Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
SPEAKER: Orit PelegThis months meeting will be held at The Ranch fairgrounds complex in Loveland. Meeting starts at 6:00pm in the McKee 4-H building. Please, if you have any covid symptoms, please do not attend.
Topic: On the Physics of Honey Bee Swarms
This talk will focus on combining biological experiments, theory, and computation to understand how a collective of honey bees can integrate physical and behavioral cues to resist and respond to environmental fluctuations. This includes bees that rally to their queen via a chemical ‘game of telephone’, bees who detect local temperatures to ventilate their hive on hot days, and bees who collaborate to stabilize their reproductive swarm clusters.
Peleg is an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department and the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, an External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, and an Explorer at the National Geographic Society. Peleg draws from a multidisciplinary background; She holds a B.S. in physics and computer science and an M.S. in physics from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She then moved to Switzerland to get her PhD in materials science at ETH Zurich, and then to Boston for a Postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in first chemistry, and then applied mathematics.