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Bee-guy Mark Winston wins again

Having won the Canadian Science Writers Book of the Year Award for Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive, Winston now has Governor General's Non-Fiction Award.

October 28th, 2015

Mark Winston has become one of the world's leading spokesman for and about bees.

“Honeybees are hurting,” he says, “with one-third of all colonies dying annually across most of the world.”


In Bee Time (Harvard University Press),Winston gathers his observations and opinions about bees drawn from three decades of study, including his advice as to how humans should modify their behavior in relations with the natural world in general, and bees in particular. Winston, a longtime SFU professor who manages a website called The Hive, stresses how “honeybees represent a pinnacle of animal sociality.”

Coincidentally Mark Winston was recently profiled as one of British Columbia’s Most Influential Scientists by The Province newspaper in July, 2015. “Honeybees are hurting,” Winston wrote in The Scotsman in December of 2014, “with one-third of all colonies dying annually across most of the world. Beekeepers can barely maintain hive numbers in their apiaries, splitting their hives each year to make up for losses and then doing it again the next year, and the next… We can save the bees by reducing pesticide use and improving the habitats they forage in. By collaborating in their survival we might learn some valuable lessons about our own.”

Winston, Mark credit Belle Ancell

Mark Winston in Vancouver. Belle Ancell photo.

According to publicity materials, Winston explains how bees process information, structure work, and communicate, and examines how corporate boardrooms are using bee societies as a model to improve collaboration. He investigates how bees have altered our understanding of agricultural ecosystems and how urban planners are looking to bees in designing more nature-friendly cities.

At a time when bee populations are diminishing, particularly due to the widespread use of pesticides, Winston’s GG-winner is one of three new books from B.C. authors about books. The others are beekeeper Merrie-Ellen Wilcox’s What’s the Buzz: Keeping Bees in Flight (Orca 2015) and The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson. The latter young adult novel was featured on the cover of BC BookWorld’s Autumn 2015 issue.

Winston, Mark bees only imageAs an SFU biologist, Mark Winston drew upon his field work in South America to put the behaviour of ‘Africanized bees’ into perspective for Killer Bees: The Africanized Honey Bee in the Americas. His previous book, also from Harvard University Press, was The Biology of the Honey Bee. Winston also published Travels in the Genetically Modified Zone: Room for Respectful Conversation, about the face-off between natural food activists and the high-tech companies who grow tomatoes in research labs. Winston searches for the middle ground in the increasingly contentious debate about genetically modified foods.

Winston, Mark Centre for Dialogue SFU

Mark Winston at SFU Centre for Dialogue

Mark Winston was born in Brooklyn, New York and came to B.C. in 1980. He received the 2001 Academic of the Year Award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia. Dr. Mark L. Winston, FRSC, is currently Professor and Senior Fellow, Centre for Dialogue; Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre.

BOOKS:

The Biology of the Honey Bee (Harvard, 1987)
Killer Bees: The Africanized Honey Bee in the Americas (Harvard, 1992)
Nature Wars: People vs. Pests (Harvard, 1997)
From Where I Sit: Essays on Bees, Beekeeping and Science (Cornell, 1998)
Travels in the Genetically Modified Zone (Harvard, 2002)
Chemical Communication in Social Insects (Westview, 1998)
Bee Time (Harvard University Press 2014) $24.95 9780674368392

 

                                                                                   Mark Winston Articles

 New York Times, 15 July 2014, Our Bees, Ourselves”

Seattle Times, 10 November 2014,Pathways to Urban Nature

The Scotsman, 17 December 2014, Saving Bees Can Teach Us Lessons,”

Vancouver Sun, 4 March 2014, Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada

Vancouver Sun, 28 May 2015, John Muir Words Stand Tall in Today’s Assault on Environment” 

Media Interviews

 Farm to Table, 18 April 2014, What’s the Buzz?” 

CBC Almanac, 7 July 2014,  radio interview/phone-in

WILS, Lansing Michigan: 16 July 2014, radio interview

Vancouver Courier, 24 July 2014 Tree Spraying Worries Vancouver Beekeeper

Japan Times, 26 July 2014: As Species Die, What Valuable Knowledge Dies with Them? Stephen Hesse

Vancouver Courier, 30 July 2014, Bee Calm and Grow Community

CBC radio Victoria, 29 July 2014, morning show, bees and agriculture

National Public Radio, Minnesota, 29 July 2014, bees and agriculture

BC Business, 5 August 2014, Buzz Builds for Ban on Pesticides Linked to Bee Die-offs

Vancouver Sun, 27 September 2014, “Universities Answer Demand for Real-World Experience

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 27 September 2014, A Scientists Aim: Save the Bees

PBS News Hour, Science Wednesday, 1 October 2104, Why bees sting 

CBC International (Radio), 5 October 2014, Bee Time” 

CBC Radio, Victoria, All Points West, 8 October, “Bee Time

Lethbridge Herald, 18 October 2014, Bees Telling Us a Story” 

WPR National Public Radio (Wisconsin), 20 October 2014, Joy Cardin show, Bee Time” 

Chemical Institute of Canada, November/December 2014, What’s the Buzz?” 

Alberta Farmer, 7 January 2015, Neonics Are An Issue, and Also An Easy Target” 

Georgia Straight, 15 April 2015, Humans vs. Nature: The Sixth Extinction Hits B.C.”

Washington Post, 19 May 2015, How the White House Plans to Help the Humble Bee Maintain its Buzz” 

DailyXtra, 28 May 2015, Qmunity consultation on new centre hears inclusivity top priority” 

CQ Researcher, 5 June 2015, Pesticide Controversies” 

National Public Radio, Utah, 9 June 2015, “This Green Earth,” radio interview about bees and Canadian environmental issues

Asheville Citizen Times, 16 June 2015, Bee Expert Speaks n Asheville for Pollination Week” 

Mountain Express, 18 June 2015, “Author Mark Winston Draws Connections Between Humans and Bees”

UBC Sharing Science Radio, 24 June 2015, interview about bees and science

Province Newspaper, Vancouver BC, 28 June 2015,B.C.’s Unassuming Scientists Have Changed the World” 

Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, 2 August 2015, Video interview, as part of the inaugural events for the IAS Bee Arts Collaborative

Western Producer, Alberta, 27 August 2015, Consider Alternative Hive Design, Reduce Pesticides” 

Globe and Mail, Toronto, 22 September 2015, Feed the World, Save the Bees”

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