News and Blog

Rafael Ferrari receives Thesis Dissertation Prize

Recent graduate, Rafael Ferrari (Packer Lab), is awarded Thesis Prize for his PhD dissertation “Systematics and Biogeography of Colletinae with Revisionary Studies of the Species of Colletes Latreille (Hymenoptera: Colletidae: Colletinae) from Chile and Eastern South America” Congratulations Rafael! FGS Thesis and Dissertation Prizes honour cutting-edge research

Senate approves BEEc as an Organized Research Unit!

We are officially an Organized Research Unit (ORU) at York University! The Vice President of Research and Innovation (Amir Asif) just announced the senate approval of our proposed ORU - The Centre for Bee Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation! We couldn't be prouder and are excited to begin our cross-disciplinary research. Here's to new beginnings! Senate […]

"Murder Hornets" are just Giant Hornets

Spencer Monckton (PhD candidate, Packer Lab) delves into the details of the fascinating Vespa mandarinia, incorrectly dubbed the "Murder Hornet". Some key points: The do not post a danger to humans We don't know if they post a threat to (non-native) honey bees There are already multiple introduced honey bee pests in N. America They are […]

New paper published by Rehan Lab

New publication by Sandra Rehan and her PhD student, Katherine Odanaka looking at wild bee distribution near forest landscapes. Read the full article here:

York Circle: an online lecture series - May 2, 2020

The new online format of this lecture series features exciting new research coming out of York University. The spring session is coming up on May 2, 2020! Jane Heffernan, one of our BEEc executive members, will be presenting on modelling for COVID-19. Join her at 1:40pm to hear about how the mathematical models her team […]

Global insect declines (Wiley Online) featuring Laurence Packer

Special issue: Spotlight on insects: trends, threats, and conservation challenges, co-authored by BEEc's Laurence Packer along with a team of expert entomologists. The publication brings light to the importance of insect conservation, pointing out population trends and drivers of change leading to future challenges. To read the full article click here.