Dr. Samuel Ramsey's enduring interest in entomology started over 20 years ago and shows no signs of waning. Having completed his PhD in 2018 with Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp's lab at the University of Maryland, College Park; Ramsey tries to maintain a focus on how insect research can benefit the public through development of IPM strategies and STEM outreach initiatives. Ramsey studied entomology at Cornell University as an undergraduate focusing on Predatory/Parasitic insect behavior. His current work focuses on the effects of honey bee parasites on individual and colony level survivorship specifically targeting Varroa destructor and Nosema ceranae.
Dr. Ramesh Sagili is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He obtained his PhD in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 2007 specializing in honey bee research. His primary research focus is honey bee health, nutrition and pollination. Ramesh initiated the creation of Oregon Master Beekeeper Program and chaired the Oregon Governor’s Task Force on Pollinator Health. His research program addresses both basic and applied questions to improve honey bee health and nutrition, and hence majority of his research projects are collaborative efforts involving stakeholders (beekeepers and growers). He has authored several important research and extension publications including the popular extension publication and app titled “How to reduce bee poisoning from pesticides” that is being used by many beekeepers, growers and pesticide consultants/applicators in the country. He has received several awards including the Entomological Society of America’s Pacific Branch Research Award, Eastern Apicultural Society’s Outstanding Research Award and OSU Outreach and Engagement Award.
Dr. Anne Leonard
Anne Leonard has been an associate professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno since 2012. Originally from Berkeley, California she began her study of animal behavior while an undergraduate at Brown University. After receiving her PhD from the University of California, Davis, she received a PERT postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona and the Darwin Fellowship to study bee and spider behavior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to authoring numerous articles in scientific journals, Leonard’s research on interactions between bees and flowers has received coverage in The New York Times, NPR’s “Morning Edition”, Science News and BBC.com. Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the USDA, her lab group asks basic questions about communication and coevolution between plants and pollinators, and seeks out opportunities to share their research with the public.
Dr. Meghan Milbrath began working bees with her father as a child over 20 years ago, and now owns and manages The Sand Hill Apiary, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan.
She studied biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and received degr...ees in public health from Tulane University and the University of Michigan, where she focused on environmental and disease transmission risk. Meghan worked as a postdoctoral research associate under Zachary Huang at Michigan State University, studying nosema disease, and is currently an academic specialist at MSU, where she does honey bee and pollinator research and extension and is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative.
Meghan is active in multiple beekeeping organizations, writes for multiple beekeeping journals, and speaks about bees all over the country. She currently runs the Northern Bee Network, a directory and resource site dedicated to supporting queen producers, and she is passionate about keeping and promoting healthy bees.
Janice Cox is an author and leading DIY natural beauty and skin-care expert. She’s also a freelance magazine writer and beauty editor for Herb Quarterly Magazine. She’s a member of both the International Herb Association and the Herb Society of America.
Janice has turned her passion for home beauty into a full time career and is a well –known natural beauty expert. Her recipes and ideas have appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, and she is also the author of 3 books on the topic: Natural Beauty at Home, Natural Beauty for All Seasons & Natural Beauty from the Garden. She lives in Southern Oregon.
Troy Bunch of Bunch Apiaries in Hughson, Calif., began raising bees as a hobby in 1976. He now manages more than a thousand hives with earnings from pollination fees and honey sales. He has been a full time beekeeper for almost 20 years.
Bunch advises beekeepers and presents at conferences. He has also served as a board member of the California State Beekeepers Association and the American Beekeeping Federation.