2013 Speakers

EAS speakers

Speakers EAS 2013

West Chester, Pa.

 aloyo Vincent Aloyo was introduced to beekeeping by Prof. Roger Morse and has kept bees in New York, Tennessee, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, as well as in The Netherlands, and has served as an apiary inspector in both Tennessee and Pennsylvania.  A Master Beekeeper, he currently teaches an undergraduate beekeeping course at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, and at Temple University in Ambler, PA, as well as continuing education beekeeping courses at both locations.  Vince is Vice President of the PA State Beekeepers Association and a life member of the Eastern Apicultural Society.
jejj berta Jeff Berta launched Always Summer Herbs in Slippery Rock, PA in 1997 providing high quality, unique and fantastically huge flowers and herbs to commercial garden centers.   Jeff expanded the business in 2002 with honey production and onto the web (www.alwayssummerherbs.com) retailing raw honey, herb plants, and teas nationwide. Honey and bee nuclei are the fastest growing segments of our business.   Mr. Berta has been awarded US Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research Experiment (SARE) grants three years in a row (2011, 2012, and 2013) for his work in the Queen Bee Improvement in Pennsylvania Project.  Jeff and a collection of bee keepers across the state bred survivor stock crossed with VSH genetics using chemical free IPM methods to develop more resilient bee stock.  Jeff regularly lectures at local clubs, societies, Home Shows and at the Phipps Conservatory and loves teaching others about growing herbs, brewing teas, and keeping happy, hardy honeybees.
browning Zac Browning is a 4th generation commercial beekeeper and honey producer. He is a co-owner of Browning Honey Co. Inc. With his brothers, he operates over 20,000 hives for honey production and pollination in Idaho, North Dakota, and California. He has served the beekeeping industry as Chairman of The Honey Voluntary Quality Assurance Committee, as Trustee for the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, and as a current board member of the National Honey Board, True Source Honey, and the National Pollinator Defense Fund.  He also serves on the EPA's Pesticide Program Dialogue committee pollinator work group and was recently the North American beekeeper representative at SETACs Pellston global pollinator toxicology workshop.  Zac actively contributes to pollinator research and habitat conservation work, which is his passion.  Zac is the Legislative Committee Co-Chairman and past president of the American Beekeeping Federation.
 byer Craig Byer of Huntington, Long Island has been fighting for environmental sustainability for years. Craig is a protester and educator on environmental issues such as GMOs, fracking and renewable energy. His most noteworthy contribution to environmental conservation is his five years of experience as a beekeeper.  Byer's relationship to beekeeping is ironic, as he came into the field from his family pest control business!  Byer incorporated efforts to save honey bees into the family business and Suburban Pest Management LLC has evolved into a fully-fledged honey bee operation with 40 hives.  In addition to lectures on the medicinal properties of raw honey and bee venom therapy, Byer transports observation hives to farmers' markets and educational facilities to raise awareness of the importance of honey bees.
Byer's  interest in apitherapy was an accident of sorts, as it took one sting for him to recognize the healing properties of bee venom. He is a strong believer in honey's health benefits. As a Board Member of the American Apitherapy Society, he is dedicated to the advancement of apitherapy and is working towards his goal of becoming a certified apitherapist.  In addition to his love for bees and environmental conservation, Byer loves spending time with his five year old "princess bee" daughter Sophia, his goofy St. Bernards, and anyone who respects nature.
 Dewey Caron Dr. Dewey M. Caron is a native of Bennington, VT and graduate of University of Vermont.  Following a PhD in Entomology at Cornell University with Dr Roger Morse, he was an instructor in the Entomology Department at Cornell, later moving to the University of Maryland and then to University of Delaware.  Currently Dewey is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ. of Delaware and Affiliate Professor, Dept. of Horticulture, Oregon State University.  Dr. Caron helped establish a MS program in Medical Entomology at Univ of Panama in 1982 and has returned numerous times to Panama, Central America, and most recently Bolivia, with grant funding for Sustainable Development.

