Southeast Missouri State University
1 University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
In 2006-2007, Kirsten received a German Chancellor Fellowship & drove over 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European & American beekeeping. She reported her findings through 50+ published articles. Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, she earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University with Dr. Robert Page. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She investigates how pesticides impact honey bee health as a postdoc with Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp and edited American Bee Journal from November 2017 – December 2018. She is the author of Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey and Simple, Smart Beekeeping. She manages a boutique organic apiary producing top quality nucs and Maryland reared queens. Using the biology of the bee against the biology of the varroa mite, she keeps her colonies healthy without synthetic chemicals.
Presentation Titles for Kirsten Traynor: “Simple Smart Beekeeping” “Halting the Unstoppable Swarm” “American Foulbrood”
Zac Lamas is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland. He studies mite feeding and does pesticide research on honey bees. Prior to joining the lab, Zac worked for Michael Palmer in Saint Albans, Vermont where he managed colonies for honey production and made nucleus colonies. While Zac worked for French Hill Apiaries he also ran a few hundred migratory hives between North Carolina and upstate New York. He is most focused on beekeeping management, and best practices for productive colonies and low overwintering mortality. Zac continues to be a contributor to the American Bee Journal.
Presentation Titles for Zac Lamas: “Requeening a Hive” “Winter Prep Begins Mid-Summer” “Rapid Expansion”
Bob Finck worked as a Food Chemist for Allen Foods. Married 49 years, two married daughters, two twin grandchildren. Stated beekeeping in 1980 and joined the Eastern MO Beekeepers Assn. Immediately became “passionate” about honeybees. Beekeeping for 48 years. Has won 85 ribbons (40 (Blue) with honey and beeswax entries at the Missouri State Fair. Served two five-year terms as EMBA president. Enjoys helping new beekeepers overcome their problems and issues.
Presentation Titles for Bob Finck: “Moving from Hobby to Sideliner”
Gregg Hitchings will talk on “Local Club Speaker Development”
Charlotte Wiggins will talk on “Native Planting for Pollinators”
Bernie Andrews will talk on “Setup for a Sideliner Extraction House”
Chef Bill Allinder will talk on “Cooking with Honey Part 2”
Gregg Hitchings will talk on “European Foulbrood”
…and with weather permitting we will have a group led “Spring Hive Inspection”