People

People

 

Amina HarrisAmina Harris, Director, Honey and Pollination Center, UC Davis

aharris@ucdavis.edu

Amina Harris is the Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis. In addition, Amina is the owner of Z Specialty Food, LLC with her husband and son. Moon Shine Trading Company, a division of Z Specialty, has been offering unique American varietal honeys for over thirty years winning national awards from the Specialty Food Association and the National Honey Board. She holds an MSEd in special education from Buffalo State College.

 

Liz Luu

Liz Luu, Marketing and Events Manager, Honey and Pollination Center, UC Davis

luu@caes.ucdavis.edu

Liz Luu graduated from University of California, Davis, with a degree in Food Science and Technology. In 2014 she organized the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Bugs and Beer: Why Crickets and Kölsch Might be Matches Made in Heaven, one of the most popular events at the Institute, and spotlighted the importance of insects as sustainable sources of protein. For the Honey and Pollination Center, Liz has organized symposia, short courses, lectures, tastings, and in 2017 she was the Social Media and Entertainment Manager for the first-ever California Honey Festival in Woodland, Calif., which drew a crowd of nearly 20,000.

 

Neal WilliamsNeal Williams, Faculty Co-Chair, Professor, Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Neal Williams conducts research on how pollination spans evolution, including sustainable pollination. One of his primary areas of research is sustainable pollination strategies for agriculture. This work is critical given ongoing pressures facing managed honey bees and reported declines in important native pollinators such as bumble bees. Williams and his colleagues explore the role of wild native bees, honey bees and other managed species as crop pollinators and the effects of landscape composition and local habitat quality on their persistence.

 

Alyson MitchellAlyson Mitchell, Faculty Co-Chair, Professor, Food Science and Technology, UC Davis

Dr. Mitchell is a Professor of Food Chemistry and the John Kinsella Endowed Chair in Food and Nutrition in the Department of Food Science at UC Davis. Dr. Mitchell is also the Master Advisor for the Food Science major and is co-director of the Food Safety and Measurement Facility at UC Davis.Dr. Mitchell’s research centers on developing analytical methods that can be used to promote understanding of the chemistry of biologically active compounds in fresh and processed foods and especially their metabolism in humans. Most recently she has been involved in analyzing US honey varietals. She has published over 60 manuscripts. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, BBC News, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, along with others.

 

Board Members

Elina Lastro Niño

Elina Lastro Niño
Apiculture Extention and Research, El Niño Bee Lab, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Ann Evans

Ann Evans
Founder, Yolo County Slow Food, Farmers Market, Davis Farm to School Program, beekeeper, illustrator/author (with Georgeanne Brennan) of the Davis Farmer’s Market Cookbook. Visit Ann's Website.

Liz Applegate

Liz Applegate
Senior lecturer in the Department of Nutrition, Director of Sports Nutrition at UC Davis, author and triathlete.

Mea McNeil

Mea McNeil
Writer for the American Bee Journal and Bee Culture Magazine, beekeeper, and farmer

Eric Mussen

Eric Mussen
Cooperative Extension Apiculturalist and member of the UC Davis Entomology Department

Vicki Wojcik

Vicki Wojcik
Research Director, Pollinator Partnership

 

Advisory Members

Mani Niall Mani Niall, owner of Sweet Bar Bakery, Oakland, CA and author of ‘Covered in Honey’
Randy Oliver Randy Oliver, Scientific Advisor, commercial beekeeper, writer and scientist. Visit Randy's blog.