He was on the committee to bring the Master Beekeeper program to the Eastern Apicultural Society and returns this year as advisor.  Dewey received the EAS Roger A. Morse Award for Teaching/Extension/Regulatory excellence with honey bees.
 coats Don Coats, DVM, has been a serious beekeeper for about 5 years.  As a practicing small animal veterinarian in Wilmington, DE, Dr. Coats translates his medical experience to hive management and disease assessment.  Focusing a lot on diagnostics, Don has become a serious student of the art and science of microscopy and uses these instruments extensively to provide insight and adventure.  He believes that the microscope provides a neglected opportunity for simple scientific inquiry into the world of the honey bee.  Even for the amateur, the insights and “scenery” observed at this level provide fascinating views, not to mention confident conclusions about conditions in the hive.
 Conlon Dan Conlon co-owns Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield, MA where he and Bonita work as full-time beekeepers to produce honey, beeswax, and provide pollination services. Warm Colors maintains 700 to 800 colonies, averaging 60-70 pounds of honey apiece, each year. A founding member of Northern States Queen Breeders Association, Dan’s queen yard produces 200- 300 Queens annually!  With his staff, he provides training and practical guidance to new and experienced beekeepers in their “hands on” workshops conducted throughout the summer. Warm Colors is now teaching young beekeepers how to build a successful honey business by forming a cooperative “earn while you learn” mentoring program.
Dan has been learning the art of beekeeping for more than forty-five years, starting with a few hives as a teenager.  As a supporter of agriculture, small farms and land conservation, Dan volunteers his time to numerous organizations such as the New England Farmers Union, Massachusetts Beekeepers’ Association President and the EAS.  He was accepted as a member of the Russian Queen Breeders Association in 2012 and has is a Life Member of EAS.
 mcorona Dr. Miguel Corona is a Research Insect Physiologist at the Bee Research Laboratory, ARS, USDA.  Miguel received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the National University of Mexico. Dr. Corona performed a first postdoctoral stay at the University of Illinois, Urbana, studying the molecular mechanisms of longevity and division of labor in honey bees, and a second postdoc at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, exploring similar subjects in ants. Dr. Corona joined the Bee Research Laboratory in March 2011.  His research program focuses on the effects of nutrition on the physiology and susceptibility to diseases in honey bees.
 Rob Currie Dr. R. W. (Rob) Currie is a Professor of Entomology at the University of Manitoba (Canada). His research interests include:
  • Regulation of reproduction in bees
  • Importance of floral odours as an attractant to honey bees
  • Control measures for the varroa mite, a parasite of honey bees
  • Fumigation treatments for the varroa mite in winter.
  • Regulation of queen replacement in honey bee colonies
  • Improving feed quality in honey bees
  • Regulation of oviposition in the varroa mite
  • Sound detection by varroa mites
  • Modelling honey bee population growth and honey production
  • Selection for varroa resistance in honey bee stock
 davis Billy Davis is an EAS Master Beekeeper, recipient of Virginia’s Langstroth Award for Excellence, and currently the EAS Director from Virginia.  He is now working to develop a regional Queen Project, Virginia based and sanctioned by the Loudoun Beekeepers Association and the Virginia Beekeepers Association.  Sixteen years ago Billy developed "Practical Beekeeping for Beginners", a formal nine week class, which now starts over 600 new beekeepers a year in northern Virginia.
 delaney Deb Delaney started her higher education as a Fine Art major.  She began drawing and painting insects which led her then to pursue a degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Fine Art and Entomology.  After graduating with a B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University, Deb then took two years away from school to work for the U.S. Forest Service on Beetle studies, all the while expanding her home apiary to about 70 colonies.  She interned with commercial queen breeders during the spring months to learn some of the industry techniques such as grafting, how to run mating nucs and make nucs for retail.  In her graduate studies at Oregon State University in Environmental Science, Deb researched the effects of Coumaphos on drone honey bee sperm production and viability.  She then went on for her doctorate in Entomology at Washington State University, looking at the genetic diversity of commercial honey bee populations in the United States.  Her work to date is an extension of that doctoral study, with an emphasis on unmanaged honey bee populations.   Deb is currently Professor Entomology & Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where she has four graduate students working on various aspects of pollinator health and productivity.
