Who We Are
The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL) is administered by Dr. Jamie Ellis, Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology. The HBREL team is composed of visiting scholars, post-doctoral research fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, technicians, and laboratory assistants. All members of the HBREL are committed to improving the collective understanding honey bees, native bees, and the communities both support.
The mission of the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL) is to advance our understanding of managed honey bees and wild bees in Florida, the U.S., and globally, with a goal of improving the health and productivity of bee pollinators everywhere. We address this goal by conducting basic and applied research projects on bees, communicating our findings to assorted clientele groups through diverse extension programming, and training future generations of bee educators, researchers, conservationists, and more.