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Bees By the Sea
EAS 2001
CAPE COD Massachusetts
August 6-10, 2001

Speaker Profiles

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Speakers are listed alphabetically by last name. The codes after each speaker's name indicates which section of the conference they will be speaking in. Speakers with "SC" will be presenting in the Short Course, "SYMP" indicates symposia presentations, and "WKSHP" indicates workshop presentations.

Photo: Diana SammataroDr. Diana Sammataro, PhD., (SC, SYMP) Research Associate, Penn State University.

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in landscape architecture and an MA in urban forestry. During this time, I persuaded the adult education department in Ann Arbor to let me teach beekeeping classes; the notes from those classes became the first edition of the book, the Beekeeper's Handbook, which was co-authored with Al Avitabile, of Bethlehem CT. I next was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching beekeeping in the Philippines where I modified part of the book to tropical conditions. On returning to the U.S., I spent a few years at the USDA Bee Lab in Madison, WI, then went on to work with the A.I. Root Co. as a Sales Manager for Bee Supplies. Early in the 1990's I returned to school, working with the Rothenbuhler Bee Lab at Ohio State (Columbus), and earning a Ph.D., studying the effects of oil on tracheal mites. Currently, I am a Research Associate at Penn State University, working with faculty in the Entomology Dept. developing an IPM strategy to manage varroa mite levels.


Dr. Blair Sampson, PhD., (SYMP)

I am a Research Entomologist for the USDA Small Fruit Station in Poplarville, MS. My work focuses on the development of pollination systems using honey bees and native bees (orchard bees, bumblebees, shaggy-fuzzyfoot bees) to increase fruit and vegetable yield and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program for southern fruit and vegetable producers. My research emphasizes biological and biorational control of target pest species so as to minimize the use of broad-spectrum pesticides harmful to beneficial insects. I advise Extension Specialists, County Agents, Growers and the Public on solving pest- and pollination-related problems in the home garden and on small farms.


Bryan Shanks, (WKSHP) Uxbridge, Ontario.

I am an EAS Life Member and have been keeping bees for 10 years. I run 25 hives, make my own hives and frames, all while gleaning beeswax for candlemaking and 2000 pounds of honey annually. I am currently a member of the Toronto Beekeeping Associaton and President of the Durham Region Beekeeping Association.


Robert Sheahan, (WKSHP) Glastonbury, CT.

I am a Senior Software Engineer at Prolink, a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism, and a Medieval Historian. I enjoy brewing and beekeeping (as done in the era of 1000 AD to 1500 AD), and have taught mead and skep making to many.


Dr. Hachiro Shimanuki, PhD., (SC, SYMP) USDA-Retired, Laurel, MD.

I have been associated with bee research for 34 years. The love affair with bees began when I accepted a graduate research assistantship with Dr. Walter Rothenbuhler. Although my major was Microbiology, a project on American foulbrood disease was the closest that I could get to my interest in biological control of insects. When I graduated from Iowa State University, I accepted a position with the United States Department of Agriculture in Laramie, WY. Then in 1966, I was transferred to the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, MD as Investigations Leader for bee diseases. In Beltsville I have participated in research on bee diseases, parasitic mites, bee nutrition, and Africanized honey bees. Additionally I have served on Scientific Advisory Panels for EPA, served on Technical Advisory committees for APHIS and functioned as the USDA honey bee contact to the IR-4 project and the FDA. I also served as guest faculty and consultant to State and foreign governments on bee related issues. For many years, I served on the Bee Pathology Commission of Apimondia, was the North American editor for Apidologie and most recently I am serving my second term as president of the International Bee Research Association. In September 2000, I decided to retire from government service and devote my time to sharing my bee knowledge, traveling and fishing with my favorite fishing partner, my wife, Susan.