Vincent Dietemann entered the world of social insects through the ‘ant door’.  After a PhD on the mechanisms regulating reproduction between queen and workers, he left the ant mound to enter the hive and investigate the same fundamental question in African honeybees. During this postdoctoral study he also developed an interest in the parasites of the honeybee, which brought him to focus, since his arrival at the Swiss Bee Research Center, on the varroa mite. Since 2008 he is involved in fundamental as well as applied research on the host-parasite interaction between the mite and the bee and in extension work to assist beekeepers in dealing with this plague.
speakersIcon Dr. James L Frazier is Professor of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University where he teaches courses in Insect Natural History, Critical Thinking and Professional Development for graduate students.  Dr. Frazier has been doing research and teaching in Entomology for 43 years since receiving his PhD degree from Ohio State in 1970.  He has worked at Mississippi State University, DuPont Agricultural Products and at Penn State where he was head of the department for 10 years and has since been engaged in research on honey bees and sub-lethal impacts of pesticides together with Maryann Frazier and Dr. Chris Mullin.  Dr. Frazier will retire in June of 2014.
 frazier Maryann Frazier received her B. S. in Agriculture Education from Penn State University in 1980. In 1983 she completed a Masters of Agriculture in Entomology, specializing in apiculture. She has worked as the assistant state apiary inspector in Maryland and for two years as a beekeeping specialist in Sudan and later in Central America. For the past 22 years she has held the position of Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State and is responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and cooperatively across the Mid-Atlantic region.  She is working collaboratively with other members of PSU Department of Entomology to understand how pesticides are impacting honey bees and other pollinators. In addition she is working with a team of U.S. and Kenyan researchers to understand the impacts of newly introduced Varroa mites on East African honey bee subspecies and helping Kenyan beekeepers become more productive. She teaches courses in beekeeping, general entomology and teacher education and is involved with the Entomology Department's innovative public outreach program.
Warren Graham Jr. Is a third generation Pennsylvania beekeeper from Edgmont Township in Delaware County. In his youth he traveled the world, often meeting and working with beekeepers in exotic apiaries. As a member of EAS,
The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers, and the Chester County Beekeepers Association, Warren is a determined mentor of young Beekeepers. He has experience as a PA State Bee Inspector, past President of the CCBA and enthusiastic raconteur of early American bee craft. Apiculture faces many challenges in the 21st Century; Warren is determined to work towards smart solutions and gentle understandings

 Grozinger Christina Grozinger's research focuses on the genetic mechanisms that regulate social behavior, chemical communication and health in honey bees and other social insects. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, spanning behavioral ecology, chemical ecology, physiology, neurobiology, and genomics.   She received her BSc from McGill University in 1997, and her MSc and PhD from Harvard University in 1999 and 2001, where she was supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Predoctoral Fellowship. Grozinger was awarded a Beckman Institute Fellowship for her post-doctoral studies with Gene Robinson at the University of Illinois. Grozinger joined the faculty at NCSU as an Assistant Professor in 2004, joined the faculty at Penn State (PSU) as an Associate Professor in 2008, co-founded and was named the Director of the PSU Center for Pollinator Research in 2009, and was promoted to Professor rank in 2013. Grozinger has received numerous awards, including an NSF CAREER Award, PSU Harbaugh Faculty Scholars Award, and was elected the 2014 President of the North American Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects.  She has published over 45 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and three book chapters, and has given over 60 invited seminar/symposia lectures.  Grozinger has mentored 29 undergraduates, 11 graduate students, and 7 postdoctoral researchers, many of whom have received prestigious awards and fellowships. Finally, Grozinger has actively raised awareness of the issues facing pollinators: since 2010, she has co-organized two international conferences on pollinator health, short courses on queen rearing and RNAi, and outreach activities for the Center for Pollinator Research which reach >13,000 individuals annually.
 hopkins Don Hopkins became interested in bees at the age of 5, when beekeeper Dave Pruden was also the bread delivery driver in his hometown.  He didn’t get a hive until he was nine or ten, but he has kept bees almost continuously since then.  As a youth beekeeper in the Morris County (NJ) Beekeepers Association he was inspired by New Jersey State Apiarist Jack Matthenius.  Don later served as president of that same organization.  Don started working for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture in 1989 as a bee inspector.  In 1994, he became the State Apiarist.
