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 pollinators on working agricultural lands in the Mid-Atlantic.  She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and a M.S. in…

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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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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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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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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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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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