|Katrina Brudzynski is a Scientist and Founder of Bee-Biomedicals Inc. She holds Ph.D. in biochemistry with expertise in medicinal chemistry, microbiology and immunology.
Her research interest is aimed at Drug Discovery and Development using beehive substances as a source of new compounds with potential therapeutic applications in human diseases. From 2004 to 2011, she put an effort to develop the Honey Research Program at Brock University in capacity of an Adjunct Associate Professor. The major milestones in her research were the identification of bioactive compounds in Canadian honeys responsible for antibacterial and antioxidant activities. Dr. Brudzynski is a member of the International Honey Commission and World Network of Bee Product Sciences.
|Antibacterial and Antioxidant Activity of Canadian Honeys: Main Components and their Mode of Action|
|Daniel Borges is a graduate student at the University of Guelph. He is working toward a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Ernesto Guzman. Daniel completed a Bachelor's degree in Science at McMaster University, where he majored in Biology with a minor in English and Cultural Studies. He also received a Bachelor of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.
Daniel's research focuses on treatment of the honey bee fungal parasite Nosema ceranae using natural compounds and probiotics as alternatives to antibiotics and synthetic compounds. His hope is that the results of his research can potentially assist beekeepers in their struggle against declining honey bee numbers as a result of parasites, pathogens and other factors.
Daniel was a speaker and the recipient of the Student Award at the 2014 Eastern Apicultural Society meeting in Richmond, Kentucky. He has a passion for entomology and plans have his own bees.
|1. Nosema Disease – Biology and Control
2. Nosema Identification Lab Session
3. Fruits, Vegetables and Pro-bee-otics: Natural Treatments for Nosema Disease
|Carlos Castillo received his bachelors degree in Agriculture at Universidad Nacional Agraria– La Molina, Lima Peru in 1991,a masters degree in Biochemistry in 2000 and a PhD in Biotechnology in 2003 from Kobe University, Japan. He arrived to Vancouver in 2006 where he worked at Simon Fraser University performing research on honey bee pheromones. Carlos joined the National Bee Diagnostic Centre in 2012 as the Applied Scientist Manager and is directly involved in viral research on honey bees and leafcutter bees.||Canada's National Honey Bee Health Survey: First Year Results|
2. Helping Bees Prepare for Winter
3. Ask Dr Phil Q&A Session
4. Beekeeping in Bangladesh
|Robert Currie is a Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology, in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Currie obtained a B.Sc. in Zoology (1979), and an M.Sc.(1982) and Ph.D.(1986) in Entomology all at the University of Manitoba. After completing his Ph.D. his research focused on developing a system for the pollination of hybrid canola seed that is still in use today. In 1989, he moved to Simon Fraser University as a Post Doctoral Fellow, where he worked on the commercial development of queen mandibular pheromone for use as crop attractants and for colony management. In 1991, he began his appointment in the Dept. of Entomology at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches courses in beekeeping, pollination biology, insect pest management and general agriculture and has received numerous awards for his teaching. He has served in a number of leadership roles as President of the Entomological Society of Manitoba, President of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists and Chair of the Canadian Bee Research Fund and served on numerous committees within these organizations. He has served on many national committees to develop standards for industry, including the Pest Management Regulatory Agency's for development of pesticide endpoints for pollinators and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for bee biosecurity. Dr. Currie has over 33 years of experience in apicultural research and training of graduate students. His contributions have been recognized by the Alan Clemson Memorial Foundation Award/ for Excellence in Honey Bee Research, Australia: New South Wales Beekeepers Association and the Bee Hive Award, from the Manitoba Beekeepers Association. He was a leader of the Managed Pollinator working group for the NSERC-Canpolin network and a participant in the multidisciplinary Genome Canada Bee-IPM project. His current research focuses primarily on understanding the biology, physiology and behaviour of managed and native pollinators and the parasites, pathogens (especially viruses) and other stressors that affect their survival and in developing ways to effectively manage these problems.|| 1. Indoor Overwintering of Honey Bee Colonies
2. Varroa Mite Control
3. Impact and Control of Honey Bee Viruses – Current and Future Approaches
4. Marker Assisted Selection for Breeding Resistance to Varroa
|Cynthia Scott-Dupree is a Professor and Bayer CropScience Chair in Sustainable Pest Management (2014-2019) in the School of Environmental Sciences (formerly in the Dept. of Environmental Biology) at the University of Guelph and has been a faculty member there since 1986. She received her Master of Pest Management (1983) and her Ph.D. (1986) from the Dept. of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Dr. Mark Winston.
Her current research interests include sustainable management (IPM) of insect crop pests using environmentally compatible control methods in horticultural, field and greenhouse cropping systems, management of invasive alien insect species, and impact of agro-ecosystems on non-target organisms, including beneficial insects such as honey bees, bumble bees, native bees and natural enemies of insect pests (i.e., biological control agents primarily for greenhouse IPM). Cynthia has been involved with method development for studying the impact of pesticides in agroecosystems on bee pollinators in lab and field situations. Since the early 90's, she has been involved with the supervision of large-scale GLP and other fields studies in Ontario – looking at the impact of neonics on honey bees and bumble bees.
Dr. Scott-Dupree has supervised 28 graduate students, has edited 3 books, 3 book chapters, and published 64 refereed scientific papers, 37 refereed proceedings papers, 78 technical reports. 5 book Chapters and 30 extension publications.
