I’m an entomology professor, beekeeper and honey bee scientist at the University of Florida. AMA!
Hello Reddit! My name is Jamie Ellis, and I’m a professor of entomology at the University of Florida and lead the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory. I’ve been a beekeeper since I was kid and a bee scientist for decades.
Over the years at UF, I created the UF, South Florida and Caribbean Bee Colleges, which are two-day training events for beekeepers of all experience levels to learn about honey bees and beekeeping from the state's experts. In efforts to improve honey bee health and the sustainability of beekeeping globally, I also created the UF Master Beekeeper Program to enable participants to learn and adopt research-based beekeeping best management practices and tools to educate the non-beekeeping public. I supervise PhD and master’s students and offer online courses in many areas related to honey bee research, extension and instruction.
At the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research Extension Lab, we work to advance our understanding of honey bees and wild bees in Florida, the U.S. and globally. We conduct field projects of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology and integrated crop pollination.
I’m here to answer any questions you have about honey bees.
Here’s a bit more about me:
I received a Ph.D. in Entomology from the Rhodes University (2004) and a BS in Biology from the University of Georgia (2000). In 2006, I joined the University of Florida.
- UF Ins Honey Bee Research & Extension Laboratory
- Hive Help – UF Lab is focused on keeping honey bees healthy
- Jamie Ellis – UF Faculty Profile
UPDATE: Thanks for asking me questions during the reddit AMA! Don't forget to visit my lab's website at www.ufhoneybee.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @UFhoneybeelab.