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BeeCon 2022

The in-person attendees at BeeCon 2022. They were joined by about 300 people online!

BeeCon returned in 2022 with a hybrid event: virtual only (via Zoom Webinar) on Oct 13 and an in-person option at York University (Life Sciences Building, Room 105, First Floor) on Friday, Oct 14 as well as the virtual option.  We had over 400 attendees in total, both locally and globally. More details, including the schedule, a full program and location details, are posted below.

Please note that this event was intended to be for researchers who are currently involved in a field related to bees. Other interested persons were invited to watch the recordings after the event. These are now online for speakers who gave permission to share their talks (see below).

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Watch the full playlist of BeeCon 2022 videos at or see below for individual videos.

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Full Program - Click Here to View or Download

Registration Deadline Was Fri, Sept 30, 2022 - Now Closed, Stay Tuned for 2023!

Applications for Presenters Were Due Wed, Sept 21, 2022 - Now Closed, Stay Tuned for 2023!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hollis Woodard, “The Ontogeny of Sociality in Bumble Bee Queens”

Dr. Woodard is an Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, University of California  Riverside and Lead PI, US National Native Bee Monitoring Network. Watch her presentation here.

Thanks for our sponsors!

BeeCon 2022 was a hybrid in-person and online event, which was completely free for all participants thanks to our generous sponsors!

Support for this event was provided by York University's:

Learn more about past BeeCon events here.

Thursday morning talks (8am-12noon, Oct 13, 2022)

Victoria MacPhail, Welcome to BeeCon 2022!
Jocelyn Armistead, A comparison of collection methods for evaluating Canadian bumble bee diversity
Pamela Martin, 'Every third mouthful…'
Mudssar Ali, Seasonal impact of landscape complexity, nesting substrate, and nest orientation on cavity-nesting solitary bees in southern Punjab, Pakistan
Shianne Lindsay, Wild bee utilization of engineered pollinator habitats in eastern Nebraska agroecosystems
Mohamed Shebl, Effectiveness of bee pollination on the yield components of broad bean, Vicia faba L. in Ismailia, Egypt
Madeleine Ostwald, Announcing Big-Bee: An initiative to promote understanding of bees through image and trait digitization
Meenakshi Vengarai, Evidence for lack of bilateral transfer of olfactory learned information in Apis dorsata and Apis mellifera
Scott Harris, Pollination biology and pollinator communities of the endangered Willamette Daisy in Oregon Prairies
Susan Waters, Prescribed fire in grassland restoration is associated with increased plant-pollinator community resilience to plant species losses
Victor Gonzalez, Variations in bee responses to thermal stress
Sarah Peebles, Bold Directions in Polyester Housing

Thursday afternoon talks (1-5:30pm, October 13, 2022)

*KEYNOTE PRESENTATION* Hollis Woodard, The Ontogeny of Sociality in Bumble Bee Queens
Meghan Barrett, Decreases in Centris pallida male head widths across five decades (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
Hongmei Li-Byarlay, Pesticide residues in the hive products and their potential risks to honey bees in China
Daniela Zarate, Admixture in Africanized honey bees (Apis mellifera) from Panamá to San Diego, California (U.S.A.)
Robin Owen, Reconciling estimates of diploid male frequencies in populations of euglossine bees; allozymes vs. microsatellites
Jason Gibbs, Wild bees of Manitoba: there's more than you may think
Jessica Petersen, Minnesota Statewide Bee Survey
Richard E.L. (Dick) Rogers, Bee$Pay: Calculating honey bee stocking rates for lowbush blueberry and almonds
Kit Prendergast, An enduring aesthetic appreciation of bees in art and culture through the ages
Peter Kwapong, Pollination studies in Shea Parklanda in Northern Ghana.
Victoria MacPhail, Wrap-up Day 1 of BeeCon 2022

Friday talks (9am-1pm October 14, 2022)

Victoria MacPhail, Welcome to Day 2 of BeeCon 2022!
Anthony Ayers, Urbanization effects on wild bee community assemblages and plant interactions
Amanda Liczner, Impacts of systemic insecticide exposure on the movement ecology of bumble bee queens
Phuong (Cindy) Nguyen, Effects of urban land use gradients on the wild bee microbiome
Anna Chernyshova, The brain-gut axis of honey bees: Testing how microbiota affect individual and collective behavior
Sandara Brasil, Museomics: a powerful tool to understand wild bees’ genetic responses to climate and land use change
Garland Xie, No evidence of environmental filtering of solitary cavity-nesting solitary bees and wasps via urbanization
James Mesich, Dominance hierarchy formation and maintenance in a facultatively social bee species (Xylocopa virginica)
Victoria MacPhail, Closing Comments for BeeCon 2022

Instructions for BeeCon 2022 Speakers:

Speakers will be allowed a maximum of 12 minutes of presentation time, with a 2-3 min Q&A period at the conclusion.

For those presenting virtually: We will be using Zoom's webinar feature as the platform. Each speaker will be added as a webinar panelist for the day on which you will be presenting. Please join the webinar using that link and not the general attendee link for the day of your presentation.

For those presenting in person: We will be using Microsoft PowerPoint run on a Windows-based computer. Please bring your presentation on a USB or send to beec @ in advance so we can pre-load the presentations.

More information for speakers can be found in the October 11, 2022 e-mail sent to them or by clicking here.

Attendees watching an in-person talk
Attendees enjoying lunch outside on a warm fall day
Attendees watching an in-person talk
Attendees networking during one of the breaks