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Marla Spivak - Courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation.Dr. Marla Spivak
MacArthur Fellow
Distinguished McKnight Professor
Extension Entomologist
Department of Entomology
spiva001@umn.edu

Marla's interest in bees began when she worked for a commercial beekeeper from New Mexico in 1975. She later completed her B.A. in Biology from Humboldt State University in northern California, and her PhD from the University of Kansas, under Dr. Orley "Chip" Taylor, in 1989. She spent two years in Costa Rica conducting her thesis research on the identification and ecology of Africanized and European honey bees. From 1989-1992 she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona. She began as Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota in 1993. Influenced by Martha Gilliam and Steve Taber from the USDA Bee lab in Tucson, she became interested in hygienic behavior of honey bees. This interest has expanded into studies of "social immunity", including the benefits of propolis to the immune system of honey bees, and to the health and diversity of all bee pollinators.

Gary Reuter.Gary Reuter
Scientist, a.k.a. Gary-of-all-Trades
University of Minnesota
reute001@umn.edu
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~reute001/

A long time hobby beekeeper and trained in technology education, Gary began working with Marla when she moved to Minnesota in 1993. Without his hard work, the program would not be what it is today. He maintains the research colonies, helps train and work with students in the field, designs and builds specialty equipment and speaks to beekeeping, student and civic groups. He plans the Extension short courses and together with Marla teaches beginning as well as experienced beekeepers. His humorous style of teaching helps the classes stay interested and enthusiastic about a sometimes challenging subject. He is a past president of both Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association and Wisconsin Honey Producers Association and director of the American Beekeeping Federation, and remains active in these groups. He still finds time to mange his own colonies, while learning to blacksmith, maintaining an orchard, and helping his wife raise sheep.

Current Graduate Students and Post-docs

Renata Borba.Renata Borba
Ph.D. student

The effects of propolis to honey bee health and immunity.

 

 

 

Elaine Evens.Elaine Evans
Ph.D. student

Landscape effects on native bee abundance and diversity.

 

Joel Gardner.Joel Gardner
Masters student

Comparative survey of the Megachilidae of Lake Itasca, MN, with data from 1938.

   

 

mikegolblischpic2Mike Goblirsch
Ph.D. student

Effects of the fungal pathogen, Nosema ceranae, on the developmental physiology of the honey bee

 

 

Ian LaneIan Lane
M.S. student

Incorporating flowering plants into grass lawns to provide bee foraging areas in urban landscapes.

   

 

Katie LeeKatie Lee
Ph.D. student 

Midwest Tech Transfer Team, honey bee health and epidemiology

 

Matthew Smart.Matthew Smart
Ph.D. student

Floral landscape effects on honey bee nutritional physiology

 

Judy Wu.Judy Wu
PhD student

Effects of Neonicotinyl Pesticides on Honey Bees and Bumblebees

 

 

Mike Wilson.Mike Wilson
PhD student (advised by Dr. Jerry Cohen, Plant Biological Sciences)

Plant Resins – Novel antimicrobial properties of honey bee propolis in human and animal health

 

  

Bee Squad

beckymastermanpicRebecca Masterman
UMN Bee Squad Coordinator

Manages the UMN Bee Squad (BeeSquad.umn.edu). The Bee Squad provides education for hobby beekeepers and programming for people and organizations that want to support bees.

jennywarnerpicJenny Warner
UMN Bee Squad Mentor

The Bee Squad provides education for hobby beekeepers and programming for people and organizations that want to support bees.

  
 

chris Kulhanek picChris Kulhanek
UMN Bee Squad Mentor

The Bee Squad provides education for hobby beekeepers and programming for people and organizations that want to support bees.

 

 

Previous Graduate Students and Post-docs: