2015 Bee Symposium

Event Date

Saturday, May 9th, 2015, the Honey and Pollination Center hosted its inaugural Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy. Over 350 interested beekeepers, gardeners, scientists and students were in attendance. Marla Spivak, the distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota and winner of a MacArthur Genius Grant, delivered the keynote address. Additional speakers included members of the Department of Entomology and Nematology: Brian Johnson, Elina Nino and Neal Williams and Amy Toth, Iowa State University and Nigel Raine, University of Guelph, Ontario Canada. The day long event concluded with a trip to the UC Davis Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven.

View the Program with Agenda of the Day, Speaker Bios and Graduate Student Poster Abstracts

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Graduate Student Poster Winners

Rei Scampavia Receives a congratulatory handshake from Neal Williams for her 1st Place finish

Winner of $1500

Farming Practices Affect Nest Site Selection of Native Ground Nesting Bees

Jennifer VanWyk: 2nd Place

Winner of $1000

Wet Meadow Restoration Buffers the Impact of Climate Change: Pollinator Resilience during the California Drought

Leslie Saul-Gerschenz: 3rd place

Winner of $500

Native Bee Parasite Shows Multitrait, Host-Specific Variation and Local Adaptation

The Day in Video (click below for individual segments)


  • Amina Harris, Director, Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis
  • Michael Parella, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Helping Bees Stand on Their Own Six Feet

  • Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, A[iculture and Social Insects, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Sociality as Key to Understanding Responses to Pesticides in Honey Bees (video unavailable)

  • Brian Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Combined Effects of Viruses and Nutritional Stress on Honey Bee Health

  • Amy Toth, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University

Best Management Practices to Support Honey Bee Health

  • Elina L. Niño, Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Lightning Round Talks

Pesticides, Parasites and Pollinators: The Impacts of Environmental Stressors on Bees (video unavailable)

  • Nigel Raine, Professor and Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph; Ontario, Canada

Enhancing Forage with Bees

  • Neal Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Introduction to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

  • Christine Casey, Director, Honey Bee Haven, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis