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Thomas D. Seeley, es profesor de la Universidad de Cornell, Ithaca, NY 14853. Teléfono - oficina: (607) 254-4301, fax: (607) 254-1303, mailto:tds5@cornell.edu

Intereses de la investigación[]

Mis focos científicos del trabajo en entender una de las cinco transiciones principales en la evolución, a saber la transición del organismo al grupo como el del más alto nivel de la entidad funcionalmente organizada. Concerniente a los cuatro el otro transición de importante replicator a la célula prokaryotic, de prokaryotic a la célula eukaryotic, y de la célula eukaryotic al organismo multicelular, la transición del organismo-a-grupo es en gran medida estudiado lo más fácilmente posible. Para entender esta transición, debemos solucionar dos rompecabezas: ¿Por qué hay cooperación fuerte entre los miembros de un grupo altamente integrado? ¿y cómo los miembros de tal grupo trabajan junto como unidad adaptante?. Mis estudiantes y yo tratamos ambas preguntas investigando a colonias de abejas. Una colonia de la abeja es un sistema modelo para estudiar la organización funcional en el nivel del grupo porque obra recíprocamente con el ambiente como entero coherente y posee las adaptaciones numerosas para el grupo que funciona, con todo es inusualmente favorable al análisis experimental. Hasta la fecha, hemos dirigido la mayor parte de nuestros esfuerzos en entender porqué hay conflicto tan poco reproductivo en una colonia de la abeja, y cómo organizan a una colonia internamente para recolectar con eficacia su alimento y agua, elegir un sitio de la jerarquía y construir su jerarquía, y protegerse contra depredadores y parásitos.

Algunos de los resultados principales que I y mis estudiantes han hecho en estudiar la unidad funcional de las colonias de la abeja se describen brevemente abajo (chascar encendido un asunto para una descripción más detallada). Mucho de este trabajo se repasa detalladamente en mi libro, la sabiduría de la colmena (prensa de la universidad de Harvard, 1995).

  • 1. La reproducción del trabajador es bloqueada limpiando del trabajador-trabajador.
  • 2. el señalar del Reina-trabajador es mutualistic, no manipulante.
  • 3. Una colonia supervisa con eficacia su ambiente para las fuentes ricas del alimento.
  • 4. Los foragers de una colonia se distribuyen entre fuentes del néctar de una manera que optimice la colección de la energía de la colonia.
  • 5. Una colonia ajusta su selectividad entre fuentes del néctar en lo referente a abundancia del forraje.
  • 6. Una colonia ajusta el porcentaje de sus trabajadores contratados a la colección del néctar en lo referente a abundancia del forraje.
  • 7. Una colonia ajusta el porcentaje de sus trabajadores contratados a la recepción del néctar en lo referente a abundancia del forraje.
  • 8. Una colonia controla firmemente su inversión en la construcción del peine.
  • 9. El control del tipo de peine del construir-trabajador del peine o de peine del abejón se descentraliza.
  • 10. La colección de polen es controlada por la regeneración negativa de las abejas de la enfermera a los foragers.
  • 11. La colección de agua es controlada por la regeneración negativa de las abejas del receptor a los foragers.
  • 12. Una colonia elige su sitio casero futuro cuidadosamente y bien.
  • 13. El procedimiento de toma de decisión durante la selección del jerarquía-sitio utiliza medios curiosos del edificio del consenso.
  • 14. Las abejas de la reina pueden acoplarse multiplican como medios de hacer frente a los parásitos.
  • 15. La depredación ha tenido una influencia penetrante en la organización funcional de las colonias de la abeja.

Publicaciones[]

  • 104. Seeley, T.D. and P.K. Visscher. 2004. Quorum sensing during nest-site selection by honeybee swarms. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 56:594-601.
  • 103. Tarpy, D.R., D.C. Gilley, and T.D. Seeley. 2004. Levels of selection in a social insect: a review of conflict and cooperation during honey bee (Apis mellifera) queen replacement. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 55:513-523.
  • 102. Seeley, T.D. and P.K. Visscher. 2004. Group decision making in nest-site selection by honey bees. Apidologie. 35:1-16.
  • 101. Land, B.B. and T.D. Seeley. 2004. The grooming invitation dance of the honey bee. Ethology. 110:1-10.
