Date(s) - Nov 27, 2018
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Dr. Jay Evans
Jay Evans is Research Leader at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD, where he has worked for nearly 20 years. The BRL is focused on the development of management strategies to help honey bees thrive in the face of disease, chemical stress, and adequate forage. Lab members are developing and testing new nutritional and anti-disease products, and are especially interested in how bees respond to multiple stress factors and the efforts beekeepers might use to help them through these challenges. Jay’s own research uses genetic techniques and controlled challenge experiments (often bees in cups) to reduce the impacts of parasites and pathogens. Current projects involve honey bee immunity, interactions among stress factors, and the development of novel, safe, controls for mites and viruses. Jay received his AB in Biology from Princeton University in 1988 and his PhD in Biology from the University of Utah in 1995.
Dr. Rebecca Masterman
UMN Bee Squad Associate Program Director
Rebecca Masterman first worked for the UMN Bee Lab as an undergraduate in 1992, and returned in 2012 as the Bee Squad’s Associate Program Director and Coordinator. Becky graduated from UMN Twin Cities with a BA (major in history, minor in biology) and then obtained a Ph.D. in Entomology studying the neuroethology of honey bee hygienic behavior under the direction of Dr. Marla Spivak.
Dr. Lawrence Connor
Well known author, editor and speaker Larry Connor operates Wicwas Press, the largest North American press focused on quality beekeeping books. He conducted pollination studies at Michigan State University, served as Extension Entomologist at The Ohio State University, and was president of Genetic Systems Inc., a venture that mass-produced instrumentally inseminated queen bees. He is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including Queen Rearing Essentials, Bee-Sentials: A Field Guide, Increase Essentials and Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping with Dr. Dewey Caron.