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BeeBST - Bee Biogeography and Systematics Talks

What is BeeBST?

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 (Jan 26th) and biogeography of bumble bees (Feb. 23rd) start the series off with the most popular of bees to engage with a wide base of attendees. Later talks will deal with cleptoparasitic bees, anthophorines, andrenids and eventually all major and minor groups of bees.

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.

See below for the upcoming speakers:

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For more information on Dr. Packer's work, or to access his virtual bee galleries, please visit

We still have a few open sessions in 2022 and eagerly await volunteers interested in presenting on any aspect of bees relevant to the overall topics of systematics, taxonomy and biogeography.  Please contact Laurence Packer if you would like to be included as a future speaker. 

We hope the series will continue indefinitely.

Schedule of Events:


Dr. Gard Otis & Nyaton Kitnya

January 26th, 2022 @ 11:00am EST

"Diversity within the giant honey bees (Apis, subgenus Megapis)"

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Dr. Paul Williams

February 23rd, 2022 @ 11:00 EST

"When did bumblebees arrive in South America?"

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Katherine Odanaka & Dr. Thomas Onuferko

March 30, 2022 @ 11:00am EST

"Phylogeny and biogeography of cleptoparasitic nomadine bees: Epeolini and Nomada"

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Dr. Michael Orr

April 27, 2022 @ 11:00am EST

"The biology and evolution of the subfamily Anthophorinae (Apidae)"

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Kathleen Dogantzis

May 25, 2022 @ 11:00am EST

"The Evolution and Adaptive Radiation of the Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)"

Registration link coming soon!


Dr. Eduardo Almeida

July 27th, 2022 @ 11:00am EST

Registration link coming soon!

"Integrating phylogenomic and fossil evidence to interpret early bee biogeography"