Justin O. Schmidt

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Justin O. Schmidt
Justin Orvel Schmidt

(1947-03-23) March 23, 1947 (age 73)
Alma materPennsylvania State University
Known forWork on killer bees
Notable work
Schmidt sting pain index

Justin Orvel Schmidt (born March 23, 1947) is an American entomologist, co-author of Insect Defenses: Adaptive Mechanisms and Strategies of Prey and Predators, author of The Sting of the Wild, and creator of the Schmidt sting pain index. Schmidt studied honey bee nutrition, chemical communication, physiology, ecology and behavior at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Arizona, before taking lead and devoting full-time to The Southwestern Biological Institute in 2006. As research director of the Southwest Biological Institute, he studies the chemical and behavioral defenses of ants, wasps, and arachnids.

In 2015, Schmidt was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for physiology and entomology.[1][failed verification]

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  1. ^ Schmidt, Justin O.; Blum, Murray S.; Overal, William L. (1983). "Hemolytic activities of stinging insect venoms". Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology. 1 (2): 155–160. doi:10.1002/arch.940010205.

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