James Nieh To Speak at the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Meeting October 7, 2019

Honey Bee Research

Professor James Nieh

Professor James Nieh

Research in the Nieh lab focuses on how natural and man-made stressors affect the biology of and cognitively sophisticated behaviors exhibited by bees. Our research focuses on two areas: (1) the selective pressures that may have shaped the evolution of communication in highly social bees and (2) honey bee health. We use the tools of Behavioral Ecology, Chemical Ecology, Animal Communication and Neuroethology to work with bumble bees, stingless bees, and honey bees. Five different topic areas are detailed below. For further information, please view the Nieh Lab Homepage.

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Evolution of Communication
Selective pressures from competitors and predators has shaped social bee communication. Our lab studies multiple bee groups: honey bees, stingless bees, and bumble bees to learn how this communication works and why it may have evolved.

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Honey Bee Health
Concern is growing over pollinator declines. Our lab examines the effects of natural stressors, such as pathogens, and man-made stressors, such as pesticides, on honey bee health, foraging, flight, and orientation.


Superorganism Inhibitory Communication
What happens if conditions change and the communicated food source becomes depleted, contested, or dangerous? The honey bee stop signal provides inhibition  that counteracts the positive feedback of honey bee waggle dances. Using field studies and modeling, we are studying this signal in detail and exploring conditions under which inhibitory signals may evolve.

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Superorganism Inhibitory Communication
We study olfactory eavesdropping in stingless bees and honey bees and examine the advantages of eavesdropping upon competitors and predators.


Neuroethology of Bee Learning and Memory
Despite their small brain size and limited number of neurons relative to the central nervous systems of many vertebrates, social insects have evolved sophisticated learning and memory abilities and are therefore important models for animal cognition. However, these abilities can be impaired by field-realistic exposure to pesticides and other man-made stressors.


LACBA Meeting Monday, October 7, 2019

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Next LACBA Meeting
Monday, October 7, 2019
Doors Open: 6:30PM (Meet & Greet)
General Meeting: 7:00PM
All are Welcome!

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 
3561 Foothill Boulevard 
La Crescenta, CA  91214


Meet and Greet - 6:30pm

General Meeting: 7:00pm

a.      Welcome

b.     Flag Salute

c.      Introduce the board Kevin Heydman, Vice President; Merrill Kruger, Secretary; Danny White, Treasurer, El Rey Ench, Member at Large and I, Jon Reese, LACBA President.  

d.     Select Raffle ticket seller, index cards for questions

e.      New Members and/or guests

f.       Thank Doug Noland for the treat du jour

Topic Speaker for October:
James Nieh, Principal Investigator, and another Researcher from the UC San Diego Nieh Bee Lab will present ongoing studies.  

Note: We are endeavoring to support research in our area. Cal Poly Pomona, UC San Diego, UC Riverside and UC “Bee Campus”Channel Islands all have honey bee programs and we are supporting these programs by inviting them to present experiments and findings at our meetings and giving scholarships/donations to further their research.

Mite load?


Meeting Minutes: Mary Ann Laun

Secretary’s Report: Merrill Kruger

Treasurer's Report: Danny White

Membership Report: Cheryl Thiele

Website: Eva Andrews

Education: Mary Landau – opportunities to educate.   

Beekeeping 101 - Keith Roberts - How did bee class go and what’s in the next class

Holiday Banquet: Doug Noland 

Economic Planning:  Next month

Elections next month Nominations?

Disbursement of Donations: Boards donation policy is changing to supporting local organizations and getting them to tell about their organization/research.

We are already committed to:

American Honey Federation: Honey Queen

Pollinator Stewardship Council: Michelle Colopy

Randy Oliver:  2 day w. lunch 2 locations– this year.

USC San Diego: October

Cal Poly Pomona: November

USC Channel Islands: Present Banquet     

 What’s blooming?

Index cards Q&A

Next month Elections yes?  Donations 

Raffle –