Speaker Schedule



May 11

7:30 pm

Regular Meeting

Sara Witt and Dr. Gordon Frankie

Sara and Gordon run the Native Bee Lab at UC Berkeley

May 18

6:30 pm

(note time change)

Extra Presentation

Anne Marie Fauvel, PhD

Anne Marie worked on a few projects in collaboration with Bee Informed Partnership and enjoyed it so much that she jumped at the opportunity to join the team full time. She now thoroughly enjoys living, what she likes to call a full BIP life, facilitating collaboration between commercial beekeepers, BIP’s highly specialized Tech Team Experts in the field, the various research institutions, and industry. She has not known a dull moment since!

Hobby Beekeepers as Citizen Scientists Advancing National Honey Bee Research (and becoming better beekeepers in the process.)

Anne Marie is fascinated by honey bees and the people who care for them. Even though she taught Biology, Environmental and Food Systems Studies for years, she focused her research interests on honey bees and more specifically on developing better tools to study them.

June 8

7:30 pm

Regular Meeting

Bonnie Morse, Proprietor of Bonnie Bee and Company

Professional beekeeper, Bonnie Morse keeps bees across Marin County and manages hives for and consults with clients around the bay area.   She raises queens and nucs and sells honey, candles and propolis products.  She is also working on several demonstration gardens (through Bee Audacious and 10×10+10) to show that it is possible to tackle the multiple challenges we are facing in a growing climate including loss of biodiversity, increased fire risk, and drought.

American Foulbrood and other Bee Pathogens, Parasites and Problems

We’ll look at some of the most common problems impacting our colonies locally, including varroa mites (and the diseases they vector, like deformed wing virus), American Foulbrood, chalkbrood, small hive beatles, yellow jackets, ants, queen problems and more.

June 15

7:30 pm

Extra Presentation

Jennifer Tsuruda, PhD

University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Assistant Professor and Apiculture Extension Specialist, with interests in bee health and management. Prior to joining UT, I was the Apiculture Specialist at Clemson University, a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University in Dr. Greg Hunt’s lab, and received my Ph.D. at UC Davis under the advisement of Dr. Robert Page. I have worked on associations between foraging behavior, sensory responsiveness, and reproductive physiology in honey bees, as well as breeding for and genetically mapping behavioral resistance against parasitic Varroa mites.

Grooming and Ankle Biting Behavior as Components of Varroa Resistance

I have worked on associations between foraging behavior, sensory responsiveness, and reproductive physiology in honey bees, as well as breeding for and genetically mapping behavioral resistance against parasitic Varroa mites. At UT, I support the beekeeping industry through the Master Beekeeping Program, field days, and other Extension programming for stakeholders and agents, while also researching ways to improve honey bee health through beekeeper management decisions and foraging resources.


July 13

7:30 pm

Regular Meeting

Nickie Irvine, PhD

Nickie Irvine is an Environmental Anthropologist who has balanced work with nonprofits (on indigenous rights, sustainable forest management, and energy use) with university teaching.   She worked for Cultural Survival as Director of their Indigenous Resource Management Program and later as Field Program Director.  She was a founder, board member and organizer of the Forest Stewardship Council developing forest policy and implementing international campaigns. She was a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford where she taught for 25 years.  She has also consulted for a wide variety of organizations including The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and The World Bank.  She has contributed to community forest management efforts in Latin America as an Advisory Board Member for IMAFLORA in Brazil (Instituto de Manejo e Certificação Florestal e Agricola) and a board member of both WARP (Woodworkers Alliance for Rainforest Protection) and GreenWood working in Central America.  She holds a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.F.S. from Yale University in Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Ecological Anthropology from Stanford.

Bay Area Beekeeping Regulations and the Push to Normalize Them.

Nickie has kept bees in San Mateo since 2004, and is especially interested in organizing beekeepers to keep more resistant bees.  But after some local complaints in 2013, she saw the need to develop and implement better local beekeeping policies.  She formed the Bee Legal Project within the Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County.  The group decided that a nuisance and mitigation approach was better policy for bees and for neighbors, and they continue to work to change restrictive regulations in San Mateo County.  They are opposed to bans/ effective  bans and restrictions on beekeeping like lot size, hive limits, setbacks.  They have successfully changed regulations in four of seven jurisdictions in San Mateo and are continuing their campaigns in an additional three.  Nickie has provided support to beekeeping regulation efforts in Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara and now Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  Her vision is for a unified approach to regulating bees in the Bay Area using nuisance and mitigation.

July 20

7:30 pm

Extra Presentation

Vanessa Corby-Harris, PhD

Vanessa graduated from North Carolina State with a B.S. in Animal Science and then from the University of Georgia with a Ph.D. in Genetics. Her dissertation was on bacteria-fruit fly interactions. She moved to Tucson in 2007 to study physiology and nutrition in mosquitoes at the University of Arizona, and then to the USDA in Tucson to study honey bee-associated microbes in 2011. She is currently a Research Physiologist at the ARS’s Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, where her lab studies honey bee nutrition and physiology.

New Developments in Bee Nutrition and Microbes

August 10

7:30 pm

Regular Meeting

Paula Breen, Proprietor of Sweet Serendipity Honey

She has been keeping bees since 2017. Paula and her SO Don manage 20 colonies in San Leandro, Oakland and Martinez. Find Sweet Serendipity Honey through word of mouth and at a local bakery in San Leandro.


Going Legit: Making your Honey Sales Legal in Alameda County.

How to get a  permit for your cottage food business.

August 17

7:30 pm

Regular Meeting

Dr. William Michael Hood

Professor Emeritus of Entomology (retired in 2013), Served as  extension/Research Apiculturist;  co-founded the South Carolina Master Beekeeper Program in 1995. His group studied Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Varroa, Tracheal Mites, Wax Moth and Small Hive Beetle. (He developed the Hood Beetle Trap) He continues as an instructor in the programs certified and Journeyman levels.
Dr. Hood continues to publish and is an active volunteer in his retirement. In addition to many journal articles, he wrote The Small Hive Beetle,Aethina tumida, which is a complete overview of this honey bee pest.

 Wax Moths: the Forgotten Beekeeping Pest that Keeps Coming Around.


November 16


Regular Meeting

Cassie Cichorz

Asian giant hornet outreach and education specialist at the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Graduate of University of Nebraska – Lincoln emphasizing soil and water science. Embarked on a career in natural resources and degraded wetland restoration with the National Park Service and State Agricultural Departments. Taught K-2 in the Rosebud Reservation, before moving to Washington and joining  the Pest Program with WSDA. Her background in environment and ability to teach drew her to become an outreach specialist emphasizing on Asian giant hornet.


Asian Giant Hornet Introduction
-Biology, Threat identification, Beekeeper Specific Information, and AGH look-alikes.


Workshops are as yet unscheduled.