Evenings at Whitney Wednesday December 14 - Are Honey Bees Really Dying?

Evenings at Whitney Wednesday December 14 - Are Honey Bees Really Dying?

Published: Friday, December 9, 2022

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience continues Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Are honey bees really dying?”. Dr. Jamie Ellis, Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology, Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory at the University of Florida, will be the speaker.

This free lecture will be presented in person at the UF Whitney Laboratory Lohman Auditorium, 9505 Ocean Shore Boulevard, in St. Augustine. Those interested also have the option of registering to watch via Zoom live the night of the lecture.

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It has been a major news story the last 15 years. Honey bees are dying. Pollination is threatened. Our food supply may dwindle. The earth is doomed! However, are honey bees really dying? Sure, in many ways, beekeeping is harder than ever. Colony loss rates are high in many areas around the world. Old pests and pathogens continue to cause problems. New pests and pathogens threaten colony health. With all of the confusion swirling around bee health, we are left to wonder what the future holds for honey bees and humans. In this lecture, Dr. Ellis will discuss the reality of honey bee colony losses, what is killing bees, and what it means for us.

Dr. Jamie Ellis is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida. He has a BS degree in Biology from the University of Georgia (USA) and a PhD in Entomology from Rhodes University in South Africa. At the University of Florida, Jamie has responsibilities in Extension, instruction, and research. Regarding his Extension work, Jamie works with assorted clientele through diverse programming such as the UF/IFAS Bee College and the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Jamie supervises PhD and masters students. Currently, Jamie and his team have over 30 active research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination.