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BeeBST - Bee Biogeography and Systematics Talks

What is BeeBST?

Bee Biogeography and Systematics Talks (BeeBST) is a series of monthly webinars on bee systematics, taxonomy and biogeography. It is aimed at a general audience of people interested in bees and pollinators, and especially with those interested in bee classification and biogeography.

The taxonomy of giant honey bees, biogeography of bumble bees, cleptoparasitic nomandine bees, Anthophorinae, the adaptive radiation of the western honey bee, mining bees, integrating fossil evidence, floral associations in Eucerine bees... and we are just getting started!

  • Please see the list below for the most current information and links to register for each event 

Talks will generally be held at 11:00am (EST) on the last Wednesday of each month. We are hoping that many of the talks will be recorded and made available on the Centre for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation’s YouTube channel, so please subscribe to stay up-to-date!

We currently have all slots for 2022 filled (the last Wednesday of every month except December) and already have a handful of presenters volunteering for 2023! 

If you would like to add your name to next year's list please contact Laurence Packer at

We hope the series will continue indefinitely...

Schedule of Upcoming Events in the Bee Biogeography and Systematics Talks series:

(completed events and any associated recordings are listed at the bottom of the page)


Dr. Jason Gibbs & Joel Gardner

September 28, 2022 @ 11:00am EST

Recent advances in Lasioglossum Systematics: Phylogeny, Taxonomy, and Classification

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Dr. Denis Michez

October 26, 2022 @ 11:00am EST

Phylogeny, ecology and biogeography of melittid bees

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Dr. Claus Rasmussen

November 30, 2022 @ 11:00am EST

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Registration coming soon.

Stay tuned for more events in the Bee Biogeography and Systematics Talks series...

Past events are listed below and linked to the YouTube Recording (as available)


"Diversity Within the Giant Honey Bees (Apis, subgenus Megapis)" with Dr. Gard Otis and Nyaton Kitnya - January 26, 2022


"When Did Bumblebees Arrive in South America?" with Dr. Paul Williams - February 23, 2022


"Phylogeny and Biogeography of Cleptoparasitic Nomadine Bees: Epeolini and Nomada" with Katherine Odanaka and Dr. Thomas Onuferko - March 30, 2022


"The Biology and Evolution of the Subfamily Anthophorinae (Apidae)" with Dr. Michael Orr - April 27, 2022


"The Evolution and Adaptive Radiation of the Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)" with Kathleen Dogantzis - May 25, 2022


"The Mining Bee Family (Andrenidae): Phylogeny, Taxonomy, Diversification and Biogeography" Dr. Silas Bossert & Dr. Gideon Pisanty - June 29, 2022


"Integrating Phylogenomic and Fossil Evidence to Interpret Early Bee Biogeography" with Dr. Eduardo Almeida July 27th, 2022 *the recording may be made available upon publication of the research


"Systematics, Biogeographical History, and Evolution of Floral Associations in Eucerine Bees". This video from August 31, 2022 features the slides and discussion related to Dr. Dorchini's portion of the presentation; Dr. Feritas' will be posted in the future after his results have been published.