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Steve Sheppard, PhD

Dr. Steve Sheppard is the Thurber Professor of Apiculture in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University. His graduate research at the University of Illinois centred on population genetics and evolution in honey bees. Prior to joining the faculty at WSU, Steve worked as a research scientist for the US Department of Agriculture, conducting research on Africanized honey bees and the genetic processes that accompany insect range expansions.

In collaboration with mycologist Paul Stamets and Fungi Perfecti, the WSU Bee Program is involved in a major research effort to use fungi as a biological control agent for parasitic mites and to use polypore mushroom extracts to improve the health of honey bees.

Events with Steve Sheppard, PhD

Beekeeping & Hive Health
June 7, 2020

Honey bees and humans have interacted for thousands of years, in a relationship that started with honey “hunting” and continued in some systems to enable industrial agriculture. Awareness of the complexity of this highly social organism is key to appreciate the “how to” actions of mindful beekeeping. Beekeeping has been described as an Art, and you will use your senses fully to engage in a process that strives to build a mutually beneficial relationship. Watch as Steve gives us a formal introduction to the Hollyhock bees!