Born and raised in western Canada (Brandon, Manitoba), Cynthia became acquainted with apiculture and agriculture through family beekeeping and farming operations. She is keenly aware of the importance of entomology/apiculture and agriculture to the Canada economy and endeavors to relay this to others through her research, teaching and outreach activities.
| 1. Pesticides and Basic Toxicology
2. Field Studies Examining Exposure & Effects of Neonics on Bee Health
|Les Eccles is the new Tech-Transfer Program Lead. Les started his agricultural career on a dairy and beef operation, managing a 125 head dairy and beef herd, which included crop management, nutrition, and a genetic program. Les's educational background includes both a Diploma in Agriculture from the Ontario Agricultural College and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.
Les developed his interest in beekeeping and research at the University of Guelph Apiculture Research Centre with Paul Kelly and Ernesto Guzman, and was instrumental in various research projects and presentations.
Les returned to Ontario after spending two years in Mexico; working with beekeepers and development organizations to transfer beekeeping technology into the field, and certify beekeeping operations for honey exportation to European markets.
|Technical Support for Queen Rearing, IPM and Various Courses|
|Fran Freeman is a member of the Urban Toronto Beekeepers Association and the OBA. She has been an urban beekeeper for ten years and currently cares for bees at the Humber Arboretum, at Guelph-Humber College and at Humber College Lakeshore campus, all in Toronto. While she has always used organic management practices, her notion of what constitutes sustainable beekeeping continues to evolve.
She studied Apiculture and Sustainable Urban Agriculture at the University of Guelph, Permaculture Design with Geoff Lawton, and has taken IPM and Queen Rearing workshops with the OBA TTP. She co-managed 30 urban hives with the Toronto Beekeepers Coop where she was the Education Chair for several years. Previous speaking engagements include the Guelph Organic Conference, McGill/UQAM's Urban Agriculture Summer School, the Green Living show and the Toronto Food Policy Council. She runs workshops on bees, hive products, and urban beekeeping as hive consciousness.
|Beekeeping in Cities with Tom Nolan|
|Hanan Gashout is a PhD student at the University of Guelph in Canada and scholar at the University of Tripoli in Libya. She received her Bachelor's degree in Agriculture in 1999 and taught laboratory sessions of entomology and insect physiology courses. In 2005 she received a scholarship from the Libyan Ministry of Higher Education and Research to pursue graduate studies in entomology in Canada. In 2008 she obtained her M.Sc. degree from the University of Guelph. During her master's research she tested plant essential oils to develop a more bee-friendly treatment against the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. In 2010 she received her second scholarship from the Libyan government to pursue PhD studies. Her research has focused on the effect of acaricides on honeybee behaviour, immunity and learning ability.||Effect of Miticides on Bee Health and Behavior|
|Pierre Giovenazzo is a native of Montréal, Québec, Pierre Giovenazzo, received a Bachelor degree in sciences and a MSc in animal physiology at Laval University (Québec city). In 2011 he completed his PhD in veterinary sciences at the University of Montréal (Varroa IPM strategies). He teaches biology/physiology at Université Laval since 1987 and is a research scientist in apiculture at the Centre de Recherche en Sciences Animales de Deschambault since 1997. His recent research focuses on: probiotics and honeybee nutrition, queen breeding and selection, colony population dynamics and the recent invasion of the small hive beetle in southern Québec.||1. Honey Bee Nutrition
2. Small Hive Beetle
3. Nosema Identification Lab Session
4. VSH Testing in Honey Bee Breeding
|Krispn Given - For the past nine years, Krispn Given has been working with Dr Greg Hunt as the Apicultural Research Technician at Purdue University. His responsibilities include, maintaining the 110 research colonies, running the Purdue honey bee breeding program, teaching an annual queen rearing short course, managing the honey bee laboratory and extension activities. Krispn also teaches an annual instrumental insemination class each year at the university. His breeding focus has been on selecting bees that chew mites and grooming behaviors.||
Instrumental Insemination of Queens – Demonstration
|Paul Goodwin is a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. His laboratory examines the physiology and molecular biology of plant pathogen interactions and honey bee pathogen interactions. His research emphasizes developing novel methods for disease assessment, understanding the mechanisms of innate immunity and using acquired resistance to control diseases.||Immune System of Honey Bees|
|Ernesto Guzman is a Professor and Director of the Honey Bee Research Centre in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada. He started to keep bees in 1978, got a DVM degree in 1982 and obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology from the University of California at Davis in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Dr Guzman has worked for several research and academic institutions in Mexico, USA and Canada. Dr. Guzman has taught courses in Apiculture and Genetics and has conducted multiple research projects. His research has focused on genetics, behavior, and parasites of honey bees. His studies have contributed to the understanding of foraging behavior, defensive behavior, and the mechanisms that confer resistance to honey bees against parasitic mites, which is a critical area that addresses the most serious problem beekeepers face worldwide. Dr. Guzman also developed selective breeding methodologies with which strains of bees have been bred for honey production and low defensive behavior. Ernesto Guzman is author and co-author of more than 300 publications, including scientific and trade journal articles, as well as books, book chapters and summaries in conference proceedings. Dr. Guzman has received numerous honors and awards.||1. Elemental Honey Bee Breeding
2. Aficanized Bees
3.Research at Honey Bee Research Centre, Guelph
|Zachary Huang is an associate professor in entomology at Michigan State University. Zachary got his Ph.D. at the University of Guelph in Canada. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at U of Missouri at Columbia, and at UIUC. He joined MSU in 1998 and was promoted to associate professor in 2004. At MSU, his main responsibilities include extension, research and teaching.
