Nieh, James

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Division: UCSD
Phone: 858-822-5010
Fax: 858-534-7108
Room: 1268
Mail code: 116

Bio: Insect societies have evolved communication systems of remarkable complexity. Highly social bees (honeybees and stingless bees) use sophisticated methods to exploit resources such as pollen, nectar, water, resin, and nest sites. Social bees can recruit, increase the number of nestmates at a particular location or increase the number of nestmates searching for a particular resource at non-specific locations.

My research examines the mechanisms that allow highly social bees to communicate resource location and seeks to understand how these communication systems have evolved.