  • 100. Huang, M.H. and T.D. Seeley. 2003. Multiple unloadings by nectar foragers in honey bees: a matter of information improvement or crop fullness? Insectes Sociaux 50:330-339.
  • 99. Seeley, T.D. 2003. What studies of communication have revealed about the minds of worker honey bees. In: Genes, Behavior, and Evolution in Social Insects, ed. T. Kikuchi. Pages 22-33. University of Hokkaido Press, Sapporo.
  • 98. Seeley, T.D. and P.K. Visscher. 2003. Choosing a home: how the scouts in a honey bee swarm perceive the completion of their group decision making. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 54:511-520.
  • 97. Seeley, T.D. 2003. Beauty and the bees. [Review of Form and Function in the Honey Bee, by Lesley Goodman, International Bee Research Association, 2003.] Nature 424:372-373.
  • 96. Seeley, T.D., Kleinhenz, M., Bujok, B., Tautz, J. 2003. Thorough warm-up before take-off in honey bee swarms. Naturwissenschaften 90:256-260.
  • 95. Seeley, T.D. and A.S. Mikheyev. 2003. Reproductive decisions by honey bee colonies: tuning investment in male production in relation to success in energy acquisition. Insectes Sociaux 50:134-138.
  • 94. Seeley, T.D. 2003. Consensus building during nest-site selection in honey bee swarms: the expiration of dissent. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 53:417-424.
  • 93. Seeley, T.D. 2003. Bees in the forest, still. Bee Culture 131:24-27.
  • 92. Seeley, T.D. 2002. Honeybees. In: Encyclopedia of Evolution, ed. M. Pagel. Pages 501-502. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • 91. Seeley, T.D., S. Kühnholz, and R.H. Seeley. 2002. An early chapter in behavioral physiology and sociobiology: the science of Martin Linaduer. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: 188:439-453.
  • 90. Seeley, T.D. 2002. When is self-organization used in biological systems? Biological Bulletin 202:314-318.
  • 89. Rotjan, R.D., N.W. Calderone, and T.D. Seeley. 2002. How a honey bee colony mustered additional labor for the task of pollen foraging. Apidologie 33:367-373.
  • 88. Seeley, T.D. 2002. Drone comb: good for bees, but good for beekeepers? Bee Culture 130(May):23-25.
  • 87. Britton, N.F., S.C. Pratt, N.R. Franks, and T.D. Seeley. 2002. Deciding on a new home: how do honey-bees agree? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 269:1383-1388.
  • 86. Seeley, T.D. 2002. The effect of drone comb on a honey bee colony's production of honey. Apidologie 33:75-86.
  • 85. Seeley, T.D. and J.Tautz. 2001. Worker piping in honey bee swarms and its role in preparing for liftoff. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 187:667-676.
  • 84. Seeley, T.D. 2001. Nectar source selection by honey bees. In: Self-organization in biological systems, ed. S. Camazine, J.L.-Deneubourg, and N. Franks. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ Pages 188-215.
  • 83. Seeley, T.D. 2001. A feeling, and a fondness, for the bees. In: Model systems in behavioral ecology, ed. L.A. Dugatkin. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. Pages 27-40.
  • 82. Seeley, T.D., and S.C. Buhrman. 2001. Nest-site selection in honey bees: how well do swarms implement the "best-of-N" decision rule? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 49:416-427.
  • 81. Seeley, T.D. 2001. Decision making in superorganisms: how collective wisdom arises from the poorly informed masses. in: Bounded rationality: the adaptive toolbox, ed., G. Gigerenzer and R. Selten. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA Pages 249-261.
  • 80. Thom, C., T.D. Seeley, and J. Tautz. 2000. Dynamics of labor devoted to nectar foraging in a honey bee colony: number of foragers versus individual foraging activity. Apidologie. 31:737-738.
  • 79. Seeley, T.D., A.S. Mikheyev, and G.J. Pagano. 2000. Dancing bees tune both duration and rate of waggle-run production in relation to nectar-source profitability. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 186:229-231.
  • 78. Seeley, T.D. 2000. A tale of two dances. Honeybee Science 21:49-54.