Zach has published 86 referred papers, with an H index of 30 (google scholar). He has published in journals such as PNAS, Genome Research, Genetics, American Naturalist, and J of Biological Chemistry. He was awarded the J.I. Hambleton Award for Outstanding Research by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America in 2008.
His cyberbee.net was mentioned in Science as the "best pick" in 2001 and this website still receives 3-4 million hits per year. He has given close to 500 presentations at scientific conferences and beekeepers meetings. He is also an avid photographer with 2 awards at MSU Global Focus International Photography Contest, and 2 awards at International Apiculture Photography Contest.
Zachary's recent research at MSU focused on the mite Varroa destructor and on the fungus Nosema ceranae. He has a patent for the Mitezapper, which provides a non chemical solution to the varroa mites.
| 1. Honey Bee Anatomy Lab
2. Division of Labor in Honey Bee Colonies
3. Honey Bee Pheromones
4. Sex Determination in Honey Bees
|Mollah Hamiduzzaman has been a Research Associate since 2008 and responsible for the Honey Bee Molecular Lab at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph. He obtained his BSc. in Agriculture and MSc. from the Bangladesh Agricultural University. He served as an Assistant Professor (1996-2000) in the Department of Plant Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University. He earned his Ph.D. degree (2005) as a Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. This was followed by a post doctoral fellowship at the Department of Botany, Stockholm University, Sweden (2006-2007). Hamid received the Beatty-Munro Memorial Award from the Ontario Agriculture College, University of Guelph in 2013. Currently, his research is focused on molecular honey bee pathology, bee immunity, diagnosis and bio-diversity of bee parasites and viruses, bio-control of honey bee parasites/diseases and IPM. He has published several articles on honey bee health in peer-review journals.||1. Honey Bee Viruses and their Association with Varroa
2. Responses of Bees Against Mites and Viruses
|Brock Harpur is currently a PhD Candidate at York University where he studies honey bee genomics with Dr. Amro Zayed. Brock comes to Ontario from British Columbia, where he did his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern British Columbia, working with Dr. Staffan Lindgren. He started beekeeping during his undergraduate degree and has been involved with many local beekeeping organizations. Brock has been awarded the prestigious Julie Payette Research Scholarship from the National Science and Engineering Research Council, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Entomological Society of Canada's President's Prize, and is currently an Elia Research Scholar with York University and Alexander Graham Bell CGS holder.||The use of Genomic Tools for Honey Bee Health|
|Tammy Horn spent several winters working at Big Island Queens in Hawaii and returning to Kentucky to be director of Coal Country Beeworks. She is now the KY State Apiarist and author of two books: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation (University Press of KY 2005) and Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Teach Us about Local Trade and Global Markets (University Press of KY 2012).|| 1. Spring Management
2. Finding & Replacing Queen Bees
3. Creating Forest-based Beekeeping Corridors
|Greg Hunt is a professor and University Faculty Scholar at Purdue University. He earned a B.S. degree in Biology in 1979 from John Carrol University in Ohio, and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from Penn State University. He worked for five years as research support staff at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he started keeping bees as a hobby. He then moved to the University of California-Davis for his Ph.D. in Entomology. His research interests focus on genetic influences on bee behavior, especially in regards to stinging behavior and resistance to Varroa mites. He published the first genetic map of the honey bee genome and many papers studying the genetics of honey bee behaviors that are important in agriculture. His current focus is collaborating with beekeepers to breed for resistance to Varroa mites. He helped to found the Heartland Apiculture Society, served as a trustee for the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, and as the president of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists.||1. Managing Honey Bee Defensive Behavior
2. Honey Bee Genetics
3. Breeding for Mite Biters, Raising and Sharing Queens
4. Breeding for Lower Defensive Behavior
|Paul Kelly, University of Guelph, Honey Bee Research Centre, Research and Apiary Manager (BSc.,University of Guelph)
Paul Kelly has managed the University of Guelph, Honey Bee Research Centre for the past twenty eight years. His primary role at the centre is to manage 300 honeybee colonies for research and teaching purposes. He provides training for students and beekeepers, conducts facility tours for the general public and generally won't stop talking about bees.
His beekeeping career started with a grade six science project and led him to work with bees in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and New Zealand. His beekeeping interests include Buckfast bee breeding, queen rearing, self sufficient hive management, indoor overwintering, beekeeping equipment and education innovations. Paul has 100 of his own colonies that he manages for nucleus sales and honey production. He produces and sells Bee Belts™ – the tool belt for beekeepers.
|Melanie Kempers, BSc. (Research Technician) grew up on a dairy farm in Prince Edward County and it was her love of animals and the outdoors that led her to the University of Guelph in 2002 to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science. In 2006, with very little knowledge about beekeeping, Melanie was hired by the OBA Tech-Transfer Program as a summer intern. Even after many stings, she stayed on to work full time with the team and has been expanding her understanding of bees ever since.||Technical Support for Queen Rearing, IPM and Various Courses|
|Paul Kozak is the Provincial Apiarist for Ontario, based in Guelph, Ontario with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Paul holds a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Entomology, both the University of Manitoba. For graduate work, Paul worked under the guidance of Dr. Rob Currie researching the winter biology of honey bees and varroa mites and various management strategies for varroa in enclosed systems, including formic acid fumigation in indoor wintering buildings. Paul worked as a research associate for the University of Manitoba, studying the use of oxalic fumigation for the management of varroa in packages and as a bee inspector for the province of Manitoba. More recently, Paul worked as the Associate Extension Apiculturist through the Dyce Lab for honey bee studies, Cornell University and New York State Integrated Pest Management providing extension to beekeepers and conducting applied research.||1. Apiculture in Ontario
2. Biosecurity in the Bee Yard
|Peter Kevan is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph. His specialty has been pollination biology from both botanical and zoological aspects. He has extensive experience with pollination with managed pollinators in agroecosystems from Canada to the tropics in major plantation cropping systems.
His research interests extend from basic ecology to practical matters of pollination of crops, including field crops, fruit bearing shrubs and orchard trees. The value of those crops to beekeeping has been also part of his considerations, along with the importance of pollinators for seed and fruit production in crop improvement, propagation and horticulture.
He has also been one of the pioneers in developing technology for the use of managed pollinators, both honeybees and bumblebees, as vectors of biological control agents for the control of crop pests and diseases.
Peter has published over 250 scientific papers, about 50 book chapters and four books during his career of about 45 years since getting his Ph. D in 1970 from the University of Alberta. He was Scientific Director of the Canadian Pollination Initiative (NSERC-CANPOLIN), a national strategic network funded at $5 million for 5 years. CANPOLIN ended late last year and united about 45 scientists in some 29 institutions. He is President of the International Commission for Plant Pollinator Relations, serves on UNEP's Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and on the Executive Committee of the International Union of Biological Sciences. He holds a Gold Medal from the Entomological Society of Canada, Alumnus merit award from U of Alberta, and is a Fellow of the Society of Biology, the Royal Entomological Society of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
| 1. The Canadian Pollination Initiative has Helped Apiculture Nationally and Internationally
2. Using Managed Pollinators for Biological Crop Protection and Enhanced Production
|Christian Krupke is a Professor of Entomology at Purdue University, with a primary responsibility in field crops research and extension. Dr. Krupke received his B.S. from the University of Guelph, his M.S from Simon Fraser University and his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 2004. His research program at Purdue focuses on the sustainable management of key pests of field crops, primarily corn and soybeans. His research focus areas include quantifying the costs and benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments and assessing the impacts of various Bt corn/refuge configurations on the biology of target pests, specifically corn rootworms.|
|Katie Lee is a PhD student under Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota, and works for the Bee Informed Partnership ( beeinformed.org ) as the lead for the Midwest Tech-Transfer Team. The Team works with commercial migratory beekeepers in North Dakota and Minnesota to monitor pests and diseases, test breeding stock, and develop best management practices. In 2010, Katie started the Northern California Tech-Transfer Team to work with the queen breeders there. Katie was introduced to honey bees through a class on social insects with Dr. Spivak, which turned into a summer job and then a MS degree developing a sampling plan for Varroa. Her main interests are bee breeding, Varroa, disease ecology, and extension work.||Technical Support for Queen Rearing, IPM and Various Courses|
|David MacKay has extensive experience in trace chemical analysis at the University of Guelph's Laboratory Services Division where he is involved in developing new methods for food and environmental testing. He specializes in applying liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry to new pesticides and creating trusted and efficient chemical testing services for government, industry and the public. His current research includes field research on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honeybees and honeybee parasites.||Clothianidin in Corn and Potential Impact on Honey Bee Survival, Foraging Behavior, and Honey Production|
|Georges Martin is a biologist with a master's degree, currently working as a project manager at the Deschambault Animal Science Research Centre in Quebec. He has worked with honey bees for eleven years and for nine years in honey bee research (mainly IPM, pollination, nutrition, stock evaluation and queen breeding). He has also done queen rearing in Mexico and Chile.||Technical Support for Queen Rearing, IPM and Various Courses|
|Doug McRory graduated from University of Guelph in Apiculture and Entomolgy in 1968. He was Provincial Apiarist of Manitoba from 1967 until 1971. Doug and his young family moved to Benito Manitoba to operate "McRory Apiaries". While there Doug and Norma made many trips to California to pick up package bees. Doug developed 4200 colonies which were mainly used for honey production. The honey was sold to Eastern Canada, Holland and United States. In 1983 the McRory family moved back to Ontario and Doug was Provincial Apiarist of Ontario from 1985 until 2009. Doug has been retired from OMAFRA for six years and has developed small commercial bee business with 235 hives of bees in 18 bee yards, that he mainly sells nucs from to other beekeepers. Doug and Norma enjoy traveling and Doug speaks several times per year to various groups. He received the Roger A. Morse Award by the Eastern Apicultural Society in 2012.||Double Nuc Method of Overwintering|
|Rebecca Masterman is the Associate Program Director of the UMN Bee Squad. She graduated from the UMN Twin Cities with a BA and continued on to obtain a Ph.D. degree in Entomology studying the neuroethology of honey bee hygienic behavior under the direction of Dr. Marla Spivak. Rebecca leads a talented Bee Squad team that manages over 150 honey bee colonies in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota.|| 1. The Varroa Project: A Citizen Science Program for Hobby Beekeepers
2. Bee Squad: Helping People Help Bees
|Franco Mutinelli, at Isituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie(Public health body), Italy, has a degree in veterinary medicine from Bologna University, Italy, and holds the Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists, and the Executive Master for management of health authorities from Bocconi University, Milan. Since 1989, he has been Veterinary Manager, IZS delle Venezie, Legnaro (Padova), Italy. He is Head of Experimental Veterinary Sciences Division, Head of Diagnostic Services Histopathology and Parasitology Department, and since 2003 Head of the National Reference Laboratory for beekeeping. His main field of activity is the diagnosis and control of honey bee diseases, environment monitoring, legislation, and education and training in apiculture; histopathology of animal diseases, neoplastic pathology and TSEs; rabies diagnosis, surveillance and control; laboratory animal husbandry and welfare, and legislation. He participates in projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, and international projects related to honey bee and other animal diseases.|
|Karol Mathews graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 1980, obtained the Doctor of Veterinary Science degree in Small Animal Surgery 1986, and Board Certification in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (Diplomate ACVECC) in 1993. Dr. Mathews was Service Chief Emergency & Critical Care Medicine, OVC 1989-2009 and President of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care society 2002-2004. She is a recipient of the 1999 CVMA Small Animal Practitioner of the Year Award, the 2002 ACVECC Scientific Achievement Award, the 2002-2004 University of Guelph Presidential Distinguished Professor Award, and the 2009 Ira M Zaslow VECCS Award for Distinguished Service
Dr. Mathews is a national and international speaker at scientific conferences, is author and co-author of many scientific journal publications and chapters (which include the medicinal use of honey) in several veterinary textbooks. She is Editor of the 1st & 2nd Ed. Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Manual and Guest Editor Veterinary Clinics of North America, Small Animal Practice, July 2000 and November 2008
Currently, she is an active University of Guelph Professor Emerita, and Chair of the WSAVA Global Pain Council - Guidelines.
