Dr. Michael C. Orr

Group Leader on Insect-Plant Interactions

Bee biodiversity, systematics, and evolution

Research interests

My research group focuses on the study of bee-plant interactions from the bee perspective. We use methods ranging from natural history investigation to biodiversity informatics and molecular sequencing, to study the evolution of bees and their host plants across space and time.

Professional history



  • Research Group Leader on Insect-Plant Interactions, Entomology, Stuttgart Naturkundemuseum, Germany.


  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

2011-2017, intermittently

  • DiscoverLife.org Identification Guide Specialist, USA.


  • Entomology Collections Intern, Brady Lab, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., USA. 


  • Lab Technician, Danforth Lab, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. 



  • Utah State University: PhD in Biology. Dissertation: The Biogeography and Nesting Biology of Anthophora, with a Revision and Phylogeny of the Anthophora (Micranthophora).


  • Cornell University: B.S. in Entomology, with Distinction in Research. Honor's thesis: The Biodiversity of Bees in the Apple Orchards of New York State.

Peer review

Reviewer for 35 journals, including Nature Ecology & Evolution, Ecography, Conservation Biology, Cladistics, Systematic Entomology, Ecology, Ecological Indicators, Environmental Pollution, Diversity & Distributions, and more: https://www.webofscience.com/wos/author/record/AAF-7232-2019


  • Stuttgart Entomological Society
  • IUCN Wild Bee Specialist Group (Asia and Databasing Leadership Groups)
  • Group on Earth Observation (GEOBON)
  • Beijing Ecological Society
  • The International Society of Hymenopterists
  • Entomological Society of America