April 26, 2019

Geoff Williams/Selina Bruckner: Bee Informed Partnership Annual Colony Loss Survey - (025)

Geoff Williams/Selina Bruckner: Bee Informed Partnership Annual Colony Loss Survey - (025)

Dr. Geoff Williams is an assistant professor at Auburn University. He is in charge of the Bee Lab and is on the Board of the . Selina Bruckner is a PhD student in entomology at Auburn and working on the Annual Colony Loss and Management Survey. The...


Dr. Geoff Williams is an assistant professor at Auburn University. He is in charge of the Bee Lab and is on the Board of the Bee Informed Partnership. Selina Bruckner is a PhD student in entomology at Auburn and working on the Annual Colony Loss and Management Survey.

The Bee Informed Partnership Colony Loss and National Management Survey is now in its 13th year and BIP is able to use the wealth of data to start to understand how management practices are impacting colony mortality across the country. 

It doesn't matter how many hives you have: Whether you are a backyard beekeeper, a sideliner or a commercial beekeeper - your information can be helpful to everyone. The survey closes on April 30th, so please use the link below to take the survey online. Your
personal identifying information is kept confidential, so you respond in confidence.

Selina provide this poem during the podcast and has permitted us to post it here!  You can 

download a copy by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

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Podcast music: Young Presidents, "Be Strong"

 

 

Dr. Geoffrey Williams

Assistant Professor

Greetings! I grew up in Western Canada, did my scientific training in Eastern Canada, and have worked with honey bees throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

I am now at Auburn University in the Southeast, in the University's Bee Lab seeking to better understand and promote the health of wild and managed insect pollinators. To achieve these massive goals, the AU-BEES lab is working on various topics – from studying the effects of neonicotinoids on queens, to working on the latest Integrated Pest Management tool against varroa, to performing the Bee Informed Partnership’s National Colony Loss and Management Survey, to investigating bee attractiveness to native wildflowers.

Apart from assisting my students with their studies, one aspect of my work that I really enjoy is discussing with beekeepers – the reasons why you love beekeeping and why you keep bees, and what frustrates you the most about the industry. Despite geographic and cultural differences, bees bring many different people together – I love this!