  • 77. Starks, P.T., C.A. Blackie, and T.D. Seeley. 2000. Fever in honey bee colonies. Naturwissenschaften. 87:229-231.
  • 76. Seeley, T.D. 2000. Ants at Work: An engaging vacation from scientific reality. [Review of Ants at Work, by Deborah M. Gordon, The Free Press, 1999.] American Scientist 88:173-174.
  • 75. Weidenmuller, A., and T.D. Seeley. 1999. Imprecision in the waggle dances of honey bees for nearby food sources: error or adaptation? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 46:190-199.
  • 74. Seeley, T.D. 1999. Born to dance: choreography in a beehive. Natural History 108(June):54-57.
  • 73. Seeley, T.D. and S.C. Buhrman. 1999. Group decision making in swarms of honey bees. behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 45:19-31.
  • 72. Seeley, T.D. 1998. A tale of two bee dances. Bee Culture 126(March):21-23.
  • 71. Seeley, T.D. 1998. Making a buzz. [Review of Honeybees of Africa, by H.R. Hepburn and S.E. Radloff, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1998.] Nature 396:40.
  • 70. Sherman, P.W., T.D. Seeley, and H.K. Reeve. 1998. Parasites, pathogens and polyandry in honey bees. The American Naturalist 151:392-396.
  • 69. Seeley, T.D. 1998. Thoughts on information and integration in honey bee colonies. Apidologie 29:67-80.
  • 68. Seeley, T.D., A. Weidenmuller, and S. Kuhnholz. 1998. The shaking signal of the honey bee informs workers to prepare for greater activity. Ethology 104:10-26.
  • 67. Kuhnholz, S. and T.D. Seeley. 1998. The control of water collection in honey bee colonies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 41:407-422.
  • 66. Seeley, T.D. 1997. Honey bee colonies are group-level adaptive units. The American Naturalist 150 (Supplement):22-41.
  • 65. Seeley, T.D. 1997. Honigbienen: Im Mikrokosmos des Bienenstocks. Birkhauser Verlag, Basel. 368 pp. (German edition of the Wisdom of the Hive).
  • 64. Pratt, S.C., S. Kuhnholz, T.D. Seeley, and A. Weidenmuller. 1996. Worker piping associated with foraging in undisturbed queenright colonies of honey bees. Apidologie 27:13-20.
  • 63. Seeley, T.D., S. Kuhnholz, and A. Weidenmuller. 1996. The honey bee's tremble dance stimulates additional bees to function as nectar receivers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 39:419-427.
  • 62. Seeley, T.D. 1995. The Wisdom of the Hive. Harvard University Press. 302 pp.
  • 61. Dyer, F.C. and T.D. Seeley. 1994. Colony migration in the tropical honey bee Apis dorsata F. (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Insectes Sociaux 41:129-140.
  • 60. Seeley, T.D. and C.A. Tovey. 1994. Why search time to find a food-storer bee accurately indicates the relative rates of nectar collecting and nectar processing in honey bee colonies. Animal Behaviour 47:311-316.
  • 59. Seeley, T.D. 1994. Honey bee foragers as sensory units of their colonies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 34:51-62.
  • 58. Seeley, T.D. 1993. Foreword to the reissue of Karl von Frisch's book, The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees. Harvard University Press.
  • 57. Seeley, T.D. 1992. Spreading the truth. [Review of Killer Bees: The Africanized Honey Bee in the Americas, by Mark L. Winston, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1992]. Nature.
  • 56. Seeley, T.D. 1992. The tremble dance of the honey bee: message and meanings. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 31:375-383.
  • 55. Bartholdi, J.J., T.D. Seeley, C.A. Tovey, and J.H. Vande Vate. 1992. The pattern and effectiveness of forager allocation among lower patches in honey bee colonies. Journal of Theoretical Biology 160:23-40.
  • 54. Seeley, T.D. and W.F. Towne. 1992. Tactics of dance choice in honey bees: do foragers compare dances? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 30:59-69.
  • 53. Dyer, F.C. and T.D. Seeley. 1991. Distance dialects and foraging range in three Asian honey bee species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 28:227-234.
  • 52. Seeley, T.D. and S.A. Kolmes. 1991. Age polyethism for hive duties in honey bees -- illusion or reality? Ethology 87:284-297.
