Open to all Beekeepers ***
Tentative Conference speakers are:
Dr. Heather Matilla - Heather Mattila is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College. Her research focuses on the role that intracolonial genetic diversity plays in the organization of communication and division of labor in honey bee colonies. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.
Dr. Allison McAfee - Alison McAfee is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Leonard Foster at the University of British Columbia. Not satisfied with investigating the molecular nature of bacteria, yeast, or mammalian cells, Alison is attempting to deduce the molecular mechanism behind a type of social immunity in honey bees. We sat down with Alison to discuss her work, and learn about the ups and downs of working with such an unusual model organism.
Jerry Hayes - Internationally respected US beekeeping expert Jerry Hayes has been appointed vice president North America for Vita Bee Health to help beekeepers improve and maintain the health of their honey bees. For almost four decades, Jerry Hayes has worked across the USA apicultural industry to promote sustainable beekeeping. As head apiarist of the State of Florida inspection service when Colony Collapse Disorder struck, he was on the front line helping Floridian beekeepers and their 300,000 plus colonies. For three decades, he has also been well-known and respected amongst beekeepers for his informative and entertaining column, The Classroom, for the American Bee Journal. Jerry Hayes’ work has encompassed the full range of beekeeping and pollination interests. He is a founding member of the Colony Collapse Working Group and the Bee Informed Partnership. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Honey Bee Health Coalition which he set up while working for Monsanto to bring together the wide range of beekeeping interests.