| 1. Antimicrobial Properties of Honey
2. Honey Treatment for Wounds: Why it is the Best
|Heather Mattila completed her Ph.D. in 2005 at the University of Guelph (Canada), where her research focused on the effects of nutritional stress on colony health and productivity. She subsequently completed a 4-year postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University (USA), where her research shifted to an examination of the mating behavior of honey bees queens and its impact on the colonies that they produce. In 2009, Heather began an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College (USA) and was awarded a Knafel Endowed Chair in the Natural Sciences. Her current research focuses on mechanisms of social communication and organization, including honey bee behavior and the chemical ecology of colonies. Her research program is supported by a dedicated Wellesley students in her research lab, by collaborations with colleagues from universities across North America, and by 40+ colonies of honey bees on the College campus.|| 1. The Legacy of Early Nutritional Stress for Honey Bee Foragers
2. The Influence of Genetic Diversity on Foraging Productivity
|Andony Melathopoulos is in the final semester of his Interdisciplinary PhD at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Using lowbush blueberry pollination in Atlantic Canada as a model, Andony's research focuses on the broader question of how the activity of insect pollinators figures into agricultural production on a global scale. His graduate work has been featured at international forums such as the International Conference on Global Food Security and Ecosummit and published in journals such as the Annals of Applied Biology and Ecological Economics. Most recently he co-authored a book with the U.S. Sociologist Alex Stoner on environmental politics in the twentieth century. Formerly he was the chief technician at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada apiculture research station in Beaverlodge, Alberta, where he worked under Stephen Pernal on projects related to bee breeding and the management of American foulbrood, Nosema and varroa mites. He completed his Masters research at Simon Fraser University under Mark Winston on alternative pesticides for the control of parasitic mites and brood diseases. Andony has also run a small nuc producing business in Alberta, operating up to 70 colonies out the back of his station wagon. He helped establish Dalhousie University's Modern Beekeeper Short Course, which is now in its third year, and put together courses designed to help blueberry and apple growers increase bee habitat around their farms. He has spoken to beekeepers from the depths of downtown Chicago, to the heart of Kentucky, to furthest reaches of Northern Alberta and Vancouver. He has authored over thirty articles for beekeeping magazines in Canada, the US and Europe.|
|David Mendes||A Year in the Life of Headwaters Farm|
|Rod Merrill obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge in Organic Chemistry and then pursued graduate work at the University of Ottawa/National Research Council with Professor Arthur G. Szabo. He developed a keen interest in the application of optical/laser spectroscopy to study protein structure and function. He subsequently tendered an NSERC PDF award to conduct Postdoctoral research work at Purdue University (Indiana) where he furthered his training in Biophysics in protein crystallography and membrane biochemistry. Dr Merrill joined the Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Guelph in 1990 and the Dept of Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2004. The philosophy of his research program is to use biophysical and biochemical techniques to study the structure and dynamic properties of both membrane and soluble proteins. The systems that have been chosen for study involve bacterial diseases and the approach is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms whereby virulence factors facilitate the disease process.||Virulence Factors Paenibacillus Larve, the Cause of American Foulbrood|
|Nuria Morfin, has been working with honey bees since 2006 both as a beekeeper and in research. She did her Master's Degree at the National University of Mexico with Africanized bees and also worked with native bees, Scaptotrigona mexicana. Currently, Nuria is a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph, studying the interaction of neonicotinoid insecticides, viral infections and Varroa destructor infestations on honey bee health in controlled laboratory conditions.||Effects of Neonicotinoids and Varroa mite on Honey Bee Health|
|Medhat Nasr is the Alberta Provincial Apiculturist in the Crop Research and Extension Division, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His responsibilities include regulatory, research, and extension. His research program is focused on honey bee health management including breeding, pest surveillance, biosecurity and integrated pest management. He earned his doctoral degree at University of California, Davis, California, University of Guelph, Lead of Ontario Beekeepers –Tech Transfer Program, and Assistant Extension Professor at Rutgers University, NJ, USA.||1. Oxalic Acid: A Miticide for Varroa Control
2. A Reduced Risk: Integrated Pest Management Program for Honey Bees: Basics and in Practice
3. Improving Bee Management: Pest Surveillance and Biosecurity
|Gavin North is Head Drone at Honey Pie Hives & Herbals, an apiary, meadery and herb farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario.He is a Master Beekeeper certified by the BC Ministry of Agriculture and has been keeping bees since 2000. In addition to his duties as beekeeper and mazer (mead maker), Gavin teaches an annual introduction to beekeeping workshop series at Honey Pie Farm and is a local advocate for pollinator health and farmers’ rights.In 2014 Honey Pie Hives & Herbals became one of only a few licensed meaderies in Ontario, creating traditional mead, metheglins and melomels.|
