Cade Houston

Originally from the Flatwoods of South Georgia, this Baxley, Ga. native now lives in College Station, Texas where he aids beekeepers in colony health monitoring and surveillance. Cade received his B.S. in Agriculture from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 2020. While at ABAC, he founded the Abraham Baldwin Beekeeper’s Association to teach other college students, faculty, and the community about the importance of bees and beekeeping in the state and nationwide. He began keeping honeybees at the age of 14 and has been “addicted” ever since. Before coming to BIP, Cade worked for two commercial operations in Georgia: Gardner Apiaries and Georgia Bee Supply. He…

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Annette “Net” Meredith

Net Meredith joins the Bee Informed Partnership after serving many years in the non-profit and public sectors working in sustainability and ecology.  As Executive Director she works with BIP staff, the Board of Directors, beekeepers and other external stakeholders to support BIP’s vital work in honey bee health. Net was first introduced to the exciting world of bees in graduate school.  Years ago, fieldwork with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch led her to doctoral research working with farmers to promote native bees and other pollinators on working agricultural lands in the Mid-Atlantic.  She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science…

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Jeri Parrent

A California native now residing near Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. Jeri received her B.S. degree in Conservation and Resource Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she first fell in love with fungi, leading her to pursue her Ph.D. at Duke University to study the ecology of plant-fungal interactions. She went on to complete postdoctoral fellowships at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden, and the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada before settling at the base of the beautiful Bruce Peninsula. What began as a purchase of two honey bee colonies to improve her vegetable garden’s productivity, quickly became her…

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Nathan Swan

Nathan is the one on the right. A self proclaimed "Lab Monkey," Nathan has a deep interest in biological sciences and biochemistry. He joined BIP in 2017 to help process samples for the USDA APHIS National Honey Bee Survey, and additionally helps process samples for multiple other projects. He also helps maintain the labs and websites. Nathan began working with honey bees as an undergraduate research assistant at the University of Maryland. Working with BIP allows Nathan to pursue two passions: studying life and being helpful.

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Dan Reynolds

Dan Reynolds collaborates with beekeepers as the co-head of the Sentinel Apiary Program, as well as processes samples for the Bee Informed Partnership and APHIS National Honey Bee Survey. He also handles administrative work to help run the Honey Bee Lab and help coordinate BIP Tech Teams. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and later became interested in bees and hasn’t looked back. He enjoys field work and hands-on bee experience, and hopes to keep some colonies of his own as soon as he can. He joined BIP in 2016 hoping to help sustain honey bee health on a…

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Ashrafun Nessa

Ashrafun Nessa performs multiple tasks relating to viral analysis for the USDA APHIS National Honey Bee Pests and Disease Survey and other multiple BIP projects at the University of Maryland in the vanEngelsdorp Honey Bee Lab. Prior joining to the BIP team she worked five years in Honeybee Lab at Oregon State University on honeybee health, nutrition, and pollination. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Zoology with an emphasis on Entomology from Rajshahi University in Bangladesh. Also, she completed some graduate work on Biotechnology at East Carolina University, North Carolina. Ashrafun joined the BIP team in 2016. She is excited to be a part of the diverse BIP team…

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Eric Malcolm

Eric was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD. After a short period studying Adventure Sports with a focus on white water kayaking, he turned to a life of sales and marketing in the fitness industry and began fitness coaching. He later moved into wine sales for a local winery. After some time, he decided to leave the work-force to stay at home with his newborn daughter and shortly after he finally evolved into a beekeeper. His passion for honey bees and edible landscaping got him headed down the road to starting his own small apiary management business, and that's when his friend Dan introduced…

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Kelly Kulhanek

Kelly Kulhanek is a Ph.D student studying honey bee health and management practices with the vanEngelsdorp lab at the University of Maryland. Kelly’s path to honey bees began by studying native bees as a research assistant in Claire Kremen’s lab at UC Berkeley. She then spent a field season with the USGS in North Dakota studying honey bee health and landscape change and became completely hooked on honey bees. She is studying honey bee health on a nationwide scale through the Sentinel Apiary Project. She also hopes to help develop and field validate best management practices to improve colony health and survival. She is excited to work with the…

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Rachel Kuipers

Rachel Kuipers is a laboratory research assistant at the University of Maryland in the vanEngelsdorp Honey Bee Lab. Her roles in the lab include, among other things, processing samples that come through the lab, supporting undergraduate student employees, coordinating schedules, and running BIP's Instagram and Twitter accounts. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

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Andrew Garavito

Andrew Garavito is the apiary manager for the vanEngelsdorp Honey Bee Lab at University of Maryland. He helps with hive management, in-hive sampling, and the preparation of hive samples to be tested for multiple graduate student projects. He graduated from UMD with a B.S. in General Biology, and was offered a position in the vanEngelsdorp lab, where he completed his Masters in Entomology.

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