont contribution to essential amino acids in aphids: the importance of tryptophan for Uroleucon ambrosiae. Physiological Entomology. 27:275-284.

Engel MS, Klein BA. 1997. Neocorynurella, a new genus of Augochlorine bees from South America (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift. 44:155-163.
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin: Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (Ph.D., 2010)
University of Arizona: Entomology (M.S., 2003)
Cornell University: Entomology (B.S., 1993)