Don has been president of Apiary Inspectors of America twice: in 2000 and 2010.  At EAS, Don is sometimes known as the Chief Bee Wrangler and has presented several workshops, primarily on bee diseases. His primary interest is honey bee health and biology, as well as the interactions between the bees and other organisms.  Don has been on many volunteer projects to educate and learn from beekeepers in other countries.  His trips to Bolivia have given him experience with Africanized Honey Bees and insight as to how the beekeepers there manage the bees.
CHarp Chris Harp is an organic beekeeper, “Bee Doctor”, beekeeping teacher and co-founder of HoneybeeLives. He has been tending is own hives in New Paltz, NY for twenty three years, expanding his naturalist and biodynamic approach to tend approximately 200 colonies in locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont, for both individuals and organizations. HoneybeeLives’ in-depth workshops for beekeepers, nurtures beginning beekeepers and encourages veteran beekeepers to adopt a naturalist approach. He was a consultant for the CNG (Certified-Naturally-Grown) Apiary Standards for their Certification Program.
 horn Tammy Horn was an English professor for ten years until, as 2006 NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies, she began to study the potential impact of surface mining on honey bees.  In 2007, she began writing grants and working with coal companies to create Coal Country Beeworks. In 2013, she is now working the third book of the *bee trilogy*:Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation(2005);?Beeconomy(2012); and Apiforestation, The Future of Beekeeping(forthcoming).
 hosler Jay Hosler is a biology professor at Juniata College as well as a cartoonist who makes comics about science and natural history.
Hosler uses quirky plots and humor to engage readers about science.  The Xeric Award-winning graphic novel Clan Apis is the biography of a honey bee and was selected for YALSA’s “2002 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.”  In his second graphic novel, The Sandwalk Adventures, Charles Darwin discusses his theory of natural selection with two follicle mites living in his left eyebrow.
A 2006 grant from the National Science Foundation made it possible for Dr. Hosler to develop a comic book textbook entitled Optical Allusions and test it in classrooms.  The results from this study were published in CBE-Life Science Education and indicate that comics are an effective way to teach content and engage students who might be otherwise be resistant to learning about science.  His latest book, Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth, is a 2011 Junior Library Guild selection, a nominee for YALSA's 2012 "Great Graphic Novels for Teens," and has been included in the Texas Library Association's “Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List.
 fKeller Frederique Keller,  DOM, L.Ac, is the current President of the American Apitherapy Society.  Frederique holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and is a Licensed Acupuncturist, as well as a Medical Herbalist in Long Island, NY.  She has also been a beekeeper for 20 years and uses bee venom therapy for a variety of disorders.  She incorporates the products of the hive in her treatment protocols.
Frederique has traveled extensively and has done post graduate studies in China and India in the fields of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Classical Homeopathy.
 Katie Lee Katie Lee runs the Midwest Honey Bee Tech-Transfer Team based out of the University of Minnesota and supported by the Bee Informed Partnership (beeinformed.org). She works with commercial migratory beekeepers in North Dakota and Minnesota to monitor pest and disease levels and develop best management practices. Katie started the California Tech-Transfer Team in 2010 by working with bee breeders in Northern California to sample for pests and diseases, and testing for hygienic behavior. She received both a BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and a MS in Entomology from the University of Minnesota. Her introduction to honey bees through a class on social insects with Dr. Marla Spivak. Katie worked for Marla's Bee Lab the following summer and has been enthralled with bees ever since. Her main interests are bee breeding, Varroa, disease ecology, and extension work
 Dr. Wyatt Mangum Wyatt A. Mangum (Ph.D.) is an internationally-known, top-bar hive beekeeper. His long career began at age 10; by the time he was in high school, he had 125 frame hives and was producing honey by the ton. In 1986, this life-long beekeeper had switched to top-bar hives long before most other beekeepers knew about them.

Dr. Mangum built up a 200 top-bar hive operation for pollination of cucumber fields in North Carolina.  He now designs “practical” beekeeping equipment based on his research with observation hives, to be the equipment works from the bees’ perspective.

Wyatt also specializes in the photography of bee behavior under difficult or delicate conditions, The most stunning pictures of rarely-observed honey bee activities may be found in his book Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping:  Wisdom and Pleasure Combined.

 mares Bill Mares is a former journalist, legislator and teacher, and author or co-author of 12 books including Bees Besieged.  He has kept bees in Vermont for almost forty years.  He has been president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and of the Eastern Apicultural Society.  In the last seven years, over 600 people have taken his basic beekeeping class.  Bill Is now co-chair of the EAS Education Committee.  Under the auspices of the non-profit Food 4 Farmers, Mares and Dewey Caron are building a web-based project to teach beekeeping to coffee farmers in Latin America.
Martin Marklin Martin Marklin was first introduced to beeswax candles at the age of eight while serving at the altar of his local parish in St. Louis, when he noticed the inlaid-wax decorations on the 5 foot Easter Candle.  A local parishioner of Polish descent carved grooves in the candle and filled them with colored, molten wax.  At her passing, Martin perfected his craft in his parents’ basement and, in 1985, began Marklin Candle Design, one of only seven liturgical candle manufacturers in the country.  Although born of humble roots, Marklin Candle transforms tens of thousands of pounds of beeswax annually for countless churches in all fifty states and half of the US Catholic Cathedrals.  Additionally, Marklin has fashioned one-of-a-kind candles for two Popes and the Prime-Minister of Ireland.  In his 50,000 square foot facility, Marklin pioneers innovative techniques in beeswax candle production that are not commercially used and dips some of the largest candles known (over 72” long and weighing 50 lbs each).

Buddy Marterre is a Past President of the Forsyth County Beekeepers Association (FCBA).  He is a Past Director, 2nd Vice President and Membership Secretary of the North Carolina Beekeepers Association (NCSBA), among other offices. 
He is the lead author and instigator of Certified Naturally Grown’s Natural Beekeeping Standards.  He has taught bee school to over 600 students in his county since developing the FCBA curriculum as the FCBA Bee School Chairman since 2004.  He is both an NCSBA Master Beekeeper and an EAS Master Beekeeper.  Buddy has kept bees since 2003, has had as many as 16 colonies and rears his own queens on a small scale.  He enjoys studying divinity, keeping turtles and chickens, woodworking, nature photography, biking, and practicing surgery and palliative medicine when he's not with his bees.
Dr. Elliud Muli is on the faculty of South Eastern University College (SEUCO) and the International Center of Insect Parisitology and Ecology in Kenya.  The honeybee is native to Africa and beekeeping has been practiced since time immemorial. Bees and their products are significant to many sectors of the population for income, health, and cultural value.
Dr. Muli has been involved in myriad beekeeping projects in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan & Ethiopia), Madagascar; North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt & Libya) and Near East (Yemen) and has presented papers in several national, regional and international conferences. His current research work is on ‘Pollinator Health in East Africa’ in collaboration with Penn State University (USA).  Dr. Muli is an integral part of the successful partnership to implement a program of solar wax melter /beeswax exchange between our two countries.
 Nino Bernardo Niño works as a Sr. Research Technologist in Dr. Christina Grozinger’s Lab at Penn State. He received his M.S. in Entomology from North Carolina State University (2009) and B.S. in Biology from Saint Edward’s University, Texas (2003).
