- Ph.D. Candidate in Entomology
- Honey Bee and Pollinator Research
Currently, the focus of my research is to understand the epidemiology of RNA viruses in the pollinator community. RNA viruses are emerging as a serious threat to honey bee (Apis mellifera) health and are suspected as one of the major contributors to the recent malady, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), especially the Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV). In addition, the recent detection of some of these viruses from bumble bees as well as in in-hive food reserves of honey bees (honey & pollen), suggests a possible much wider environmental spread of these viruses with potential impact on the overall pollinator community.