Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Sean Brady

Chair of Entomology and Curator of Hymenoptera
Department / Division
  • M.A., California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., California Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Research Interests
  • Phylogenetics, molecular evolution, systematics, and historical biogeography of Hymenoptera, especially bees and ants;
  • Coevolutionary patterns and dynamics between Hymenoptera and their symbionts (e.g., other arthropods, fungi, bacteria);
  • Evolution of sociality in insects;
  • Phylogenetic theory and methodology, including applications to large-scale evolutionary questions

My research concentrates on increasing our understanding of the origins, diversification, and molecular evolution of social insects, especially ants and bees. I am particularly interested in applying comparative approaches that incorporate evidence from systematics, ecology, genetics, and genomics in order to address specific questions in ant and bee evolution.