Bernardo completed his Master’s thesis on understanding the population and genetic colony structure of the Eastern subterranean termite under the direction of Dr. Ed Vargo.  Four years ago he happily made the transition to another social insect and now keeps over 40 honey bee colonies buzzing to accommodate all the needs of the researchers in the lab. He has also developed a number of outreach and educational programs for diverse audiences and for the past 3 years he has been involved with organizing the Annual Queen Rearing Workshop at Penn State.
 E lNio Elina Lastro Niño received her PhD in Entomology from Penn State (2012) under Dr. Christina Grozinger. She has received her M.S. in Entomology from North Carolina State University (2006) and B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University (2003).
During her PhD Elina worked on behavioral, physiological, and molecular characterization of factors affecting honey bee queen post-mating changes and queen-worker interactions. Currently she is a USDA Postdoctoral fellow at Penn State where she is continuing her work on honey bee reproduction and is also employing sociological approaches to study socioeconomic factors influencing development of local bee breeding programs. In the seven years that she has worked with honey bees, Elina has used grafting to successfully produce hundreds of queens for her experiments.     

dohanlo Dan O'Hanlon has been a beekeeper & queen producer in West Virginia for 25 years. He is an officer in his local bee club and is the founder of the West Virginia Queen Producers., an organization dedicated to supporting local queen producers. Dan led the effort to pass the first bill in the nation granting beekeepers immunity from civil liability. Dan was recently selected as the 2011 Beekeeper of the Year by the WV Beekeepers Association.
Palmer Michael Palmer escaped suburban New York City by going off to university in Vermont, where he fell in love with the country, and his wife, and eventually the little bugs that we all hold so dear.  Over the following twenty odd years, he built the farm into an apiary of nearly a thousand colonies.  When the bees were hit mites Mike tried raising a few queens and wintering them in nucleus colonies to reduce the expense of replacement queens and packages.  The results changed his beekeeping forever.  Not only did his bees winter more successfully and store larger surplus honey crops, the fun level rose to new heights, far above the clouds.  Michael lives in St. Albans, Vermont with his wife Lesley, their Blue Tick hounds, and a new flock of Orpington chickens. When not helping his crew manage the honey production colonies, or spending countless hours in the queen rearing apiaries, Mike travels the country teaching sustainable beekeeping to anyone who will listen.
 pettis Dr. Jeff Pettis - As research leader of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD, Dr. Pettis leads a team effort to improve colony health by limiting the impact of pests and diseases on honey bee colonies.  His research areas include; integrated pest management (IPM) techniques to reduce the impacts of parasitic mites and disease, effects of pesticides and pathogens on queen health and longevity, host-parasite relationships and bee behavior. Dr. Pettis serves on several international committees concerning bee health and is frequently interviewed by the media for his opinions on worldwide pollinator declines. Dr. Pettis received an undergraduate and MS degree from the University of Georgia and his doctoral degree in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.
repasky Stephen Repasky is an EAS Master Beekeeper and a second generation beekeeper who grew up on a small farm in western Pennsylvania helping his father with his hives as a young child. Thirty years later, as an Urban beekeeper, he keeps 35 hives of his own in his back yard in Pittsburgh as well as in other areas around the city.  Stephen keeps busy by teaching beekeeping classes, mentoring new beekeepers, raising queens, collecting swarms and extracting feral honeybee colonies from structures. He is the President of Burgh Bees (Pittsburgh's Urban beekeeping organization), a member of the Eastern Apicultural Society, Beaver Valley Beekeepers Association, PA State Beekeepers Association, and has a B.Sc. degree in Wildlife Management from Penn State.
