Rachel Fahey

Rachel is a faculty research specialist at the University of Maryland in the vanEngelsdorp Honey Bee Lab. She is the project coordinator for the USDA APHIS National Honey Bee Pests and Disease Survey, a comprehensive examination of colony health across the United States. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Wesley College (DE), where she cultivated her passion for nature and all things honey bees. Outside of work, Rachel manages her own "brood" of two future beekeepers.

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Heather Eversole

As a Faculty Research Specialist and Lab Manager, Heather Eversole is an integral part of the Bee Diagnostic team located at the University of Maryland, College Park. Since 2011, she has managed a high throughput diagnostic honey bee lab for Bee Informed Partnership and APHIS National Honey Bee Survey. This primarily involves processing thousands of samples each year collected from BIP field specialists and state apiarists. She wears many hats including generating reports, sampling kit builds, managing lab functions as well as assisting undergraduates with honey bee related projects. Prior to her honey bee research interests, she took part in submerged aquatic vegetation research and…

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James Wilkes

James T. Wilkes is a Professor of computer science at Appalachian State University, teaching computer science courses and consulting on beekeeping data and technology related research, including the Bee Informed Partnership, being a founding member of the BIP IT team, and bee data projects in the Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE). James received an MS (1989) and PhD (1994) in computer science from Duke University followed by an academic career at Appalachian that included an 11 year term as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2006-2017. James’ father kept bees, so he grew up with bees in his backyard and started…

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Jonathan Engelsma

Jonathan Engelsma is a Professor of computer science at Grand Valley State University, where he is responsible for the Bee Informed Partnership’s hive scale portal implementation.  Jonathan lead’s GVSU’s Mobile Applications and Services Laboratory and has numerous publications and patents in mobile computing. Dr. Engelsma earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1993. He has over two decades of industry experience, including 16 years in various research and development positions with Motorola. Jonathan began keeping bees as a high school student in the 1980s, and today with his wife Mieke, maintains a small sideline beekeeping operation in the W. Michigan area.

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Nicolas Arias

Nicolas is a Software Engineer from Colombia, currently located in Mexico City. He received his master's degree at Grand Valley State University (Michigan), where he had the opportunity of working on BIP's hive scales project for several years during his studies and thesis work of a web-based, medical image tagging tool. Before BIP, he had not paid much mind to bees mostly because they weren't on his radar. Only now does he realize how much he had been missing. Learning about them, and working alongside "Bee People" has been a fascinating journey which he hopes he'll be able to continue for a long time.

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Mikayla E. Wilson

Mikayla is a Faculty Specialist at the University of Maryland, vanEngelsdorp Bee Lab. She designs and maintains database, web application, and general IT needs of primary honey bee projects including the Bee Informed Partnership and APHIS National Honey Bee Survey since 2011. Mikayla has a Master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Tennessee and has worked in University computing roles since 1994. She has been a beekeeper since the late 1990s as well, with a keen interest in applying information technology to agricultural sciences and education. She has worked on numerous USDA projects since 2008 in response to the decline in bee health, first…

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Dan Wyns

Dan was introduced to honey bees in 2005 while in New Zealand on a working holiday, and he has been consumed with caring for and learning about them ever since. Prior to joining BIP, Dan was a commercial beekeeper in New Zealand and western Canada where he was fortunate to gain a diversity of beekeeping experience across a variety of climates and agricultural landscapes. He joined BIP in 2014 as a Field Specialist in the Pacific Northwest and spent 3 years working with beekeepers across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The BIP Tech Transfer Team expansion to the Great Lakes region began in 2017 to provide…

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Nelson Williams

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…

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Robert Snyder

Rob currently works out of UC-Davis and previously worked out of the Butte County Cooperative Extension in Oroville, CA as a Crop Protection Agent. He received his B.S. in biology from Delaware Valley College, PA. There he attained a majority of his entomological knowledge from Dr. Chris Tipping and Dr. Robert Berthold. After graduation, Rob was an apiary inspector for 2 years at the Department of Agriculture in Pennsylvania. In his third year there, he still inspected some colonies but mainly focused on The Pennsylvania Native Bee Survey (PANBS) where he pinned, labeled, entered data and identified native bees to genus and species. Leo Donavall…

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Ben Sallmann

As the Honey Bee Health Field Specialist for the Pacific Northwest, Ben works with migratory beekeepers from around the region and helps monitor diseases, pest loads, and colony health. Most of his experience with commercial beekeeping comes from his time working with BIP in Northern California (2013-2017), where he helped queen breeders select stock and test for hygienic behavior. It has been fascinating to observe and compare the different management strategies used by commercial beekeepers in the western US, and he has learned there are many different ways to run a successful commercial operation. Ben is especially interested in Varroa control, and brood disease identification…

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