Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club presents expert on ‘Bee’havior


On Thursday, April 12, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is hosting Dr. James Nieh, one of the nation’s most highly regarded experts on bees. Nieh will speak on “The Wisdom of Bees” at the Garden Club’s quarterly meeting. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the RSF Garden Club, 17025 Avenida de Acacias, in Rancho Santa Fe.

Dr. James C. Nieh was born in Taiwan, but grew up in Southern California. He received his B.A. at Harvard in 1991 and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1997. He subsequently received a NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellowship to study at the University of Würzburg in Germany. After this, he received the prestigious Harvard Junior Fellowship. In 2000, he joined the faculty in the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego, where he is a professor in the Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution.

Dr. Nieh’s interests focus on bee communication and cognition. He studies many types of social bees, including honeybees, bumblebees, and stingless bees. Currently, his lab is interested in exploring the evolution of bee language, how bees communicate and recruit nest mates, and in how pesticides and disease affect bee behavior, navigation, and communication.

Members and non-members are welcome. The event is free. To assure there is ample seating, the event coordinator requests that you RSVP to Ginger Bord at 760-761-0989 or email her your RSVP to

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