Miriam Richards

Miriam doing fieldwork

We study the behaviour, evolution and ecology of bees, mostly in the Niagara region of southern Ontario, Canada, but sometimes in other places.  Our favourite study species are the common species that most people, even biologists, never notice, in particular, sweat bees and carpenter bees.  We have two main lines of research: 1. behavioural and social evolution in sweat bees and carpenter bees, and 2. long-term demographic patterns of bee assemblages in regenerating meadow sites at Brock University and in former landfill sites.    We use all sorts of approaches, including field experiments, extensive behavioural observations, and molecular biology tools aimed at uncovering genetic variation.

As for me, personally, I am a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University, in St. Catharines, Ontario.  I teach undergraduate courses in Animal Behaviour and Molecular Ecology, and a graduate course in writing grant proposals.  I am also the Graduate Program Director for biology (only for a few more months!), an Associate Editor of the journal, Insectes Sociaux, and Secretary of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution.  I live at FarrFetched Farm in Welland, Ontario, where a small flock of sheep and other animals, compete with bees for my flowers and attention.

"Back to the Bee"  by Jim Paterson, 1989

“Back to the Bee” by Jim Paterson, 1989

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