Doctor James Makinson

Doctor James Makinson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Stingless Bee Biology and Pollination Services,
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment



  • PhD University of Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment


Phone: (02) 4570 1160
Location: R2.G.35

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Journal Articles

  • Smith, M., Loope, K., Chuttong, B., Dobelmann, J., Makinson, J., Saga, T., Petersen, K. and Napp, N. (2023), 'Honey bees and social wasps reach convergent architectural solutions to nest-building problems', PLoS Biology, vol 21, no 7 .
  • Hahs, A., Fournier, B., Aronson, M., Nilon, C., Herrera-Montes, A., Salisbury, A., Threlfall, C., Rega-Brodsky, C., Lepczyk, C., La Sorte, F., MacGregor-Fors, I., MacIvor, J., Jung, K., Piana, M., Williams, N., Knapp, S., Vergnes, A., Acevedo, A., Gainsbury, A., Rainho, A., Hamer, A., Shwartz, A., Voigt, C., Lewanzik, D., Lowenstein, D., O?Brien, D., Tommasi, D., Pineda, E., Carpenter, E., Belskaya, E., Lovei, G., Makinson, J., Coleman, J., Sadler, J., Shroyer, J., Shapiro, J., Baldock, K., Ksiazek-Mikenas, K., Matteson, K., Barrett, K., Siles, L., Aguirre, L., Armesto, L., Zalewski, M., Herrera-Montes, M., Obrist, M., Tonietto, R., Gagne, S., Hinners, S., Latty, T., Surasinghe, T., Sattler, T., Magura, T., Ulrich, W., Elek, Z., Casta?eda-Oviedo, J., Torrado, R., Kotze, D. and Moretti, M. (2023), 'Urbanisation generates multiple trait syndromes for terrestrial animal taxa worldwide', Nature Communications, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Le Gros, K., Makinson, J. and Spooner-Hart, R. (2022), 'Hygienic behaviour in the Australian stingless bees Tetragonula carbonaria and T. hockingsi', Journal of Apicultural Research, vol 61, no 5 , pp 578 - 590.
  • Brebner, J., Makinson, J., Bates, O., Rossi, N., Lim, K., Dubois, T., Gomez-Moracho, T., Lihoreau, M., Chittka, L. and Woodgate, J. (2021), 'Bumble bees strategically use ground level linear features in navigation', Animal Behaviour, vol 179 , pp 147 - 160.
  • Williams, S., Aldabashi, N., Palego, C., Woodgate, J., Makinson, J. and Cross, P. (2021), 'Early prediction of bumblebee flight task using machine learning', Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, vol 184 .
  • Luo, D., Reid, C., Makinson, J., Beekman, M. and Latty, T. (2019), 'Route selection but not trail clearing are influenced by detour length in the Australian meat ants', Insectes Sociaux, vol 66, no 1 , pp 47 - 56.
  • Makinson, J., Woodgate, J., Reynolds, A., Capaldi, E., Perry, C. and Chittka, L. (2019), 'Harmonic radar tracking reveals random dispersal pattern of bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) queens after hibernation', Scientific Reports, vol 9 .
  • Latty, T., Holmes, M., Makinson, J. and Beekman, M. (2017), 'Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) use adaptable transportation networks to track changes in resource quality', Journal of Experimental Biology, vol 220, no 4 , pp 686 - 694.
  • Makinson, J., Threlfall, C. and Latty, T. (2017), 'Bee-friendly community gardens : impact of environmental variables on the richness and abundance of exotic and native bees', Urban Ecosystems, vol 20, no 2 , pp 463 - 476.
  • Woodgate, J., Makinson, J., Lim, K., Reynolds, A. and Chittka, L. (2017), 'Continuous radar tracking illustrates the development of multi-destination routes of bumblebees', Scientific Reports, vol 7 .
  • Makinson, J., Schaerf, T., Wagner, N., Oldroyd, B. and Beekman, M. (2017), 'Collective decision making in the red dwarf honeybee Apis florea : do the bees simply follow the flowers?', Insectes Sociaux, vol 64, no 4 , pp 557 - 566.
  • Woodgate, J., Makinson, J., Lim, K., Reynolds, A. and Chittka, L. (2016), 'Life-long radar tracking of bumblebees', PLoS One, vol 11, no 8 .
  • Makinson, J., Schaerf, T., Rattanawannee, A., Oldroyd, B. and Beekman, M. (2016), 'How does a swarm of the giant Asian honeybee Apis dorsata reach consensus? : a study of the individual behaviour of scout bees', Insectes Sociaux, vol 63, no 3 , pp 395 - 406.
  • Beekman, M., Makinson, J., Couvillon, M., Preece, K. and Schaerf, T. (2015), 'Honeybee linguistics : a comparative analysis of the waggle dance among species of Apis', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol 3 .
  • Makinson, J., Schaerf, T., Rattanawannee, A., Oldroyd, B. and Beekman, M. (2014), 'Consensus building in giant Asian honeybee, Apis dorsata, swarms on the move', Animal Behaviour, vol 93 , pp 191 - 199.
  • Makinson, J. and Beekman, M. (2014), 'Moving without a purpose : an experimental study of swarm guidance in the Western honey bee, Apis mellifera', Journal of Experimental Biology, vol 217, no 11 , pp 2020 - 2027.
  • Schaerf, T., Makinson, J., Myerscough, M. and Beekman, M. (2013), 'Do small swarms have an advantage when house hunting? : the effect of swarm size on nest-site selection by Apis mellifera', Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol 10, no 87 .
  • Makinson, J., Oldroyd, B., Schaerf, T., Wattanachaiyingcharoen, W. and Beekman, M. (2011), 'Moving home : nest-site selection in the Red Dwarf honeybee (Apis florea)', Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol 65, no 5 , pp 945 - 958.
  • Schaerf, T., Myerscough, M., Makinson, J. and Beekman, M. (2011), 'Inaccurate and unverified information in decision making : a model for the nest site selection process of Apis florea', Animal Behaviour, vol 82, no 5 , pp 995 - 1013.
  • Chapman, N., Makinson, J., Beekman, M. and Oldroyd, B. (2009), 'Honeybee, Apis mellifera, guards use adaptive acceptance thresholds to limit worker reproductive parasitism', Animal Behaviour, vol 78, no 5 , pp 1205 - 1211.

Current Projects

Title: Crop and varietal data to better understand the importance of pollination [via Plant and Food Research Australia Pty Ltd]
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: James Cook, Ben Moore, Markus Riegler, Sally Power and James Makinson
Years: 2021-07-06 - 2027-03-31
ID: P00028315

Previous Projects

Title: Decoding audio-visual honeybee hive signals for waggle dance detection and hive health monitoring
  • Eva Crane Trust
Western Researchers: James Makinson, Ying Xu, Saeed Afshar and James Cook
Years: 2021-02-01 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00026952

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