CORE TEAM
ALEXIS BEAUREPAIRE
POSTDOCTORATE, UNIVERSITY BERN, INSTITUTE OF BEE HEALTH

Alexis is an evolutionary biologist, particularly interested in the study of coevolution and the interactions between hosts and parasites. His research involves a diverse range of disciplines, such as molecular biology and animal behavior. He started working on the interactions between honey bees and Varroa mites in 2011, at the beginning of his PhD. 
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KEITH BROWNE
PHD CANDIDATE, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY IRELAND, GALWAY

Keith’s research aims to inform and protect both the honey bee and beekeeping. A lifetime armchair scientist, he began a PhD at the National University of Ireland, Galway on the molecular evolution of Ireland’s honey bees in 2014, under the tutelage of supervisor Prof. Grace McCormack (also a part of the Honey Bee Watch team). Focusing on influences on colony fitness, his work includes a national bee breeding program, types of pollen used by colonies in similar and disparate regions in Ireland, and the gut microbiota of honey bees. He is currently conducting a novel investigation into the ecology and survivorship of Ireland’s free-living honey bee colonies using citizen science. National University Ireland, Galway
DR. PANUWAN CHANTAWANNAKUL
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CHIANG MAI UNIVERSITY

Panuwan studies honey bee pathology and bee products in Thailand and South East Asia. She currently works at the Faculty of Science, CMU, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology, supported by the Thai government. She finished her PhD in Microbiology at Cardiff University, UK, where she studied American foulbrood. In 2000, she took a post-doctoral post in Japan, working on protein crystallization, supported by the government. She established the Bee Protection Laboratory as a one-stop service for bee disease diagnosis and bee product development for local beekeeper communities in Thailand. Chiang Mai University
DANNY CLICERI
SCIENCE COORDINATOR, RESILIENT BEE PROJECT
FIXED-TERM RESEARCHER, EDMUND MACH FOUNDATION


Danny is a researcher in Sensory and Consumer Science at the Edmund Mach Foundation, working on the promotion of sustainable diets. He considers sacred every form of life and, therefore, is a convinced environmentalist. With bees he discovered a new and definitive contact point with Nature. He’s also a natural beekeeper and scientific coordinator of Resilient Bee Project in Italy, a national-scale project, aimed at studying and protecting wild colonies of honey bees. Resilient Bee Project | Edmund Mach Foundation
RAFFAELE DALL'OLIO
OWNER, BEESOURCES

Raffaele is 360° devoted to honey bees. After several years’ experience as a researcher, he decided to become a freelance consultant. Specialized in breeding and conservation, he strives to balance the needs of the beekeeping industry with those of the bees, always guided by a dedication to sustainability. When leveraging his master honey-sensory skills, he educates new consumers on this principle too. Raffaele is also a beekeeper, currently managing approximately 100 hives in Italy. BeeSources
PAOLO FONTANA
TECHNOLOGIST, EDMUND MACH FOUNDATION

Paolo is a naturalist, entomologist, and apidologist. Born in Vicenza in 1965, he has always lived in Isola Vicentina (Veneto, Italy). After graduating in Agricultural Sciences and getting a PhD in Applied Entomology, he worked at the University of Padua until 2009, and since then at the Edmund Mach Foundation. He is the author of about 280 scientific and popular publications, as well as several monographs, including Il Piacere delle api (2017), which was published in English as The Joy of Bees in 2019. He has been a beekeeper for more than 30 years and recently founded a professional beekeeping company. Edmund Mach Foundation
DR. ROSA MARÍA LICÓN LUNA
PHD SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR, WILD BEES PROJECT & PROAPIA

As a veterinarian specialized in bee health, with a background in medical research and ecology, Rosa María believes that animal, human, and environmental health are inseparable, with bees being a great model of Nature conservation. The aim of the Wild Bees Project is to do a survey of all social, solitary, melliferous, and non-melliferous local bees in the study area that goes from the Jura Nature Reserve in France
 to the neighboring Geneva metropolitan area in Switzerland, given that Nature knows no political boundaries. Wild Bees Project | proApia
DR. GRACE MCCORMACK
PERSONAL PROFESSOR, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY IRELAND, GALWAY

Grace McCormack is a Professor of Zoology at NUI Galway. Her interests lie in evolutionary biology and particularly in using molecular data to understand how organisms are related to each other and the impacts this may have on conservation and the evolution of organismal traits. Grace has been beekeeping for seven years and currently manages 15 colonies. She became interested in free-living colonies in 2015, and has been investigating their survival, diversity, and distribution since. She is interested both in conservation of Apis mellifera mellifera and resilience of untreated bees to Varroa and other challenges introduced by humans. National University Ireland, Galway
ARRIGO MORO
PHD CANDIDATE, UNIVERSITY BERN, INSTITUTE OF BEE HEALTH

Arrigo is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a beekeeper with more than 15 years of expertise in the professional sector. He is currently completing his PhD at the Institute of Bee Health at University Bern, where he is investigating the coevolutionary relationship between naturally surviving Western honey bees and their most important pest, Varroa destructor. Institute of Bee Health
FABRICE REQUIER
RESEARCHER, EGCE LAB & UMR CNRS-IRD-UNIVERSITÉ PARIS-SACLAY

Fabrice is a researcher with an interest in agroecology and pollinator ecology. His research focuses on pollinator responses to changes in landscape structure, exposures to agrochemicals, and pressures from (invasive) biotic factors, and the subsequent implications for biological conservation and ecosystem services. For this he generally combines the use of lab experiments, field monitoring, and modelling techniques, and has a growing interest in inclusive socio-ecological approaches. His work is oriented towards applied perspectives, including the development of decision-support tools for informing environmental policies and stakeholders. EGCE Lab (Evolution Génome Comportement et Ecologie)
STEVE ROGENSTEIN
FOUNDER, THE AMBEESSADORS

Steve is a bee advocate and environmental activist. He co-produced NYC Honey Week, co-founded BCN Honey Fest in Barcelona, was lead producer of the 2019 Learning from the Bees conference, organizes tree-beekeeping workshops in Berlin, and founded The Ambeessadors. The latter has the dual mission of connecting the bee community and spreading awareness of and appreciation for the importance of the bee — and other pollinators — through events, research, education, art, advocacy, and more. He also graduated from The College of the Melissae: Center for Sacred Beekeeping. The Ambeessadors
ADELAIDE VALENTINI
FOUNDER & TEAM LEADER, RESILIENT BEE PROJECT

Adelaide states, "I’ve been living with honey bees since I was 4-years old. I am an organic beekeeper and breeder, trying to develop the most regenerative practices in order to make honey bees thrive on this beautiful planet. I’m an advocate for regeneration of both soil and communities alike, and my goal is to rewild honey bees and humans back into the wild." Resilient Bee Project
RESEARCH PARTNERS

THE B4 PROJECT UK

The B4 Project is a CIC (Community Interest Company), representing a group of beekeepers, whose aim is to protect the UK’s native dark honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, also commonly known as the European Dark Honey Bee. Its mission is to conserve, protect, and increase the population of Apis mellifera mellifera via the fusion of science and beekeeping.

BANGOR UNIVERSITY UK

Bangor University’s School of Natural Sciences conducts world-leading research and teaches across a diverse range of topics based around zoology, forestry, geography, agriculture, and conservation, facilitating interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and promoting collaboration both within the School and with other institutions and industry in the UK and overseas.

BEE IMPROVEMENT & BEE BREEDERS ASSOC. UK

The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) is committed to the conservation and promotion of the native honey bee of the British Islands and Ireland and, where not present, locally adapted bees. Education and encouragement is provided by presentations and visual material. 

NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES UK

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a charity dedicated to the research and conservation of biodiversity, sustainability, lifelong learning, and the enjoyment of visitors. Research, training, and engagement on honey bees, honey, and ethical beekeeping is a core part of their work.
RESILIENT BEE PROJECT ITALY

Resilient Bee Project is creating a network of guardian beekeepers, who will take care of colonies. Wild bees are the only ones who have the secret against varroa mite.
OPIE POITOU-CHARENTES FRANCE

The Office Pour les Insectes et leur Environnement (OPIE) is a French non-governmental nature conservation and environmental education organization that works to improve knowledge of insects and to protect them. Within this framework, the Poitou-Charentes group has initiated since 2017 a demographic study of honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in the wild in the north of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region.
SCOTTISH BEEKEEPERS' ASSOCIATION UK

The purpose of the Scottish Beekeepers' Association (SBA) is to support honey bees and beekeepers, to improve the standard of beekeeping, and to promote honey bee products in Scotland through:
• The advancement of education in relation to the craft of beekeeping.
• The advancement of the heritage, culture, and science of beekeeping.
• The advancement of environmental protection by conservation of the honey bee.
WILD BEES PROJECT FRANCE
 

The specific aim of the Wild Bees Project is to conduct the first citizen-science demographic study in the area between France's Jura Nature Reserve and Geneva's metropolitan area by geo-localizing unmanaged honey bee nests, taking photographs of non-melliferous bees for their identification, and involving the general public and a team of experts.

WILD HONEY BEE STUDY IRELAND

The National University of Ireland, Galway is studying wild honey bees to discover the number and distribution of their colonies in order to devise conservation strategies. In conjunction with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, citizen scientists have been invited to extend the study and discover what wealth of wild honey bees are in Ireland.
TECH PARTNERS
GISCOLLECTIVE

The GISCollective team is building an open-source mapping platform. Its goal is to make it easy for a wide array of entities to collaborate on projects that benefit from GeoData collection and management. Without the need of specialized GIS knowledge, groups who participate in ecology, science, activism, administration, or local communities can benefit from a complete, versatile, and modern solution. Honey Bee Watch's mapping platform was developed by GISCollective.

Contacts

Project Lead: Steve Rogenstein (The Ambeessadors)
Science Coordinator: Arrigo Moro (Universität Bern)
Survivors TF Coordinator: Raffaele Dall'Olio (BeeSources)
COLOSS President: Peter Neumann (Universität Bern)

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