Photo: Sue & Shim

Susan Shimanuki, (SC) Laurel, MD

I grew up around my Grandfather's bees but didn't have a hive of my own until I ordered a hive and bees from Sears. The Postmaster arrived with the live bees and helped me hive them. From time to time I would have a hive but I never seemed to keep them alive. My master gardener instructor put me in touch with Jerry Fischer, Maryland apiary inspector who told me about Honey Bee short courses. Jerry took me under his wing and I was finally able to keep bees and increase my hive numbers. I joined bee clubs and went to EAS meetings where I received valuable instruction and encouragement. I met my husband at a bee meeting where he was lecturing and with such a strong common interest, we eventually got married. Even though my rheumatoid arthritis has been a challenge I have adapted ways to continue beekeeping. I recently retired from City Government and enjoy lecturing on beekeeping for the handicapped, and utilizing products of the hive. Shim and I have discovered another common interest, fishing. Consequently we especially enjoy those bee meetings where we can also do some fishing.


Photo: Gus SkamaryczGus Skamarycz, (WKSHP) Tyngsboro, MA.

I am the owner of Pegus Apiaries where my focus is on both honey production and pollination. I enjoy teaching others how to make Paschal and hand-dipped candles. I am a former EAS Director. I am also an active member of numerous local beekeeping associations, where I have held numerous positions, and where I especially enjoy being a Bee School instructor.


Photo: John SkinnerDr. John Skinner, PhD., (SYMP) Associate Professor of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee

I am an extension entomologist and apiculture specialist located at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. My research responsibilities include studies in parasitic mite management and crop pollination ecology. I manage extension programs including disease diagnoses, training extension agents and beekeepers to manage honey bees and serve to inform and educate the public about beekeeping issues such as pollinating crops/gardens and alleviating concerns about interaction with stinging insects. I also manage the Tennessee Beemaster program (450+) and am currently building advanced levels for this program to stimulate interest, have fun and improve Tennessee beekeepers while I improve my knowledge from them. I encourage communication among beekeepers in local and state beekeeping associations in Tennessee and often speak to (and learn from) beekeepers in other state associations. I am active in the American Association of Professional Apiculturists.

My current research involves cooperative studies with Georgia and South Carolina to develop an integrated pest management system for honey bees in the southeastern United States that will reduce the use of pesticides by delaying the onset of mite thresholds. Other studies include comparing bee acceptance of plastic and wax frames/foundation and using honey bees in cages to pollinate dogwood cultivars selected for resistance to powdery mildew and dogwood anthractnose. In the latter study I induce bees to visit a "false nectary" fortified with queen pheromone. I am continuing studies with squash and pumpkin to achieve optimal pollination using alternative pollinators such as the squash bee (Peponapis pruinosa) and several species of bumble bee in addition to honey bees.

I can sometimes be seen hiking with boy scouts, running around campus or practicing with a new fly rod that I swear will see some action in the Smoky Mountains this season.


Photo: Mike StanghelliniDr. Mike Stanghellini, PhD., (SYMP)

I am a Research Associate in Entomology at North Carolina State University, where I teach an advanced beekeeping course and serve as the Associate Executive Secretary of the North Carolina State Beekeepers’ Association. I received my doctorate from NCSU under the guidance of Dr. John T. Ambrose. My research concentrated on evaluating commercial honey bee and bumblebee pollination of vine crops. Three of my more notable awards have been the 1998 EAS Outstanding Graduate Student Award, the 1998-99 Preparing the Professorate Teaching Associate for NCSU, and the 1999 John Henry Comstock Award of the Entomological Society of America, Southeastern Branch.


Robert Stevens, (WKSHP) Greenwich, NY - Betterbee, Inc.


Dr. James E. Tew, PhD., (SC, SYMP, WKSHP) Ohio State University. Wooster, OH.

I am an associate professor of Entomology at the Ohio State University at Wooster, Ohio where I have taught classes, provided extension services and conducted applied honey bee research since 1978. I write beekeeping articles for beekeeping journals, including a monthly series for Bee Culture. Currently I have an extension apiculture project with Auburn University in Alabama. I attended Auburn University for my Master's degree and the University of Maryland, under the direction of Dewey Caron, for my PhD. I have been a frequent attendee of EAS meetings and an instructor at several previous EAS short courses. I have been a beekeeper since 1974. The web site for the Ohio State University Honey Bee Laboratory at Wooster, Ohio is located at http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/beelab/


Rick Thibault, (SC) Maxant Industries, Ayer, MA.