GraiRice Grai St. Clair Rice is an organic beekeeper, as well as writer/photographer/filmmaker. Grai is co-founder of HoneybeeLives with Chris Harp, and the founder of the Ulster County Beekeeping Association  Grai lectures on gardening for honeybees, writes about honeybees for magazines and newspapers, and co-teaches some of the HoneybeeLives beekeeping classes.
schreiber Adam Schreiber has been keeping bees for the past four years in Philadelphia. He served for one year as Secretary and two years as President of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild. With a background in teaching, Adam has taught and lectured at many beekeeping events including the Guild's Beginners Course, The Philadelphia Honey Festival and most recently at the American Beekeeping Federation's annual seminar in Hershey. Adam has been using natural cell size and treatment-free management techniques since he started keeping bees.
tseely Dr. Thomas D. Seeley is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, where he teaches courses in animal behavior and does research on the functional organization of honey bee colonies.  He grew up in Ithaca, New York and began keeping and studying bees while a high school student, when he brought home a swarm of bees in a wooden box.  He left home to study at Dartmouth College in 1970, but returned to Ithaca each summer to work for Dr. Roger A. Morse at the Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Studies at Cornell University, where he learned the craft of beekeeping and began probing the inner workings of the honey bee colony.  Thoroughly intrigued by the smooth functioning of bee colonies, he went on to graduate school at Harvard University where he studied under two ant men (Drs. Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson), began his research on bees in earnest, and earned his Ph.D. in 1978.  After teaching at Yale University for six years, he worked his way home to Ithaca/Cornell in 1986, where he has been ever since.  In recognition of his scientific work, he has received the Senior Scientist Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Perhaps his most enduring honor is to have had a species of bee named after him: Neocorynurella seeleyi!  His research focuses on the behavior, ecology, and social life of honey bees and has been summarized in three books:  Honeybee Ecology (1985, Princeton University Press), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995, Harvard University Press), and Honeybee Democracy (2010, Princeton University Press).
 bsnyder Brian Snyder has been executive director of Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) since 2001. He is originally from the state of Indiana where both of his grandfathers had been dairy farmers, and his family operated a purebred hog operation on a small farm. Brian holds two masters degrees from Harvard University (Theological Studies) and the Isenberg School of Management at UMass/Amherst (Business Administration).
In addition to writing and speaking in a number of venues on the subject of sustainable agriculture, he also serves on related boards, including the Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations (vice president). He also serves in an advisory capacity for the Pennsylvania Dairy Task Force and the School of Hospitality at the Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. In his "spare" time, Brian greatly enjoys managing a very large garden and a small flock of heritage breed sheep in Centre Hall, where his lives with his wife Paula and daughters Kerry and Kayla.
 Andrew G. Stepherson Andrew G. Stephenson is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and a plant population biologist at The Pennsylvania State University.  He earned his B.A. degree (cum laude, 1973) from Miami University and M.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1978) from The University of Michigan. His current research centers on three interrelated topics: plasticity in self-incompatibility systems and its implications for the evolution of plant mating systems, the effects of inbreeding on the male function of plants (pollen production, pollen germination, and pollen tube growth), and the interrelationships among inbreeding, herbivory, and pathogen transmission in plants. At Penn State he has won the highest award for research in the Life and Health Sciences (The Faculty Scholars Medal) and the highest award for Teaching (The George W. Atherton Award).
talkiewicz Bob Talkiewicz is a Cornell grad that happened to live in the closest house to the bee lab with zero interest in beekeeping.
Careers include sales rep in backpacking and ski industries, sales and management with Penguin the book publisher. Currently in real estate sales.
Competitive and award winning homebrewer for a number of years. I hold the rank of Certified in the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program). Judging homebrew contests exposed me to Mead and I thought it would be cool to make Mead from my own honey.
Early into beekeeping I created the Beekeepers Tool Belt with magnetic tool holder. I’ve been a vendor at EAS the last 3 years and became EAS Director for NY earlier this year.
Last year my Meads won 2 first places and 1 second place in EAS Honey Show.
 tallamy  Doug Tallamy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems at the University of Delaware where he has authored 78 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, and other courses for 31 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book “Bringing Nature Home; How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writer’s Association. Doug was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation in 2013
Dr. David Tarpy is an Associate Professor of Entomology and the Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University since 2003, after receiving a BS from Hobart College, an MS from Bucknell University (advisor: David Fletcher), a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis (advisor: Rob Page), and a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University (advisor: Tom Seeley).
