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 [Immediate, 20/8/15] 

 Portrait of a bee biologist 

Tom Seeley is probably the most famous living bee biologist, renowned as author of a number of major books such as “The wisdom of the hive” and “Honey bee democracy”. In the latest issue of Bee World, published today, Editor Dr. Kirsten Traynor interviews Prof. Seeley about how his interest in bees began, and his working methods. 

His interest in bees began young, and was crystallised whilst working one summer helping a professor at Cornell when he was a High School student. This led to the collection of his first honey bee swarm. He says: “This experience of watching these bees is what really hooked me”. 

Prof. Seeley explains how his interest was sparked in the big picture of how a honey bee colony choses between the many different possible food sources over the large area around its home to achieve efficient foraging. He also reveals why remote locations such as islands and forests can be such useful sites to carry out these studies. 

An important component of his recent work has been studying the feral colonies living in trees in the remote and isolated Arnot Forest in New York State. These have for many years survived the presence of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, thought to be the major cause of worldwide colony losses, without the help of man. A shortly to be published study is looking at the DNA of these survivor bees to see what clues they may provide to help beekeepers fight the mite without recourse to chemical treatments. 

Bee World Editor Kirsten Traynor says: “Tom Seeley combines the rare qualities of wit with humbleness. He has achieved the work/life balance so many scientists struggle to find. He was a pleasure to interview for our new column on the “Scientist behind the Science” and emphasized the importance of exploratory descriptive research before “mucking about” and “tinkering” with a system for an experiment. “. 

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Norman Carreck, Science Director, IBRA +44 (0)791 8670169 Email: 


1. Tom Seeley is Professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Behaviour at Cornell University, USA. His scientific work has focussed on understanding the behaviour and social life of honey bees:- 

2. The new issue of Bee World can be viewed at:- 

3. The International Bee Research Association (“IBRA”) founded in 1949 is the world’s longest established apicultural research publishers and promotes the value of bees by providing information on bee science and beekeeping worldwide. 

4. In association with the Taylor & Francis Group, IBRA publishes Bee World, founded by the Apis Club in 1919. This is now an accessible and topical journal containing the latest bee research, news, reviews and other relevant information for the bee scientist, beekeeper, and anyone with an interest in bees. It is published four times a year:- 

5. In association with the Taylor & Francis Group, IBRA publishes the peer-reviewed scientific journal the Journal of Apicultural Research, founded by IBRA in 1962. It includes original research articles, theoretical papers; scientific notes and comments; together with authoritative reviews on scientific aspects of the biology, ecology, natural history, conservation and culture of all types of bee. It is published five times a year. The ISI Impact Factor (2014) is 1.895 and the ISI 5-year Impact Factor is 1.942:- 

6. IBRA publishes and sells books on bee science, bee conservation and beekeeping and also provides bee information services. IBRA is a Registered Charity, and its Council of Trustees boasts some of the world’s leading bee scientists. 

7. IBRA membership and subscription rates 2015:- 

IBRA Membership including Bee World (£36) IBRA Membership including online Journal of Apicultural Research (£90) IBRA Membership including online and print Journal of Apicultural Research (£150) 

For all IBRA membership enquiries please visit the IBRA website:- 

Corporate and institutional subscribers:- 

Bee World online only (£94) 

Bee World print and online (£107) 

Journal of Apicultural Research online only (£348) 

Journal of Apicultural Research print and online (£398) 

For all corporate and institutional subscriptions please contact the Taylor & Francis Customer Service Department: Email: 

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