Nelson’s passion for honey bees and beekeeping has been growing since 2006. He initially waded into beekeeping at the hobbyist level lending a helping hand to a close friend’s backyard operation. His interest grew exponentially with each trip into the apiary, eventually acquiring his own colonies. In 2017, a professional opportunity to conduct honey bee health research presented itself at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, MO. The research led to the development of a protein supplement for commercial beekeepers to support larval development and maintain colony health during transport and/or dormant blooming seasons. Nelson completed his degree in Integrative Studies focusing on Environmental Science and Business Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is truly excited to join the Bee Informed Partnership to help provide commercial beekeepers with the data and information they seek in order to make best-practice yard management decisions and implement solutions for sustainable and healthy beekeeping operations.