As Extension Apiculturist, he maintains a web site dedicated to disseminating information about honey bees and their management, spearheads extension projects such as the Beekeeper Cost-sharing program that enabled hundreds of new beekeepers, and launched the online learning community, Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES).  His research interests focus on techniques – such as field manipulations, behavioral observation, instrumental insemination, and molecular genetics – to better improve the overall health of queens and their colonies. Specific research projects include understanding the effect of the polyandrous mating strategy on colony disease resistance, determining the underlying factors of Colony Collapse Disorder, and using molecular methods to determine the genetic structure within honey bee colonies.  Recently, his lab group has focused on the reproductive potential of commercially produced queens, testing their genetic diversity and mating success in an effort to improve queen quality.
 hthompson Helen Thompson leads the Environmental Risk Team, in the Food and Environmental Safety Programme at Food & Environmental Research Agency (Fera) in the UK.  The team comprises 50 scientists assessing and managing the risks posed to the environment from chemical pollutants and contaminants.  Helen gained her PhD in 1988 from Reading University, UK.  She joined Fera in 1988 as an environmental biochemist but has also trained in honeybee disease diagnosis and beekeeping with 4 years in the National Bee Unit at Fera.  Helen undertakes research for UK government and for industry on the impacts of pesticides on terrestrial wildlife including honeybees and has expertise in regulatory laboratory, semi-field and field studies. Recent projects on honeybees have included assessments of the impacts of synergism between fungicides and insecticides, the role of guttation as a route of exposure and the interpretation of honeybee brood studies.  She is also currently co-supervising a PhD student looking at the immune effects of pesticides on honeybees and bumble bees. Helen has over 75 peer reviewed publications in the area of terrestrial ecotoxicology and has been chair of the ICPBR Bees and Pesticides working group since 2011.
 vanEngelsdorp Dennis vanEngelsdorp started keeping bees after taking an undergraduate course in beekeeping at the University of Guelph, Canada.  Once ‘stung’, he pursued a master’s degree in apiculture.  He has since worked for the Canadian Government as a consultant to the Antigua Beekeepers Cooperative, in the West Indies.  He returned north to work at Cornell University as an extensionist where he helped develop their master beekeeping program.  He was then recruited as the Acting State Apiarist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through a contract with Penn State University.  This position ignited his interest in honey bee epidemiology, a research area which he incorporated into his PhD thesis “Morbidity and Mortality in the Bee Yard”, which he completed in May 2011. Dennis is now working at the University of Maryland as an Assistant Research Scientist where his efforts focus on directing the Bee Informed Partnership (beeinformed.org).
 Winston Mark L. Winston is that rare individual, a scientist who can speak eloquently to the public.  Recognized as the world’s leading expert on bees and pollination, Dr. Winston has had a distinguished career researching, teaching, writing and commenting on bees and agriculture, environmental issues and science policy. He currently directs Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue, teaches in the Banff Centre's Science Communication program, and consults widely on utilizing dialogue to develop leadership and communication skills, focus on strategic planning, inspire organizational change, and thoughtfully engage public audiences with controversial issues.   
Winston’s work has appeared in numerous books, commentary columns, and frequently on radio and television.


Dan Conlon co-owns Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield, MA where he and Bonita work as full-time beekeepers to produce honey, beeswax, and provide pollination services. Warm Colors maintains 700 to 800 colonies, averaging 60-70 pounds of honey apiece, each year. A founding member of Northern States Queen Breeders Association, Dan’s queen yard produces 200- 300 Queens annually!  With his staff, he provides training and practical guidance to new and experienced beekeepers in their “hands on” workshops conducted throughout the summer. Warm Colors is now teaching young beekeepers how to build a successful honey business by forming a cooperative “earn while you learn” mentoring program.
Dan has been learning the art of beekeeping for more than forty-five years, starting with a few hives as a teenager.  As a supporter of agriculture, small farms and land conservation, Dan volunteers his time to numerous organizations such as the New England Farmers Union, Massachusetts Beekeepers’ Association President and the EAS.  He was accepted as a member of the Russian Queen Breeders Association in 2012 and has is a Life Member of EAS.

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