Profile for Barrett Klein

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Specialty area(s)

Animal Behavior, Entomology, Social Insect Biology, Sleep Biology, Scientific Visualization, Intersection of Entomology and Art, Cultural Entomology (how insects affect human culture)

Brief biography

The PUPATING LAB is where I study insect behavior, sleep biology, and explore the ways in which insects have affected 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 UWL 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 UWL

Entomology (BIO 444/544, alternating fall semesters; next offered: fall 2020)

Scientific Visualization (BIO 365, alternating fall semesters; next offered: fall 2019)

Animal Behavior (BIO 446/546, spring semesters)

Organismal Biology (BIO 203)

General Biology (BIO 105)

Senior Capstone (BIO 491)


University of Texas at Austin: Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (Ph.D., 2010)
University of Arizona: Entomology (M.S., 2003)
Cornell University: Entomology (B.S., 1993)

Teaching history

STEAM event (2014) - 10 Quintillion & Counting: The Art & Science of the Insect
Animal Biology

Professional history

Associate Professor, Animal Behavior, UWL (since 2016)

Research Associate, Field Museum, Chicago (2013-2018)

Assistant Professor L/I (Locator Institution), Dept. of Entomology, UW-Madison (2013-2018)

Assistant Professor, Animal Behavior, UWL (2012-2016)

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 publishing

Welcome 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.


Google Scholar


Klein BA, Vogt M, Unrein K, Reineke DR. 2018. Followers of honeybee waggle dancers change their behaviour when dancers are sleep-restricted or perform imprecise dances. Animal Behaviour. 146:71-77.

Klein BA, Brosius TR. In press. Insects in art during an age of environmental turmoil. In: A Cultural History of Insects in the Modern Age. R Peterson, Ed. Bloomsbury Publ., London, UK.

Klein BA. 2017. The six-legged muse. Introduction to: Inspired by Insects: Bugs in Contemporary Art. EA Rooney, Ed. Schiffer, Publ., Inc., Atglen, PA, USA.

Taylor RC, Page RA, Klein BA, Ryan MJ, Hunter KL. 2017. Perceived synchrony of frog multimodal signal components is influenced by content and order. Integrative and Comparative Biology. doi:10.1093/icb/icx027

Klein BA, Seeley TD. 2015. The declining use of animal and behaviour images in animal behaviour journals. Animal Behaviour. 103:171-177.

Klein BA. 2015. Encaustics: repurposing the architecture of insects. Introduction to The Buzz Stops Here: an exhibition of encaustic artwork about the science and conservation of bees. Art.Science.Gallery., Austin, TX, USA.

Klein BA, Stiegler M, Klein A, Tautz J. 2014. Mapping sleeping bees within their nest: spatial and temporal analysis of worker honey bee sleep. PLOS ONE. 9(7): e102316. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102316

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 and Humans:  a relationship recorded in visual 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.