|Gard Otis is a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph. While attending Duke University (Zoology, BSc, 1973), he "discovered" entomology and has dedicated his career to teaching and research about insects. He studies the ecology, behaviour, and evolution of insects, with an emphasis on honey bees, their pests, and butterflies. In graduate school (University of Kansas, PhD, 1980) he studied rain forest butterflies and Africanized honey bees in Central and South America. He is most proud of his thesis research on the swarming behaviour of honeybees; the breeding project he oversaw that greatly reduced the impact of the honeybee tracheal mite on bees in Ontario; and the rediscovery of the honey bee species, Apis nigrocincta, in Indonesia. He also has a strong interest in beekeeping development in Asia. In 2014, his efforts to improve the lives of rural Vietnamese farmers through beekeeping were recognized through an award from the Government of Vietnam.|| 1. Swarming Cycle of Apis mellifera
2. Interpreting Colony Conditions to Diagnose Swarming, Supersedure and Emergency Queen Rearing
3. Beekeeping Development Projects: Why Some Succeed and Too Many Fail
4. Amazing Beekeeping Discoveries at Tel Rehov, Israel: Innovative Use of Morphometric Analysis
|Robert E. Page, Jr. is Provost of the Arizona State University (ASU) and Foundation Chair of Life Sciences. He was the Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Founding Director of the School of Life Sciences. He joined ASU in 2004 after spending 15 years on the faculty of the University of California Davis where he served as Chair of Entomology. His background is in behavior and population genetics and the focus of his current research is on the evolution of complex social behavior. Using the honey bee as a model, Dr. Page has dissected their complex foraging division of labor at all levels of biological organization from gene networks to complex social interactions. Dr. Page has published more than 230 research papers and articles, 5 books, and is listed as a "highly-cited author" by the ISI Web of Knowledge, representing the top 1/2 of 1 percent of publishing scientists. He received the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (the Humboldt Prize) in 1995, the highest honor given by the German government to foreign scientists. In 2010 he was elected to the Leopoldina - the German National Academy of Science, the longest continuing academy in the world. Dr. Page is also an Elected Foreign Member of the Brazilian Academy of Science (1999), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1991), Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2009-2010).||
The Spirit of the Hive: Mechanisms of Social Evolution
|Graham Parsons began beekeeping at an early age as the son of a commercial beekeeper. Following high school graduation he spent 7 months on the north island of New Zealand working for a commercial beekeeper there. He then decided to upgrade his education, first with a diploma from SIAST, then a degree from the University of Saskatchewan. This landed him a job as an environmental consultant working in wildlife, vegetation and environmental surveys. He then transitioned back to honey bee work in 2011 to lead the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association Technology Adaptation Team. The Team focuses on applied research and extension for beekeepers. Much of their past and current work includes Varroa control and testing of control products as well as queen quality and replacement, stock replacement, overwintering, and generally improving beekeeping practices.|
|Stephen F. Pernal received his B.Sc.(Spec.) in Zoology from Brandon University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Manitoba. His doctoral work concentrated on honey bee nutrition and the influence of pollen quality on foraging strategies in honey bees. His thesis work was awarded the University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Award in Natural Sciences and Engineering. From 1998 to 2001, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Mark Winston at Simon Fraser University where he worked on isolating naturally produced compounds from larval and adult honey bees, which serve as attractants and repellents for Varroa destructor. Since 2001 he has been employed by the Canadian Federal Government as a Research Scientist with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in Beaverlodge, Alberta where he leads AAFC's honey bee research program. His work has included the detection, control and mitigation of residues associated with oxytetracycline-resistant American foulbrood disease and food-grade therapies for chalkbrood disease. He was also involved in devising therapies and management strategies for the control of Nosema ceranae as well as co-leading a Genome Canada project evaluating markers for resistance to bee diseases and Varroa destructor. He is serves as Officer-in-Charge of Beaverlodge Research Farm, formerly served as President of the CAPA and is a contributing member of national and international committees related to the honey bee industry and apicultural research. Dr. Pernal is currently a member of COLOSS, an international network of researchers from over 60 countries working towards the prevention of honey bee colony losses.
In February 2013, Dr. Pernal was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the public service and his long-standing work with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.
In 2014, he embarked on two new national-scale projects. One examines risk factors associated with honey bee health in Canada while the other is examines the distribution honey bee pests and diseases across the country.
|1. American Foulbrood Diagnosis and Management
2. Residues in Hive and Honey Products
3. The Honey Bee Health Project: What Have We Learned So Far?
4. Breeding for Disease Resistance Using Proteomic Markers
|Alana Pindar is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Guelph working with Professors Drs. Nigel Raine and Ernesto Guzman. She is currently working on a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence base relating to the status, trends and impacts of pollinator health in Ontario. She also has been working on several projects examining broad-scale global change and conservation priorities of specific pollinators over the past century.
