James Nieh

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InstitutionUniversity of California, San Diego
Postal address9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla
United States of America
Office phone858 822 5010
Mobile phone619 865 8779
Fax(858) 534-7108
Job /  professional statusProfessor/Lecturer
Preferred COLOSS theme(s)   Pests & Pathogens,Environment
Research interestsNosema ceranae
 Bee behavior
 Bee foraging
PublicationsTan, K., Chen, W., Dong, S., Liu, X., Wang, Y., and Nieh. J.C. (in review) Imidacloprid alters foraging and increases risky behavior in bees.

Eiri, D., Endler, M., Suwannapong, G., and Nieh, J.C. (in review) Nosema ceranae can infect honey bee larvae and reduce subsequent adult longevity.

(52) Bray, A. and Nieh, J. C. (2014) Non-consumptive predator effects shape honey bee foraging and recruitment dancing. PLoS One 9(1) e87459.

(51) Tan, K., Hu, Z., Chen, W., Wang, Z., Wang, Y., and Nieh, J. C. (2013) Fearful foragers: honey bees tune colony and individual foraging to multi-predator presence and food quality. PLoS One 8 (9): e75841.

(50) Park, B. and Nieh, J. C. (in revision) Honey bee colonies alter pollen recruitment dancing and floral usage in response to seasonal changes.

(49) Hagbery, J. and Nieh, J. C. (2012) Individual lifetime pollen and nectar foraging preferences in bumble bees. Naturwissenschaften. 99:821-832.

(48) Goodale, E. and Nieh, J. C. (2012) Public use of olfactory information associated with predation in two species of social bees. Animal Behaviour. 84(4):919-924.

(47) Eckles, M., Roubik, D.W., and Nieh, J.C. (2012) A stingless bee can use visual odometry to estimate both height and distance. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215 (18):3155-3160.

(46) Eiri, D., and Nieh, J.C. (2012) A nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist affects honey bee sucrose responsiveness and decreases waggle dancing. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215:2022-2029.

(45) Nguyen, H., and Nieh, J. C. (2012) Colony and individual forager responses to food quality in the New World bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis. Journal of Insect Behavior. 25:60-69.

(44) Sánchez, D., Nieh, J. C., and Vandame, R. (2011) Visual and chemical cues provide redundant information in the multimodal recruitment system of the stingless bee Scaptotrigona mexicana (Apidae, Meliponini). Insectes Sociaux. 58:575-579.

(43) Lichtenberg, E.M., Turrati, I. C., Hrncir, M., and Nieh, J.C. (2011) Olfactory eavesdropping by two competing stingless bee species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 65: 763-774.

(42) Sadler, N. and Nieh, J. C. (2011) Honey bee forager thoracic temperature is tuned to broad scale differences in recruitment motivation. Journal of Experimental Biology. 214: 469-475.

(41) Johnson, B.R.†, Nieh, J.C. (2010) Modeling the adaptive role of negative signaling in honey bee intraspecific competition. Journal of Insect Behavior. 23: 459-471.

(40) Ramírez†, S.R., Nieh, J. C., Quental†, T.B., Roubik, D.W., Imperatriz-Fonseca†, V.L., and Pierce, N.E. (2010) Molecular phylogeny of the stingless bee genus Melipona (Hymenoptera: Apidae) and the evolution of recruitment communication in eusocial Apidae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 56: 519-525.

(39) Nieh, J. C. (2010) A negative feedback signal that is triggered by peril curbs honey bee recruitment. Current Biology. 20: 310-315.

(38) Lau, C.W. & Nieh, J.C. (2010) Honey bee stop signal production under overcrowded feeder conditions. Apidologie. 41: 87-95.

(37) Lichtenberg, E.M., Imperatriz-Fonseca†, V.L., and Nieh, J.C. (2010) Behavioral suites mediate group-level foraging dynamics in communities of tropical stingless bees. Insectes Sociaux. 57: 105-113.

