Deep Talks: The Buzz in Bees

May 11, 2023 - May 11, 2023

Deep Talks: Bacteria rule the world—that’s a lesson Kayla Miller, an assistant professor of biology at Dakota Wesleyan University, learned early in her studies.

“Every organism in the world has a microbiome,” Miller said. “We don’t see them, we don’t think about them, but they are calling the shots.”
Miller studies the relationship between microbiomes and their hosts, which can be humans, plants, or animals. Her research focuses primarily on the gut microbiome of nature’s most charismatic pollinator, the honeybee, and how those microbes communicate with each other.

At “Deep Talks: The Buzz in Bees,” Miller will discuss how something as tiny as a honeybee gut microbiome could impact South Dakota’s entire ecosystem. Attendees will have the opportunity to view bacteria from a honeybee under a microscope.

The Deep Talks lecture series is sponsored by Crow Peak Brewing Company, RCS Construction, Northern Hills Federal Credit Union, Edward Jones, and Chuck and Jolene Lichtenwalner.

How to attend:
Deep Talks is held at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, 160 W. Main Street, in Lead, South Dakota. The event begins at 5 p.m. MT with a social hour that includes a Crow Peak Brewing Company beer tasting (must be 21 and older to drink) and light refreshments. The presentation will begin in the Visitor Center classroom at 6 p.m. MT.
Want to attend virtually? The presentation will be livestreamed on the SURF webpage ( starting at 6 p.m. MT.

Ticket Information

Ticket Information: Free to the public

Event Contact Information

Name: Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Phone: (605) 584-3110

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