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Monthly Membership Meeting

  • 22 Mar 2021
  • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM

Form and function in the honey bee, by Jamie Ellis

Honey bees are known for their amazing behaviors, colony  structures, and contributions to healthy ecosystems. However, they are equally amazing morphologically. Honey bee bodies are designed, inside and out-, to support the exact behaviors that are necessary to ensure colony health, function, and success. In this lecture, Dr. Ellis will provide an overview of honey bee anatomy and physiology and discuss how both help honey bees carry out their life work.


Jamie Ellis is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. He has a BS degree in Biology from the University of Georgia (USA) and a PhD in Entomology from Rhodes University in South Africa. At the University of Florida, Jamie has responsibilities in Extension, instruction, and research.

Regarding his Extension work, Jamie created the UF/IFAS Bee College and the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Jamie supervises PhD and masters students. Currently, Jamie and his team have over 30 active research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination.


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