(36) Hammer*, T.J., Hata*, C., & Nieh, J.C. (2009) Thermal learning in the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Journal of Experimental Biology. 212: 3928-3934.

(35) Sánchez†, D., Nieh, J.C., León†, A., & Vandame, R. (2009) Food recruitment information can spatially redirect employed stingless bee foragers. Ethology.115: 1175-1181.

(34) Toda*, N., Song*, J., & Nieh, J.C. (2009) Bumble bees exhibit the memory spacing effect. Naturwissenschaften. 96: 1185-1191.

(33) Kuhn-Neto*†, B., Contrera†, F.A.L., Castro†, M.S., & Nieh, J.C. (2009) Long distance foraging and recruitment by a stingless bee, Melipona mandacaia. Apidologie. 40: 472-480.

(32) Lichtenberg, E.M., Hrncir, M., & Nieh, J.C. (2009) A scientific note: Foragers deposit attractive scent marks in a stingless bee that does not communicate food location. Apidologie. 40: 1-2.

(31) Kitaoka, T.K. & Nieh, J.C. (2009) Bumble bee pollen foraging regulation: role of pollen quality, storage levels, and odor. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 63: 501-510.

(30) Renner, M.A. & Nieh, J.C. (2008) Bumble bee olfactory information flow and contact-based foraging activation. Insectes Sociaux 55: 417-424

(29) Mapalad†, K. S., Leu*, D. & Nieh, J. C. (2008). Bumble bees heat up for high quality pollen. Journal of Experimental Biology, 211:2239-2242.

(28) Eckles M. A., Wilson E. E., Holway D. A., and Nieh, J. C. (2008) Yellowjackets (Vespula pensylvanica) thermoregulate in response to changes in protein concentration. Naturwissenschaften. 95: 787-792.

(27) Sánchez†, D., Nieh, J., and Vandame, R. (2008) Experience-based interpretation of visual and chemical information in Scaptotrigona mexicana (Apidae, Meliponini). Animal Behavior 76: 407-414

(26) Contrera†, F. A. L. and J. C. Nieh (2007). Effect of forager-deposited odors on the intra-patch accuracy of recruitment in the stingless bees Melipona panamica and Partamona peckolti (Apidae, Meliponini). Apidologie 38:584-594

(25) Contrera†, F. A. L. and J. C. Nieh. (2007). The effect of ambient temperature on forager sound production and thoracic temperature in the stingless bee, Melipona panamica. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61:887-897.

(24) Nieh, J. C., León†, A., Cameron, S., and Vandame, R. (2006) Hot bumblebees at good food: thoracic temperature of feeding Bombus wilmattae foragers is tuned to sucrose concentration. Journal of Experimental Biology 209: 4185-4192.

(23) Wilson ES, Holway D, Nieh JC (2006) Cold anesthesia decreases foraging recruitment in the New World bumblebee, Bombus occidentalis. Journal of Apicultural Research 45:169-172

(22) Nieh, J. C. & Sánchez*†, D. (2005) Effect of food quality, distance, and height on thoracic temperature in the stingless bee, Melipona panamica. Journal of Experimental Biology 208:3933-3943.

(21) Saraiva, A. M., Nieh, J. C., Cartolano*† Jr., E. A. (2005) EthoLog: a tool for data acquisition in behavioral studies. 2005 EFITA/WCCA Joint Congress on Information Technology in Agriculture. 1, 1-7.

(20) Contrera†, F. A. L., Imperatriz-Fonseca†, V. L., Nieh, J. C. (2005) Temporal and climatological influences on flight activity in Trigona hyalinata (Apidae, Meliponini). Revista Tecnologia e Ambiente. 10:35-43

(19) Nieh, J. C., Kruizinga*, K., Contrera†, F. A. L., Barreto*†, L. S. & Imperatriz-Fonseca†, V. L. (2005) Effect of group size on the aggression strategy of an extirpating stingless bee, Trigona spinipes. Insectes Sociaux. 52, 1-8.

(18) Nieh, J. C., Contrera†, F. A. L., Yoon*, R. R., Barreto*†, L. S., & Imperatriz-Fonseca†, V. L. (2004) Polarized short odor-trail recruitment communication by a stingless bee, Trigona spinipes. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 56, 435-448.

(17) Nieh, J. C., Barreto*†, L. S., Contrera†, F. A. L. & Imperatriz-Fonseca†, V. L. (2004) Olfactory eavesdropping by a competitively foraging stingless bee, Trigona spinipes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 271, 1633-1640.

(16) Sánchez*†, D., Nieh, J. C., Hénaut, Y., Cruz†, L., & Vandame, R. (2004) High precision during food recruitment of experienced (reactivated) foragers in the stingless bee Scaptotrigona mexicana (Apidae, Meliponini). Naturwissenschaften. 91, 346-349.

(15) Nieh, J. C., Contrera†, F. A. L. & Nogueira-Neto†, P. (2003) Pulsed mass-recruitment by a stingless bee, Trigona hyalinata. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 270, 2191-2196.

(14) Nieh, J. C., Contrera†, F. A. L., Ramírez*†, S. & Imperatriz-Fonseca†, V. L. (2003) Variation in the ability to communicate 3-D resource location by stingless bees from different habitats. Animal Behaviour, 66, 1129-1139.

(13) Nieh, J. C., Contrera†, F. A. L., Rangel*†, J. & Imperatriz-Fonseca†, V. L. (2003) Effect of food location and quality on recruitment sounds and success in two stingless bees, Melipona mandacaia and Melipona bicolor. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 55, 87-94.

(12) Nieh, J. C., Ramírez*†, S. & Nogueira-Neto†, P. (2003) Multi-source odor-marking of food by a stingless bee, Melipona mandacaia. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 54, 578-586.

(11) Nieh, J. C. & Tautz, J. (2000) Behavior-locked signal analysis reveals weak 200-300 Hz comb vibrations during the honeybee waggle dance. Journal of Experimental Biology, 203, 1573-1579.

(10) Nieh, J. C., Tautz, J., Spaethe, J. & Bartareau, T. (2000) The communication of food location by a primitive stingless bee, Trigona carbonaria. Zoology, 102, 239-246.

(9) Nieh, J. C. (1999) Stingless-bee communication. American Scientist, 87, 428-435.

(8) Nieh, J. C. & Roubik, D. W. (1998) Potential mechanisms for the communication of height and distance by a stingless bee, Melipona panamica. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 43, 387-399.

(7) Nieh, J. C. (1998) The food recruitment dance of the stingless bee, Melipona panamica. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 43, 133-145.

(6) Nieh, J. C. (1998) The honey bee shaking signal: function and design of a modulatory communication signal. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 42, 23-36.

(5) Nieh, J. C. (1998) The role of a scent beacon in the communication of food location in the stingless bee, Melipona panamica. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 43, 47-58.

(4) Nieh, J. C. & Roubik, D. W. (1995) A stingless bee (Melipona panamica) indicates food location without using a scent trail. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 37, 63-70.

(3) Nieh, J. C. (1993) The stop signal of honey bees: Reconsidering its message. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 33, 51-56.

(3) Goodale, E., Beauchamp, G., Magrath, R., Nieh, J.C. and Ruxton, G.D. (2010) Interspecific information transfer influences animal community structure. Trends. Ecol. Evol. 25(6):354-361.

(2) Nieh, J. C. (2009) Convergent evolution of food recruitment mechanisms in bees and wasps. In Organization of Insect Societies: From Genome to Sociocomplexity, eds. J. Gadau and J. H. Fewell. Cambidge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. 266-288.

(1) Nieh, J. C. (2004) Recruitment communication in stingless bees (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponini). Apidologie, 35, 159-182.