This installment of the weekly EEMB lecture series will feature Professor James Nieh from the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego. Research in Professor Nieh’s lab examines how natural and man-made stressors affect the biology of and cognitively sophisticated behaviors exhibited by bees. Their 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. They use the tools of Behavioral Ecology, Chemical Ecology, Animal Communication and Neuroethology to work with bumble bees, stingless bees, and honey bees. While the abstract for this talk not yet available, given its title “The poison-scented pen: alarm, venom, and the evolution of olfactory eavesdropping in highly social bees,” it will likely be very insightful.