Alana completed MSc and PhD work with Dr. Laurence Packer at York University. Her PhD was the first research, which investigated the impacts of fire on bee communities experimentally. Throughout her academic career, she has been a part of several international studies enabling her to travel the world
|Native Pollinators in Ontario Agriculture|
|Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization, a nonprofit with a mission to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. She is a graduate of the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. Aside from running the Bee Girl organization’s programs, Sarah is the US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association's (IBRA) BEEWORLD project, the Kids and Bees Director for the American Beekeeping Federation, a New York Bee Sanctuary Advisory Board member, is an active member of the Northwest Farmers Union, and is a mentor in the Oregon State Master Beekeepers Program, and the Regional Representative for the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association. When she is not tirelessly working with bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers, land managers, and policy makers, Sarah heads for the hills with a camera, large backpack, fishing rod, bike or snowboard, and her best friend, Sophie the Yellow Lab.||University Honey Bee Research Centre and Arboretum|
|David Stotesbury is a young beekeeper who just can't get enough. While attending the University of Guelph, he began volunteering and eventually was hired at the Honey Bee Research Centre. After graduating with a BSc., he spent the winter of 2013 working for queen breeders and making connections with commercial beekeepers in New Zealand. He currently continues to work under Paul Kelly at the Honey Bee Research Centre while expanding his own beekeeping operation, Beekeeping It Real®.||Workshops|
|Nigel Raine is a passionate and creative scientist with particular interests in pollinator behaviour, ecology and conservation. He has been lucky enough to spend almost two decades investigating bees and their intimate relationships with flowers on three continents. Nigel studied for his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and doctorate in Pollination Ecology at the University of Oxford. He has held research positions at the University of Sheffield and Queen Mary University of London, and been a faculty member at Royal Holloway University of London. In May 2014 Nigel moved to Canada to take up the prestigious Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation at the University of Guelph||Pesticides, Parasites, Pollinators: Impact of Environmental Stressors on Bees|
|Stefan Sobkowiak is a teacher, biologist, designer and farmer at heart. I learned how much I enjoy teaching back in grad school as a teaching assistant. I loved to get other students excited about the wonders and intricacies of nature and to discover a whole new world. After grad school I began to give seminars. I've since given more than 400 seminars and workshops to a whole range of groups. I've taught for 8 years at McGill University, a range of courses from landscape plants and design, fruit production to natural history of vertebrates. I've taught our interns one on one at the farm over the last ten years. I worked as a biologist and designer in my landscape design practice for 20 years, specializing in wildlife habitat designs. I've been designing and inventing since I was a kid, now I try unsuccessfully to restrict myself to permaculture. I can't help it there are so many problems that need elegant design solutions. Farming is my latest passion. For the last 20 years I've worked to transform what was a conventional orchard to a permaculture orchard. Having gone through a transition to organic and then growing organically for 5 years, I realized organic was not the answer. It was not the ideal I was seeking. I needed the orchard to do more, to be more and to provide more. The permaculture orchard is the result. It is the culmination of my 50 years of experience as a biologist, designer, inventor and farmer. I need to share what I've learned so you don't have to go through 20 years of trial and error.|
|Daniel Thurston, B.A., (Research Technician) grew up in the Kawarthas on a small beef farm. While attending the University of Guelph, he took an introductory beekeeping class his first year. Intrigued by this introduction to bees and beekeeping, Daniel spent a season working for his uncle, a commercial beekeeper just east of Peterborough. He spent the following summers working on a pesticide and bee related research project, and as a summer intern at the Tech Transfer Program. Now a full time member of the program, Daniel continues to enjoy learning about the beekeeping industry while keeping some of his own hives on the side||Workshops|
|Nicolas Tremblay, Quebec Provincial Agriculture, has been providing field extension in beekeeping since 2006. Mr Tremblay is a field consultant to Quebec beekeepers via the Deschambault Research Centre (CRSAD). His primary work involves best management practices for honey bees and honey-house design. He is also an apiculture professor at Alma College and president of the beekeeping committee at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Quebec (CRAAQ).||Technical Support for Queen Rearing, IPM and Various Courses|
|Nadia Tsvetkov holds a master's degree from York University, where her research focused on honey bee learning and memory. She is currently a PhD student at York University with research focus on sub-lethal effects of neonicotinoids on honey bees. She believes public outreach is vital and has given many presentations on the importance of pollinators at the Royal Ontario Museum and Markham Museum.||A Season-long Study of Pesticide Exposure in Ontario and Quebec|
|Pegah Valizadeh is a PhD Candidate at the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. Her background is in molecular biology and she has completed several projects on different animal and plant organisms. Pegah has been studying honey bees for more than 5 years. The focus of her PhD project is on natural immunity and resistance of honey bees to Nosema disease. The practical goal of her research is to find an alternative solution to control Nosema disease by increasing the natural defenses of bees. Pegah has completed the laboratory part of her project and she will be defending her thesis soon.|| 1. Nosema ceranae: Immigrant but not a Newcomer!
2. Natural Immunity and Resistance of Honey Bees to Nosema Disease
|Rene Van Acker is Professor and Associate Dean (external) of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph and was previously chair of the department of Plant Agriculture. Prior to his appointments at The University of Guelph, Rene was a professor of weed science and crop management at the University of Manitoba. As Associate Dean external in OAC, Rene is responsible for helping to initiate and coordinate fundraising in the college and manage communications and partnerships with and across the college.