  • 51. Seeley, T.D. 1991. Bee warned. {Review of Anatomy of a Controversy: The Question of a "Language" Among Bees, by Adrian M. Wenner and Patrick H. Wells, Columbia University Press, New York, 1990.] Nature 349:114.
  • 50. Seeley, T.D., S. Camazine, and J. Sneyd. 1991. Collective decision-making in honey bees: how colonies choose among nectar sources. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 28:277-290.
  • 49. Dyer, F.C. and T.D. Seeley. 1991. Nesting behavior and the evolution of worker tempo in four honey bee species. Ecology 72:156-170.
  • 48. Seeley, T.D. 1989. The hone bee colony as a superorganism. American Scientist 77:546-553
  • 47. Visscher, P.K. and T.D. Seeley. 1989. Bee-lining as a research technique in ecological studies of honey bees. American Bee Journal 129(August):536-539.
  • 46. Dyer, F.C. and T.D. Seeley. 1989. On the evolution of the dance language. The American Naturalist 133:580-590.
  • 45. Seeley, T.D. 1989. Social foraging in honey bees: how nectar foragers assess their colony's nutritional status. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 24:181-199.
  • 44. Dyer, F.C. and T.D. Seeley. 1989. Orientation and foraging in honeybees. In: Insect flight, ed. G. Goldsworthy and C. Wheeler. Pages 204-230. CRC Uniscience, New York.
  • 43. Seeley, T.D. 1988. Honeybee society: a window on biological organization. Arts and Sciences Newsletter, Cornell University 9(Spring):5.
  • 42. Seeley, T.D. and P.K. Visscher. 1988. Assessing the benefits of cooperation in honey bee foraging: search costs, forage quality, and competitive ability. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 22:229-237.
  • 41. Sherman, P.W., T.D. Seeley, and H.K. Reeve. 1988. Parasites, pathogens, and polyandry in social Hymenoptera. The American Naturalist 131:602-610.
  • 40. Seeley, T.D. 1987. The effectiveness of information collection about food sources by honeybee colonies. Animal Behavior 35:1572-1575.
  • 39. Seeley, T.D. and R.A. Levien. 1987. A colony of mind: the beehive as thinking machine. The Sciences 27:38-43.
  • 38. Seeley, T.D. and R.A. Levien. 1987. Social foraging by honeybees: how a colony tracks rich sources of nectar. In: Neurobiology and Behavior of the Honeybee, ed. R. Menzel and Mercer. Pages 38-53. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.
  • 37. Dyer, F.C. and T.D. Seeley. 1987. Interspecific comparisons of endothermy in hone bees (Apis): deviations from the expected size-related patterns. Journal of Experimental Biology 127:1-26.
  • 36. Seeley, T.D. 1986. Social foraging by honeybees: how colonies allocate foragers among patches of flowers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 19:343-354.
  • 35. Seeley, T.D. 1986. Division of labour among worker honeybees. Ethology 71:249-251.
  • 34. Evers. C/A/ amd T/D/ See;eu/ 1986. Kin discrimination and aggression in honeybee colonies with laying workers. Animal Behavior 34:942-944.
  • 33. Visscher, P.K., R.A. Morse, and T.D. Seeley. 1985. Honey bees choosing a home prefer previously occupied cavities. Insectes Sociaux 32:217-220.
  • 32. Seeley, T.D. 1985. [Review of Defensive Mechanisms in Social Insects, ed. by Henry R. Hermann, Praeger Publishers, New York, 1984.] American Scientist.
  • 31. Seeley, T.D., J. Nowicke, M. Meselson, J. Guillemin, and P. Akratanakul. 1985. Yellow rain. Scientific American 253(Sept):127-137.
  • 30. Seeley, T.D. 1985. Honeybee ecology. Princeton University Press. 201 pp. (also translated and published in Japanese).
  • 29. Seeley, T.D. and P.K. Visscher. 1985. Survival of honey bees in cold climates: the critical timing of colony growth and reproduction. Ecological Entomology 10:81-88.
  • 28. Seeley, T.D. 1985. The information-center strategy of honeybee foraging. Fortschritte der Zoologie 31:75-90.
  • 27. Ashton, P.S., M. Meselson, J.P.P. Robinson, and T.D. Seeley. 1983. origin of yellow rain. Science 222:366-368.
  • 26. Seeley, T.D. 1983. Bee tree: natural home of the honey bee. Text for slide set no. 101 of Beekeeping Education Service, Cheshire, Connecticut.
  • 25. Baird, D.H. and T.D. Seeley. 1983. An equilibrium theory of queen production in honeybee colonies preparing to swarm. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 13:221-228.
  • 24. Seeley, T.D. 1983. [Review of Social Insects, Vol. 1-4, ed. by Henry R. Hermann, Academic Press, New York, 1982.] American Scientist.
  • 23. Seeley, T.D. 1983. Division of labor between scouts and recruits in honeybee foraging. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 12:253-259.
  • 22. Seeley, T.D. 1983. Ecology of temperate and tropical honeybee societies. American Scientist 71:264-272.
  • 21. Seeley, T.D. 1982. Adaptive significance of the age polyethism schedule in honeybee colonies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 11:287-293.
  • 20. Visscher, P.K. and T.D. Seeley. 1982. Foraging strategy of honeybee colonies in a temperate deciduous forest. Ecology 63:1790-1801.
  • 19. Seeley, T.D. 1982. Colony defense strategies of honeybees in Thailand. In: The biology of social insects, ed. M.D. Breed, C.D. Michener, and H.E. Evans. Pages 285-287.
  • 18. Seeley, T.D. 1982. How honeybees find a home. Scientific American 247 (Oct):158-168.
  • 17. Seeley, T.D. and R.A. Morse. 1982. Bait hives for honey bees. Cornell Cooperative Extension Publication, Information Bulletin No. 187. 6 pp.
  • 16. Seeley, T.D., R.H. Seeley, and P. Akratanakul. 1982. Colony defense strategies of the Honey bees in Thailand. Ecological Monographs 52:43-63.
  • 15. Seeley, T.D. and R.H. Seeley. 1981. A nest of the social wasp, Vespa affinis, in Thailand (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Psyche 87:299-304.
  • 14. Juska, A., T.D. Seeley, and H.H.W. Velthuis. 1981. How honeybee queen attendants become ordinary workers. Journal of Insect Physiology 27:515-519.
  • 13. Seeley, T.D. and R.D. Fell. 1981. Queen substance production in honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies preparing to swarm (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 54:192-196.
  • 12. Seeley, T.D. and B. Heinrich. 1981. Regulation of temperatures in the nests of social insects. In: Insect Thermoregulation, ed. B. Heinrich. Pages 160-234. Wiley Press, New York.
  • 11. Seeley, T.D., R.A. Morse, and P.K. Visscher. 1979. The natural history of the flight of honey bee swarms. Psyche 86:103-113.
  • 10. Seeley, T.D. Queen substance dispersal by messenger workers in honey bee colonies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 5:391-415.
  • 9. Morse, R.A. and T.D. Seeley. 1979. New observations on bait hives. Gleanings in Bee Culture 107(June):310-311, 327.
  • 8. Seeley, T.D. and R.A. Morse. 1978. Nest site selection by the honey bee. Insectes Sociaux 25:323-337.
  • 7. Seeley, T.D. and R.A. Morse. 1978. Dispersal behavior of honey bee swarms. Psyche 84:199-209.
  • 6. Morse, R.A. and T.D. Seeley. 1978. Bait hives. Gleanings in Bee Culture 106(May):218-220, 242.
  • 5. Seeley, T.D. 1978. Life history strategy of the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Oecologia 32:109-118.
  • 4. Fell, R.D., J.T. Ambrose, D.M. Burgett, D. DeJong, R.A. Morse, and T.D. Seeley. 1977. Seasonal cycle of swarming in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). Journal of Apicultural Research 16:170-173.
  • 3. Seeley, T.D. 1977. measurement of nest cavity volume by the honey bee (Apis mellifera). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2:201-227.
  • 2. Seeley, T.D. and R.A. Morse. 1976. The nest of the honey bee (Apis mellifera). Insectes Sociaux 23:495-512.
  • 1. Seeley, T.D. 1974. Atmospheric carbon dioxide regulation in honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies. Journal of Insect Physiology 20:2301-2305.
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