Beekeeping has been a part of my life for the past 20 years, but I have been involved with the industry for the past 25 years. I started working for Bill Maxant in 1977 as a "tin knocker" (sheet metal worker). I had always been fascinated by honey bees, and, being a city boy, wanted to learn more about the craft. Bill saw this interest and took me under his wing, setting me up with my first hive in 1981. I have since maintained a few colonies at my home in Fitchburg, MA, and have expanded to an out-yard so as not to get the neighbors too nervous. My travels have brought me to most of the U.S. and eastern Canada where I've seen hundreds of honey houses -- no two alike! I've had the pleasure of working with many beekeepers, large and small, on problems from uncapping to bottling. The E.A.S. Conferences have been an invaluable tool to me in my beekeeping skills. For this, I must say Thank You!


Jack Thomas, (WKSHP) Hackensack, MN - Mann Lake Ltd.


Photo: Marlene ThomasMarlene Thomas, (SC) Kingston, TN.

I am 1999 past President of EAS when the conference was held in Tennessee. I have been a beekeeper since 1991 and maintain about 20 colonies with my husband, Glen. I use the products of the hives to make beeswax items and herbal honeys. I enjoy speaking to youth groups and community organizations throughout the year about the importance of beekeeping and I give many demonstrations/workshops about hive products. I was President of Tennessee's state beekeeping organization (1996-1999) and of my local association (1993-1995); currently I am happy to serve as the Editor of the state beekeeping newsletter, the Hive Tool, and Secretary/Treasurer of the local association. I am Tennessee's Director on the EAS Board. I market the products Glen and I produce through Glenmar Gardens.


Photo: Bill TroupBill Troup, (SC, SYMP) EAS Master Beekeeper, Williamsport, MD.

I am an EAS certified Master Beekeeper who has been keeping bees for 20 years in the western mountains of Maryland. I now maintain about 140 colonies that are used to pollinate apples and pumpkins. I produce both extracted and comb honey. I also produce many nucleus colonies in the spring and sell them to new and expanding beekeepers. I am a MD State Regional Apiary Inspector covering three counties in my area. I also teach beekeeping each spring at a local short course and teach a lot of one-on-one keeping bees in my inspection job. This will be my second year as EAS Short Course Bee Wrangler.


Dennis van Engelsdorp, (SC, SYMP) Extension Apiculture Associate Specialist, Cornell University.

I graduated from the University of Guelph in 1995 with a Master of Science. My thesis project evaluated 9 families of bees for honey bee tracheal mite resistance and other economically important traits. After graduating I took an exciting post with a Canadian NGO as a consultant with the Antigua Beekeepers Cooperative in the West Indies. In 1999 I was hired by Dr. Nick Calderone of Cornell University and charged with the development of the Cornell University Master Beekeeping Program. I am presently continuing in this challenging and rewarding position as an Extension Associate in Apiculture. I will be the EAS vice-president for the 2002 meeting at Cornell.


Dr. Gordon Wardell, PhD., (SYMP)

I began my apiculture adventure as a young man on my family's farm in Michigan where I helped manage the family bees and sold honey locally. After receiving my doctorate from Michigan State University, I accepted my first overseas apiculture development contract from the Indonesian Government to work in Sumatra, Indonesia. My wife and I designed and implemented Indonesia’s first comprehensive research and development center for beekeeping and the integration of bees into local agriculture. The project in Sumatra improved beekeeping skills with Apis cerana and assisted honey hunters in producing a better product while maintaining a sustainable harvest technique. Following the Sumatra project, my company based in Singapore worked in many areas of Southeast Asia and the Pacific promoting honey bees as a tool for sustainable rural development. Returning to the States in 1988, I accepted a faculty position at the University of Maryland as extension apiculturist. In 1996, I moved to Tucson, Arizona where I initially began working with the Africanized bees and is now collaborating with the USDA bee research center to develop alternative treatments for Varroa mites, American Foulbrood disease and Chalkbrood. I continue to consult internationally.


Robert Wellemeyer, (WKSHP) Castleton, VA


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