In his administrative role he also helps to lead special projects including the initiation and development of The Food Institute, a pan-University initiative to facilitate knowledge translation and transfer on food related research and expertise. In his academic role, Rene conducts research in weed biology and ecology and the coexistence of GM and non-GM crops. He supervises graduate students and teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed works to-date and has made over 300 other non-peer reviewed contributions. His research work on coexistence of GM and non-GM crops has lead to ongoing international collaborations and consultations. Rene grew up on a farm in southwest Ontario. He holds BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Guelph and a PhD from the University of Reading in the UK.
|The Challenges of Reconciling Environmental Stewardship and Agriculture|
|Alison Van Alten grew up in a hobby beekeeping family in western Newfoundland. While an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph, Alison began working for the Ontario Beekeepers' Association Technology Transfer Program, under the direction of Dr. Medhat Nasr. In 2000, Alison completed her M.Sc. studies on the Impacts of Tracheal Mites on the Respiration and Thermoregulation of Overwintering Honey Bees. The following season, Alison became the Tech Transfer Program Specialist and resolved to deal with emerging issues in Ontario's beekeeping industry for another ten years. In 2010 Alison resigned from the Technology Transfer Program to work full time raising queens. Tuckamore Bee Company is committed to producing quality bee stock and is a proud member of ORHBS (Ontario Resistant Honey Bee Selection) Program. Alison resides with her husband John (Dutchman's Gold Honey and Maple Products) and their two young sons, in Freelton, Ontario. The Van Alten family moved to Apiyuri Farm in 2012 and have since been enthusiastically renovating the farm to suit their bee businesses and family life.||Technical Support for Queen Rearing Workshop|
|Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Ph.D. is a proud University of Guelph alumni, and in fact gave his fist bee talk at the EAS the last time it was at Guelph. Dennis is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland and is interested in pollinator health. The focus of his current work involves the application of epidemiological approaches to understanding and (importantly) improving honey bee health. Currently Dennis is the director of the Bee Informed Partnership (BeeInformed.org) which attempts to provide a platform to collect "big data" on the state of health of managed honey bee colonies. Analysis of these data is providing important insights into the role beekeeper management practices and environmental factors (such as landscape pesticides and climate) have on bee health.||1. From Flower to the Cell: Making Nectar Into Honey
2. Evolution of Honey Bees
3. Data Informed Beekeeping – Best Management Practices
4. Drivers of Colony Health: Disease, Chemicals and Nutrition
|Patricia Wolf Veiga has been a Diagnostic Technician at the National Bee Diagnostic Centre, Beaverlodge, Alberta since June 2012. She grew up in Brazil where she acquired beekeeping experience working with Africanized Honey Bees on her family's farm. She completed her bachelor degree in biology at the Federal University of Parana in 2006. She later moved to Victoria, British Columbia and enrolled in a graduate program in the biology department at UVic (MSc). Patricia has extensive experience on microbiology and molecular biology techniques and she is applying these techniques to detect the most common pathogens in honey bees. Recently, she has been working in collaboration with Eric Stromgren in two research projects: the "Queen health evaluation of imported and local stock" and "Influence of prophylactic use of antibiotic on the AFB spores reservoir".||Queen Health: Evaluation of Imported and Local Honey Bee Stock|
|Julie White: After a successful career in the non-profit sector as CEO to organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute of Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Julie followed her long-time passion to become a beekeeper. In 2010, after studying with Dewey Caron and taking courses at UofG, Julie started Long Point Honey Co., a small, certified organic operation in "the most untamed peninsula" of Prince Edward County. Last year, the County agreed to a pilot project in her region to protect pollinators through reduced mowing and targeted planting. Julie's workshop will provide the principles and specifics of organic beekeeping in Canada.||Organic Beekeeping|
|Geoff Williams Born and raised in Canada but living in Switzerland on a British passport (Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency staff please note he does not have a secret numbered bank account), Geoff completed a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Edmonton at the University of Alberta followed by a Ph.D. at Dalhousie University in Halifax. For the past five years Geoff's research has focused on improving our understanding of honey bee health. From workers to drones to queens, in the laboratory in Switzerland to the fields of Thailand, Geoff's primary 'stressors' of interest are parasites and agro-chemicals. Geoff also acts as Executive Committee member and Secretary of the honey bee research association COLOSS (coloss.org). Composed of over 450 scientists, veterinarians, extension agents, and students, COLOSS organizes international research initiatives and workshops to improve the well-being of bees. He was the recipient of the EAS Student Award in 2008, and is looking forward to making new EAS memories at this year's meeting in Guelph.||1. Honey Bee Pathology – Stressor Effects and Honey Bee Defenses
2. Health of Honey Bee Reproductive's: Effects of Parasites and Pesticides on Drones and Queens
3. Honey Bee Stressor Interactions: Nosema and Pesticides, from the Laboratory to the Field
4. COLOSS Honey Bee Research Association
|Mark L. Winston is that rare individual, a scientist who can speak eloquently to the public. Recognized as one of the world's leading expert on bees and pollination, Mark has had an illustrious career researching, teaching, writing and commenting on bees and agriculture, environmental issues and science policy. He directed Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue for 12 years, where he achieved wide recognition as a distinguished Canadian educator. He consults widely, in university, corporate, non-profit, government and community settings, utilizing dialogue to advance communication skills, thoughtfully engage public audiences with controversial issues, implement experiential learning and community engagement in educational institutions, enhance leadership and develop/edit ideas and proposals for non-fiction writing from newspaper opinion pieces to books.||1. Value or Values – Audacious Ideas for the Future of Beekeeping
2. Essence of Royalty: Honey Bee Queen Pheromone
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