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James C. Nieh

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Associate Dean and Professor of Biology, University of California, San Diego

Research in the Nieh lab focuses on how natural and man-made stressors affect the biology of and cognitively sophisticated behaviors exhibited by bees. Our 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. We use the tools of Behavioral Ecology, Chemical Ecology, Animal Communication and Neuroethology to work with bumble bees, stingless bees, and honey bees. Dr. Nieh received his BA from Harvard in 1991 and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1997. He completed a NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Würzburg, Germany and was a Harvard Junior Fellow from 1998-2000.


  • –present
    Associate Dean & Professor of Ecology, Behavior & Evolution, University of California, San Diego


Heiligenberg Chair of Neuroethology, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA (2001-2003); Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, United Kingdom