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The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL) is administered by Dr. Jamie Ellis, Gahan Associate 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 of honey bees and the communities that these bees support.

Current Lab Members
Jamie Ellis
Associate Professor
(352) 273-3924
jdellis@ufl.edu
Dr. Ellis is the Gahan Associate Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. At the University of Florida, Dr. Ellis has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research related to honey bees. Regarding his extension work, Dr. Ellis created the UF, South Florida, and Caribbean Bee Colleges, and the UF Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Dr. Ellis supervises Ph.D. and masters students in addition to offering an online course in apiculture. Dr. Ellis and his team conduct research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination. 
Mary Bammer
Extension Coordinator
(352)273-3969
bammerma@ufl.edu
A background in wildlife biology and agriculture brought Bammer to the UF Honey Bee Lab as the lead technician on Project Integrated Crop Pollination. Since then, she has moved into the role of extension coordinator at HBREL and is working to strengthen the direction of the lab’s extension initiatives.

  Branden Stanford
Laboratory Manager
(352) 273-3969
bstanford56@ufl.edu

Stanford joined the lab as a research technician working on a variety of projects that focused on honey bee pest management. In 2018 he moved into the role of lab manager and currently works to ensure a safe and productive work environment in which the lab can conduct research and develop instruction and extension programs.

Cameron Jack
Ph.D. Student
cjack@ufl.edu
Jack is a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Jamie Ellis and is researching various aspects of Varroa destructor control. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Southern Utah University in 2012 and completed his master’s degree at Oregon State University in 2015, where he conducted research on the honey bee gut pathogen Nosema ceranae.
  Gerbson Mendonça
Visiting Researcher
g.mendonca@ufl.edu 
Dr. Mendonça joined the UF honey bee lab as a visiting researcher in 2017. He is an associate professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. While Mendonça's previous research focused on African honey bees and pollination, at the UF Honey Bee Lab he is studying the effects of pesticides on honey bees in a laboratory setting.

Current Lab Technicians
Tomas Bustamante
Software Developer
g4spar@ufl.edu
Jonathan Elmquist
Research Technician
elmquistj@ufl.edu  
Emily Helton
Lead Extension Technician
heltone@ufl.edu 
Xavier Price
Research Technician
honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu   
Walt Taylor
Research Technician
honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu 
Michelle Weschler
Research/Extension Technician
honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu 

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