2015 POLLINATOR SUMMIT
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Plenary Session Speaker 2
MARLA SPIVAK, PH.D.
MacArthur Fellow, Distinguished McKnight Professor, Extension Entomologist, University of Minnesota
Dr. Spivak's interest in bees and beekeeping was kindled while working for a commercial beekeeper at the age of 18. Her research efforts focus on protecting the health of all bees, breeding bees for their natural defenses against diseases and parasites, promoting sustainable beekeeping practices, and propagating floral rich and pesticide-free landscapes to support the nutritional needs, health and diversity of bee pollinators. She is the author and creator of numerous beekeeping manuals and videos, and her scientific articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Neurobiology (now Developmental Neurobiology), Evolution, Apidologie and Animal Behavior.
Dr. Spivak is the principal researcher at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. In recognition of her work, Dr. Spivak has received an Eastern Apicultural Society, JI Hambelton award for Outstanding Research, Apiary Inspectors of America Service Award for Outstanding Work in Apiary Research, a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship as well as Merit and Distinguished Teaching awards from the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science and the College of Natural Resources (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences).
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