Dr. Alison McAfee, PhD, BSc

Contact Information

Chosen name and pronouns:

Alison McAfee (She/Her/Hers)


phone: 778-995-2151


Twitter/ ali_mcafee

Alternate Contact

Alex Walls

Media Relations Specialist

Tel: 604.822.4636

Cell: 778.984.6173

Email: alex.walls@ubc.ca


Honey bees, honey bees fertility, heatwaves, honey bee queens, honey bee drones, varroa, genetics, breeding,



In the Media

Canadian bee researchers fear climate change’s effects on wild bees – CBC News A reproductive mystery in honey bee decline – Science Friday Alison McAfee – CBC Radio – North by Northwest Male honeybees can’t handle heat, cold stress like females can – The Weather Network Insulated hives to protect bees from heatwaves – ICI Radio-Canada Male bees more sensitive to stress than females, study finds – ICI Radio-Canada Queen bee sperm storage holds clues to colony collapse – Scientific American Beekeepers brace for next round with Canada’s ‘murder hornets’ – The Guardian Bees could teach humans a thing or two about social distancing – Wired (UK) Why bees aren’t having sex in the heat – Euronews These wild animals also practice social distancing to avoid getting sick – National Geographic These animals already self-isolate to stay safe and healthy. What can we learn from them? – Euronews Scent of death: Honeybees use odors to clean out deceased brood – Scientific American Smell of death tells undertaker bees it’s time to remove corpses – New Scientist What a way to go: Bees EJACULATE to death during heatwaves as their sex parts explode from their bodies, scientists reveal – The Sun Hot Buzz: Heatwaves lead to unhappy endings for bees – Toronto Sun Bees ejaculate themselves to death if things get too hot – IFL Science Bees explosively EJACULATE to death during heatwaves, with a phallus the size of their abdomen bursting from their lifeless bodies, study finds – Daily Mail If heatwave hits 42°C bees may ejaculate themselves to death – Metro (UK) Research finds new possible cause of honeybee colony collapse – Global News