James Dorey

Former BGC Member
Area of Interest: 
Phylogenetics, ecology, evolution, climate sciences, conservation, and biogeography

Originally from Byron Bay, Australia, James has since worked at the University of Queensland, Flinders University and the South Australian Museum before starting at Yale. James is a researcher and photographer who uses both skills to better communicate his research to academic and general audiences. His research has focussed primarily on the fields of phylogenetics, ecology, evolution, climate sciences, conservation, and biogeography. Most of James’ research has used native bees in Australia and Fiji to answer questions related to those fields. James combines his research and photographic expertise to image his study organisms, including them in research, media releases, and popular articles. At Yale James is studying the global macroecology and conservation of all bees.

Lab Specialty Group: 
Taxon Experts
Selected Publications: 

Dorey, J. B., Rebola, C. M., Davies, O. K., Prendergast, K. S., Parslow, B. A., Hogendoorn, K., Leijs, R., Hearn, L. R., Leitch, E. J., O’Reilly, R. L., Marsh, J., Woinarski, J. C. Z., & Caddy-Retalic, S. (2021). Continental risk assessment for understudied taxa post catastrophic wildfire indicates severe impacts on the Australian bee fauna. Global Change Biology. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15879

Dorey, J. B., Groom, S. V. C., Velasco-Castrillón, A., Stevens, M. I., Lee, M. S. Y., & Schwarz, M. P. (2021). Holocene population expansion of a tropical bee coincides with early human colonisation of Fiji rather than climate change. Molecular Ecology. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.16034

Dorey, J. B., Fagan-Jeffries, E. P., Stevens, M. I., & Schwarz, M. P. (2020). Morphometric comparisons and novel observations of diurnal and low-light-foraging bees. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 79, 117–144. doi:https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.79.57308

Dorey, J. B., Groom, S. V. C., Freedman, E. H., Matthews, C. S., Davies, O. K., Deans, E. J., Rebola, C., Stevens, M. I., Lee, M. S. Y., & Schwarz, M. P. (2020). Radiation of tropical island bees and the role of phylogenetic niche conservatism as an important driver of biodiversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287(1925), 20200045. doi:https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.0045

Dorey, J. B. (2018). Bees of Australia: A Photographic Exploration. Clayton, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Major Taxa: 
Major Study Region: 
Australia, the Pacific and Global
Where You're From: 
Photography, volleyball, hiking, board games