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Honeybee Democracy talk @ Falmouth High School

When: Fri Mar 30th
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Falmouth High School, 874 Gifford Street, Falmouth

Dr. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on animal behavior, especially the social behavior of honey bees, will present the final lecture of the MBL Falmouth Forum with a talk on Honeybee Democracy. The talk is free and the public is welcome.

Professor Seeley will describe how honeybees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together—as a swirling cloud of bees—to their new home. He will illustrate how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years. Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Dr. Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house-hunting and democratic debate among  honeybees.

Dr. Thomas Seeley is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, where he teaches courses in animal behavior and does research on the functional organization of honeybee colonies. He began keeping and studying bees while a high school student, when he brought home a swarm of bees in a wooden box. He went away to college at Dartmouth and on to graduate school at Harvard University where he studied under two ant men (Drs. Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson), began his research on bees in earnest, and earned his Ph.D. Dr. Seeley has received the Senior Scientist Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His publications include in three books: Honeybee Ecology, The Wisdom of the Hive, and Honeybee Democracy.
For more information about the Falmouth Forum, visit or contact the MBL Communications Office at: (508) 289-7423; Important Note: Due to renovations being done to the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium this winter, the season’s final lecture will be held at Falmouth High School.

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