2016 Bee Symposium

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Event Date

UC Davis Conference Center

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time: 8:00AM - 6:00PM

Location: UC Davis Conference Center


Keynote Speakers

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Yves Le Conte

Head, French National Bee Lab, Avignon, France

Dennis vanEngelsdorp

Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland
and Project Director for the Bee Informed Partnership



8:00 – 9:00 am - Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - Welcome and Introductions

Amina Harris, Director, Honey and Pollination Center, RMI, UC Davis
Neal Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

9:15 am - (KEYNOTE) Honey Bees that Survive Varroa Mite in the World: What We Can Learn from the French Bees

Yves Le Conte, Director, French National Bee Lab, Avignon, France

10:15 am - Microbial Communities in Floral Nectar Influence Pollinator Preference and Foraging

Rachael Vannette, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

10:45 am - Break (Opportunity to visit Graduate Student Posters and Exhibits)

11:15 am -Rediversifying intensive agricultural landscapes to promote native pollinators

Claire Kremen, Professor, Department Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

11:45 PM - Lunch

Graduate Student Poster Presentations
Educational exhibits

1:30 pm - (KEYNOTE) Reducing Colony Losses. Does it take a village?

Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland


6 minute presentations about many different programs in the world of beekeeping

Ola Lundin: Research update on bees and neonicotinoids

Elina L. Niño: Honey Bee Extension at UC Davis

Hasna Wood: Apitherapy

Sonoma County Beekeepers Assoc.: Bee-ing In Total Community

Pat Heitkam: An Introduction to Patrick Ranch Bee Museum and Educational Center

Julie Cridland: Honey Bees of California - Variation in Time and Space

3:15 pm - Break

3:30 pm -The Importance of Division of Labor for Understanding Colony Health

Brian Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

4:00 pm - The Bee Microbiome

Quinn McFrederick, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, UC Riverside

4:30 pm - Winners of the Graduate Student Poster Competition Announce

4:45 pm - Closing Reception

Special thanks to: Rabbit’s Foot Meadery, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Strad Meadery, Fair Oaks, Calif.; Yolo Brewing for their donations to our reception!

Good Life Garden at the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science

6:00 pm - Close


Graduate Student Poster Competition

Congratulations to our graduate student winners!


first-place second-place
First Place - $1000 (Sara Winsemius and Laura Ward: Exploring potential routes of neonicotinoid exposure within pollinator hedgerows adjacent to seed-treated sunflower)
Second Place - $750 (W. Cameron Jasper: Investigating potential synergistic effects of chronic exposure to amitraz and multiple pesticides on honey bee (Apis mellifera) survivorship
third-place fourth-place
Third Place - $500 (Brittney Goodrich: Honey bee colony health: economic implications for beekeepers in almond pollination)
Fourth Place - $250 (John Mola: Fine-scale population genetics and movement ecology of the yellow-faced bumblebee (Bombus vosnesenskii)


Presented by the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute and the Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis.

Topics: Pollinator-related research


Posters should be hung at their assigned spot by 8am. Presenters are responsible for providing their own hanging materials. Authors must be at their posters for judging from 11:45 to 1:30 and will have 7 minutes to present. Winners will be announced before the final speaker.

Poster size: Limit is 48 inches wide x 36 inches tall. Posters should be well-written and organized.

Judging Criteria:

  • Objectives
  • Methodology (Does it provide a clear, consistent description?)
  • Results
  • Research Significance (Are the findings original? Relevant to current issues?)
  • Conclusions
  • Appearance
  • Presentation and interaction with the judges


Complementary registration for student poster presenters.

Poster awards:

  • First place: $1000
  • Second place: $750
  • Third place: $500
  • Fourth place: $250


2016 Vendors and Exhibitors

Bee Progressive CAMBP (California Master Beekeeper Program)
Entomology Graduate Student Association Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven
NOD Apiary Products Project Apis m.
Sonoma County Beekeepers Association Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Z Specialty Food Dadant & Sons
UC Davis Library UC Davis Bookstore
AMF (American Beekeeping Federation) Planet Bee Foundation

2015 Bee Symposium

Take a look at our previous 2015 Bee Symposium: HERE

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"As a new beehive owner I thought the information presented was fascinating and presented in a very efficient manner. I loved every aspect of the presentations!"

"Nice to get science, there is a lot of fuzzy thinking out there."

"Thank you for a well-organized, thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking day."


Thank You to Our Sponsors

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