Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology
Scott McArt is an assistant professor of pollinator health in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, where he helps run the Dyce Lab for honey bee studies and the Cornell Chemical Ecology Core Facility.
Dr. McArt earned his BA from Dartmouth College, his MS from the University of Alaska-Anchorage, and his PhD from Cornell University. He spent two years as a USDA postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst prior to starting as a non-tenure track Research Scientist at Cornell Entomology in 2014. In 2017, he started as a tenure-track assistant professor.
- BA, Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, 2001 Dartmouth College
- MS, Biological Sciences, 2006 University of Alaska-Anchorage
- PhD, Entomology, 2012 Cornell University
- Postdoctoral, Entomology, 2014 UMass-Amherst
McArt’s main research interests are ecotoxicology, disease ecology, community ecology, and chemical ecology. His lab is focused on understanding how pesticides, pathogens, and habitat impact the health of honey bees and native wild pollinators. He is keenly interested in working with stakeholders (beekeepers, farmers, the public) and regulatory agencies to do science that addresses real-world problems and improves pollinator conservation and health. This works well with his 60/40 research/extension appointment, which gives him the privilege of interacting with many passionate stakeholders. When not engaged in research, McArt enjoys trying to stay in running shape (often with his loyal dog, James), going on any flavor of outdoor adventure with his family, and amateur nature photography.
- McArt, S. H. 2021. Parasite transmission between hives and spillover to non-Apis pollinators. Pages 219-228 in “Honey Bee Medicine for the Veterinary Practitioner”, Eds. T. R. Kane and C. M. Faux, Wiley Blackwell Press. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119583417.ch18
- Davis, A. E., K. R. Deutsch, M. J. Mata Loya, A. T. Gonzales, P. A. Muñiz, W. H. Ng and S. H. McArt. 2021. Eristalis flower flies can be mechanical vectors of the common trypanosome bee parasite, Crithidia bombi. Scientific Reports 11:15852.
- Chen, J., J. Webb, K. Shariati, S. Guo, J. K. Montclare, S. H. McArt and M. Ma. 2021. Pollen-inspired enzymatic microparticles to reduce organophosphate toxicity in managed pollinators. Nature Food 2:339-347.
- Figueroa, L. L., S. M. Compton, H. Grab and S. H. McArt. 2021. Functional traits linked to pathogen prevalence in wild bee communities. Scientific Reports 11:7529.
- Urban-Mead, K. R., P. A. Muñiz, J. Gillung, A. Espinoza, R. Fordyce, M. Van Dyke, S. H. McArt and B. N. Danforth. 2021. Bees in the trees: Diverse spring fauna in temperate forest edge canopies. Forest Ecology & Management 482:118903.
- Adler, L. S., R.E. Irwin, S. H. McArt and R. L. Vannette. 2021. Floral traits affecting the transmission of beneficial and pathogenic pollinator-associated microbes. Current Opinion in Insect Science 44:1-7.
- Figueroa, L. L., C. Grincavitch and S. H. McArt. 2021. Crithidia bombi can infect two solitary bee species while host survivorship depends on diet. Parasitology 148:435-442.
- Graystock, P., W. H. Ng, K. Parks, A. D. Tripodi, P. A. Muñiz, A. A. Fersch, C. R. Myers, Q. S. McFrederick and S. H. McArt. 2020. Dominant bee species and floral abundance drive parasite temporal dynamics in plant-pollinator communities. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4:1358-1367.
- Urbanowicz, C. M., P. A. Muñiz and S. H. McArt. 2020. Honey bees and wild pollinators differ in their preference for and use of introduced floral resources. Ecology & Evolution 10:6741-6751.
- Figueroa, L. L., H. Grab, W. H. Ng, C. R. Myers, P. Graystock, Q. S. McFrederick and S. H. McArt. 2020. Landscape simplification shapes pathogen prevalence in plant-pollinator networks. Ecology Letters 23:1212-1222.
Awards & Honors
- Cornell CALS Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Pollinator Health Team) 2017 CALS
- ENTOM 9900: Doctoral Level Thesis Research
- ENTOM 9900: Doctoral Level Thesis Research
- ENTOM 4990: Undergraduate Research in Entomology
shm33 [at] cornell.edu
Scott in the news
Solar energy developers and farmers need land to operate, and a Cornell research project aims to demonstrate how co-locating solar arrays on farmland can be an environmentally friendly way to benefit both the renewable energy and agriculture industries.
- Cornell Atkinson
- Cornell Cooperative Extension
- Animal Science
An early version of the technology – which detoxified a widely-used group of insecticides called organophosphates – is described in a new study, “Pollen-Inspired Enzymatic Microparticles to Reduce Organophosphate Toxicity in Managed Pollinators...
- Biological and Environmental Engineering