Global bee expert sheds light on new research from Australia
York University biologist and bee expert, Professor Amro Zayed, continues to produce and publish original research of global importance. This time, he has contributed a news and views article in Nature (November 2016) that puts into context the work of an Australian researcher who discovered how natural selection allows an invader bee population to overcome the genetic odds stacked against it. The study, led by Professor Rosalyn Gloag of the University of Sydney, New South Wales, examined the invasion of Asian honeybees over an eight-year time frame.
York researchers have played key roles in many of the most important discoveries of the past half-century. In many areas, the have become global leaders. This is the case with Amro Zayed. A home-grown success story, he earned his BSc (2000) and PhD (2006) from York; and he has contributed to internationally leading journals − including Nature, Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences − for many years. His research has greatly added to our global knowledge on bees.
Zayed’s leadership has been recognized many times: In 2007, he was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal for his doctoral research on bee conservation genetics. In 2010, he received the Ontario Government of Research and Innovation’s Early Researcher Award; and in 2014, he won the Faculty of Science’s Early Career Researcher Award.
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