Research Assistant – Bee Research Communication and Outreach

York University’s Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation group ( is a new interdisciplinary research and training initiative. Collectively, we are able to apply a diversity of tools to advance scientific research on bees, the world's most important group of pollinators. We are looking for a full-time research assistant with excellent communication skills to develop written […]

BEEc Student wins CAPA student merit award!

Congrats to Nadia Tsvetkov (PhD candidate, Zayed lab) for wining the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) Student Merit Award. The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists Student Merit Award was established to recognize outstanding achievement by a student in the field of apiculture. Nadia received the award at the CAPA AGM held in London Ontario (Nov 2018) and […]

New genome for an at-risk bumblebee

A massive collaborative undertaking by BEEc co-directors Colla and Zayed and their team led to the development of the first genome of an at-risk bumblebee. The researchers sequenced and analyzed 20 individual genomes of the yellow banded bumblebee; an at-risk species that has substantially declined in Canada and the US. The genome will help us […]

Similar social behaviour, Similar Genes?

A new study by BEEc researchers find that similarities in social behaviour are associated with similarities in adaptive evolution in social insects. Dogantzis, K.A., Harpur, B.A., Rodriques, A., Beani, L., Toth, A.L. and Zayed, A. (2018). Insects with similar social complexity show convergent patterns of adaptive molecular evolution. Nature Scientific Reports. 8:10388. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-28489-5 [link]