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Photo: Kim Fondrk in Almond Orchard

Kim Fondrk in almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


Faculty, Staff and/or Researchers

Eric Mussen, Extension Apiculturist (retired July 2014)
Elina Lastro Niño, Extension Apiculturist (beginning September 2014)
Neal Williams, Pollination Ecologist/Assistant Professor ~ Lab
Brian Johnson, Behavior, Evolution, and Genetics of Honey Bees, Apiculture/Assistant Professor (see lab research)
Michael "Kim" Fondrk, Bee-Breeder-Geneticist
Billy Synk, Staff Research Associate
Robbin Thorp, Emeritus Professor and Native Pollinator Specialist
Claire Kremen, Conservation Biologist

Visiting Scientists
Alexandra Klein, University of Lüneburg, Germany
Lora Morandin, Conservation Biologist, Kremen Lab, UC Berkeley

Katharina Ullmann, Neal Williams Lab Group
Tylan Selby, beekeeper at Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility

Michael Parrella, Department Chair
Edwin Lewis, Vice Chair

Former Affiliates
Susan Cobey, bee breeder-geneticist, now at Washington State University, but continues her research working with California beekeepers. Email:
Michelle Flenniken, Insect virus researcher and former Häagen-Dazs Postdoctoral Scholar. Now a research assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Montana State University (MSU), Bozeman. (See profile on MSU website)
Elizabeth Frost, Former staff research associate; she joined the program in 2008.
Beginning Sept. 1, 2012, she will be working out of University of California Cooperative Extension, Butte County, as a field and lab technician and crop protection agent with the Honey Bee Tech Transfer Team ( Email:
Brian Fishback, past president of the Sacramento Area Beekeepers' Association and member of the California State Beekeepers' Association

Emeriti Professors
Norman E. Gary
Specialized in honey bee behavior, especially foraging, communication, stinging, reproductive behaviors.

Christine Y.S. Peng
Specialized in honey bee nutrition, digestion, and reproductive physiology

Robert E. Page, Jr. (Now at Arizona State University)
Specializing in evolutionary and behavioral genetics of the honey bee

Harry H. Laidlaw Jr.Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. (1907-2003)
Father of Honey Bee Genetics