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The goal of the Centre for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (BEEc)'s Speaker Series is to provide opportunities for BEEc associates and invited guests to learn from each other. While only open to BEEc associates, we often are able to record presentations for others to view - please see below for those recordings, or subscribe to our YouTube Channel to receive the most up-to-date notifications on new recordings!

At 11am Eastern Time, on the second or third Friday of every month, we will feature a different topic related to bees. These will be presented through a private Zoom meeting: please check your e-mail for the meeting link, which will be sent out to all BEEc Associates each month. Check out the line-up of speakers who will be joining us:

Upcoming Talks - Stay Tuned for September 2024!

Watch your e-mail for a private Zoom meeting link to view these presentations live.

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Scroll down for Past Presentations, Videos of Selected Presentations

Keep scrolling down the page to see the list of past presentations and recordings (where permissions were given for public posting). Or visit our YouTube Channel to see the recordings from all our speaker series, webinars, conferences.

Past events:

2022-2023 Speaker Series Events

September 15th 2023: Pollen foraging mediates exposure to dichotomous stressor syndromes in honey bees with Dr. Sydney B. Wizenberg (No Recoding Available)
October 20th 2023: Economic implications of reduced stress testing in honeybee colonies with Sam Luik (No Recoding Available)
November 10th 2023: Regulatory changes underly the transition to social behavior in C. calcarata with Dova Brenman-Suttner (Recording will not be made public until results are published)
January 12th 2024: Nutritional ecology across bee species with Dr. Makaylee Crone
February 9th 2024: Bee community composition across various landscapes in a protected area with Hadil Elsayed (Recording will not be made public)

March 8th 2024: Plant-pollinator relationships of culturally significant food and medicine plants in the Great Lakes Region with Shelby Gibson

April 12th 2024: Bee conservation in pollinator-independent crop systems with Briann Dorin (Recording will not be made public until results are published)

2022-2023 Speaker Series Events

September 16, 2022: Systems biology of complex phenotypes, with Dr. Syed Abbas Bukhari (No Recording Available)

October 21, 2022: Evolution of sociality and parental care in Ceratina bees, with Dr. Michael Mikát

November 18, 2022: Honey bee exposure to multi-stressor landscapes, with Dr. Sarah French (No Recording Available)

December 16, 2022: Metagenomics and metatranscriptomics of small carpenter bees (Ceratina calcarata), with Dr. Katherine Chau

January 13, 2023: The Evolution of Bee Brood Parasitism, with Dr. Trevor Sless

February 17, 2023: Effects of dune stabilization on bees and aculeate wasps in the southern Canadian prairies, with Dr. Tom Onuferko

March 17, 2023: The evolution of protein soup in male ejaculate, with Dr. Bahar Patlar. (Note: recording will not be made public until results discussed are published).

April 14, 2023: Solutions for Farmers and Food for Bees : From knowledge on bee nutrition to actions promoting bee conservation, with Dr. Mathilde Tissier

2021-2022 Speaker Series Events

The talks below were those where the speakers gave us permission to record and share their presentations. We thank the other speakers who shared their knowledge with us as well.

April 1, 2022: Rare Plants in Southern Ontario's Woodlands: Where Are They, What Limits Them and Who Pollinates Them?

with Dr. Jenny McCune, Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge - view the poster

March 4, 2022: The Role of Heterogeneity in supporting Wild Bee Biodiversity in Canadian Agroecosystems

with Dr. Jess Vickruck, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - view the poster

Dec 3, 2021: Recommendations for Canada's First National Pollinator Strategy

with Dr. Rachel Napela, York University - view the poster

Nov 5, 2021: Bees, Math, & Collaborations

with Drs. Jane Heffernan and Amro Zayed, York University - view the poster

Oct 1, 2021: Early Insecticide Controversies and Beekeeper Advocacy in the Great Lakes Region

with Dr. Jennifer Bonnell, York University - view the poster

Summer 2021 - Beyond the Buzz: Examining Bees Through an Interdisciplinary Lens

Bees, People, Science & Others

  • July 9, 2021 with Kathleen Law, Pollinator Partnership Canada, and Dr. Clement Kent, York University - view the poster

Bees, Land & Food Justice

  • June 4, 2021 with Dr. Sheila Colla, York University, Adrianne Lickers Xavier, McMaster University, Dr. Sarah Rotz, York University - view the poster

2020-2021 Speaker Series Events