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 primary passion! Since finding the wonderful world of beekeeping a decade ago, Jeri has had the opportunity to run a small beekeeping business and work with a commercial beekeeping operation before joining the BIP team. At BIP she is able to combine her love for working hands-on with bees and beekeepers with her passion for communicating the important research and educational outreach BIP does to researchers, policy makers, beekeepers and the general public.