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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 faculty, 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
Professor
(352) 273-3924
jdellis@ufl.edu
Dr. Jamie Ellis is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida. At the University of Florida, Ellis has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research related to honey bees. Regarding his extension work, Ellis created the UF, South Florida, and Caribbean Bee Colleges, and the UF Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Ellis supervises Ph.D. and masters students in addition to offering an online course in apiculture. Ellis and his team conduct research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination. 
Cameron Jack
Apiculture Lecturer
Distance Ed. Coordinator
(352) 294-6926
cjack@ufl.edu
Cameron Jack is the Apiculture Lecturer and Distance Education Coordinator for the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida. His main interest is to serve the beekeeping industry by providing practical solutions to beekeepers seeking to improve honey bee health. Currently, his research efforts are focused on honey bee epidemiology and toxicology. As often as possible, he tries to support undergraduate students with their research questions and ensure that they are conducting publishable studies that contribute to the overall body of scientific knowledge.
Mary Bammer
Extension Coordinator
(352)273-3969
bammerma@ufl.edu
Mary Bammer is the extension coordinator for the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, where she runs the University of Florida Master Beekeeper Program, the University of Florida Bee Colleges, and the Melitto Files Blog, among other projects. Bammer works to strengthen the direction of the lab’s extension initiatives and is currently pursuing a Masters in Extension Education at the University of Florida.
Humberto Boncristiani
Applied Researcher
Postdoctoral Researcher
(352) 294-6928
hboncristiani@ufl.edu 
Dr. Humberto Boncristiani is the honey bee husbandry applied researcher at the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab. Boncristiani has a diverse background in honey bee research, having worked in a government institution (USDA), academia (UNCG, UMD), private industry, with the National Research Council, and having come from a beekeeping family. At the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, Boncristiani conducts honey bee husbandry research that is directly applicable to commercial beekeeper operations in the state of Florida and across the country.
  Branden Stanford
Laboratory Manager
(352) 273-3932
bstanford56@ufl.edu
Branden Stanford joined the Honey Bee Research and Extension 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.

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Emily Noordyke
Graduate Student
enoordyke@ufl.edu
Emily Noordyke joined the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab as a Master’s student in 2018. Her research focuses on issues surrounding honey bee nutrition. She is interested in developing research-driven solutions that can help beekeepers and bee health. Previously, Noordyke worked on honey bee health and extension projects with Bee Informed Partnership, the United States Geological Survey, and Michigan State University.
  Leigh Boardman
Postdoctoral Researcher
(352) 294-6925
lboardman@ufl.edu
Dr. Leigh Boardman obtained her PhD from University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) in December 2013, and has been a postdoc at the University of Florida Entomology & Nematology Department since September 2015. Her previous research at the University of Florida investigated radiation stress responses in pest insects. She joined the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab in May 2018, and is working on identifying molecular markers that can be used to differentiate between the Apis species.

Noble Egekwu
Postdoctoral Researcher
(352) 294-6925
noble.egekwu@ufl.edu
Dr. Noble Egekwu joined the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab in 2018 from the Agricultural Research Services-USDA lab in Beltsville, MD where he was a post doctoral researcher with the Bee Research Laboratory.  Egekwu is currently developing in vitro rearing systems for Varroa destructor, the ectoparasite of Apis mellifera. Results from his work will be crucial in developing control methods for disruption of this pest.
  Gerbson Mendonça
Visiting Researcher
g.mendonca@ufl.edu 
Dr. Gerbson Mendonça joined the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension 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 University of Florida 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  
Walt Taylor
Research Technician
honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu  

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