EAS Speakers Preview | Mike Hood | SC

Mike Hood - SC


Mike is Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Emeritus College, Clemson University, South Carolina, where he retired in 2013. He began work at Clemson University in 1988 with a split appointment as Extension Honey Bee Specialist in the College of Agriculture and as State Apiarist in the Department of Plant Industry in the Division of Regulatory Services. In 1995, he began duties as State Apiculturist in the Department of Entomology where he taught undergraduate apiculture, served as the State Extension Honey Bee Specialist and conducted honey bee research specializing in honey bee integrated pest management including research on honey bee tracheal mites, varroa mites, wax moths, and small hive beetles. His research for the last 15 years at the university focused primarily on small hive beetle management beginning in 1998 on Wadmalaw Island, Charleston County, South Carolina, where he began development of a small hive beetle trap, later known as the “Hood Beetle Trap.” Mike continues to be a part-time instructor for the South Carolina Master Beekeeper Program and occasionally speaks at beekeeper association meetings. He is the author of a recently released book titled “The Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida” which is a complete overview of this honey bee pest. By summer of 2019, Mike plans to have another book published titled “Short Stories of Bees and Man” which includes over 70 stories.

He is also a retired member of the US Army Reserves serving two years on active duty and serving 23 more years in the active reserves. He retired from service at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011.

His hobbies in retirement include fishing, hunting, golf, travel and spending more time with his wife and nine grandchildren. His most recent trip was to Russia where he and his wife, Kathy, traveled on a river boat from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

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"The Small Hive Beetle aethina tumida" - Preview at Barnes and Nobile Books  One of the many locations one can preview and purchase the authors book.

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Thursday 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | Location: Rm. 104B
Small Hive Beetle A To Z
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Thursday 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Location: Apiary
Small Hive Beetle In Practice
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Friday 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | Location: Rm. 102B
Lighter Side Of Beekeeping
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New for 2019,

The job of recognizing and showcasing presenters is a big one for sure.
At EAS this year you have a choice of over 100 talks!

Add to that the honey show, demonstrations, vendors and you can image it is an undertaking to try to show that information. In previous years this has been painstakingly done by hand. Keystroke by keystroke. A labor of love for sure.

This year we switched to a 'dynamic' presentation. It will allow you to view the information in more ways and allow us to adjust in real time as we add new speakers and more excitement.

We revamped the presentation to use the whole page and larger text so it is easier to absorb.

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We are also working with those who are coming to inform to let them add links and information to their information so that you (and they) can have more interaction and share information. It may a little slow to start but it will grow and we are excited to see what it becomes!

This year is version 1.0 and we realize that there is always room for improvement. There are some elements of past that haven't been completed yet (like the tv guide style presentation), but those features are on the list so know that we are working on them.

We welcome your feedback and really hope you enjoy what we hope is a more enjoyable way to see the excitement.

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