Simone Rabeling

427 Tyler Mall
Research Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus


Simone Cappellari Rabeling is an evolutionary ecologist who is interested in the effect of species interactions for the maintainance of biodiversity on Earth. Her research focuses on plant-pollinator interactions at the species and community levels. She is especially interested in studying community ecology and niche partitioning among species that ar involved in specialized mutualistic interactions. Her research is interdisciplinary and she uses ecological network theory, niche ecology, phylogenetic community ecology, and chemical ecology to study the influence of plant-pollinator interactions for the maintainance of diversity in natural communities. 



Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Graduate Program, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011

M.S., Zoology, Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany, 2003

B.S., Biology, Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany, 2001

Google Scholar


10. Cappellari-Rabeling, S. C., R. Tidon, J. L. Neff, B. B. Simpson and S. Pawar. (2019)

Seasonal variation of a plant-pollinator network in the Brazilian Cerrado: implications for community structure and robustness. PLoS One []

9. Haleem M. A., S. C. Cappellari, B. B. Simpson and A. J. Marsaioli (2015) Pterandric acid - its isolation, synthesis and stereochemistry. Natural Products Communications 10: 99-102.

8. Cappellari, S.C., H. Schaefer and C.C. Davis. (2013) Pollen or pollinators – which came first? Current Biology 23: R316-8.

7. Cappellari, S.C., G. A. R. Melo, A. J. C. Aguiar and J. L. Neff. (2012) Floral oil collection by male Tetrapedia bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Tetrapediini). Apidologie 43: 39-50.

6. Cappellari, S. C., M. A. Haleem, A. Marsaioli, R. Tidon and B. B. Simpson. (2011) Pterandra pyroidea: a case of pollination shift within Neotropical Malpighiaceae. Annals of Botany 107: 1323-1334.

5. Cappellari, S. C. and B. Harter-Marques. (2010) First report of scent collection by male orchid bees (Apidae: Euglossini) from terrestrial mushrooms in southern Brazil. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 83: 264-266.

4. Cappellari, S. C., B. Harter-Marques, P. Aumeier and W. Engels (2009). Mecardonia tenella (Plantaginaceae) attracts oil-, perfume-, and pollen-gathering bees in Southern Brazil. Biotropica 41: 721-729.

3. Rabeling, C., J. L. Neto, S. C. Cappellari, I. Santos, U. G. Mueller and M. Bacci Jr. (2009) Thelytokous parthenogenesis in the fungus-gardening ant Mycocepurus smithii (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). PLOS One 4(8): e6781.

2. Cappellari, S. C., P. Aumeier, B. Harter-Marques,and W. Engels (2003). Male orchid bees collect from oil-secreting flowers in southern Brazil. Apidologie 34: 486-487.

1. Cappellari, S. C., B. Harter, A. Zillikens, J. Steiner and W. Engels (2002). Comparison of orchid bee diversity in fragments of Araucaria- and Atlantic-rainforests of Southern Brazil.  Apidologie 33: 517-518.

Book Chapter

Cappellari, S. C. (2011). Plant-Pollinator Interactions and their Relevance for Conservation of the Cerrado Vegetation in the Reserva Ecológica of IBGE (in Portuguese). In: RECOR: Biodiversity, Anthropomorphic Pressures and Environmental Management; vol. I, ed. Mauro C. L. Brito. Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics press, Brasília.

Popular Science Articles 

Cappellari, S.C. (2011). Oil flowers and oil-collecting bees. Featured on Revista Fapesp Online (Brazilian equivalent of Scientific American).

Cappellari, S.C. (2009). On the sustainable use of a natural, renewable resource: the Pequi fruit. Aprenda com a Natureza 2:2 (in Portuguese).


Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research