Learn the ins and outs of honey bees! Bees’ bodies are fascinating, as they have all the tools they need to do the work they do. During this talk, we will explore the parts of the body and their functions and then all the body systems.
Robyn received her BSc in Entomology and Applied Ecology from the University of Delaware and her PhD in Entomology from the University of Manitoba. As Penn State’s Extension Educator of Apiculture, she conducts scientifically sound research projects to study beekeeper-applied questions and brings the results of the projects to the beekeepers through extension products then improves the industry while making beekeeping a more successful venture. Her research program focuses on honey bee health and practical beekeeping considerations. Specifically, she is studying the impacts of honey bee colony management and queen origin on colony health and productivity. Her ongoing projects include experiments that assess the practical implications of different types of beekeeping philosophies, performance of honey bee queens from various genetic lines, and how different types of feed impact honey bee health. These ongoing projects have been extramurally funded (totaling almost $3 million) and have generated several extension product outputs. Her research and extension aspirations work hand in hand. Conducting scientifically sound research projects to study beekeeper-applied questions is critically important. Photo by Don Seifrit Jr.