Scientific Advisors

Eric Mussen

Eric MussenDr. Eric Mussen, now retired, was the Extension Apiculturist for UC-Davis.  For the past 34 years, Dr. Mussen has organized and delivered various extension programs to beekeepers and others interested in honey bees and crop pollination.  He has published a bimonthly newsletter for 34 years, with copies of editions since 1994 available on his webpage.  He also has topical articles on important aspects of beekeeping called “Bee Briefs” on his webpage.  Dr. Mussen is a member of the American Association of Professional Apiculturalists, Entomological Society of America, Northern California Entomological Society, California State Beekeepers’ Association, Western Apicultural Society, American Beekeeping Federation and the American Honey Producers’ Association.  Dr. Mussen received his bachelor’s degree in 1966 from the University of Massachusetts, his master’s and PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and 1975, respectively. His newsletter, “From the U.C. Apiaries,” can be accessed here.


Jerry Hayes
Jerry HayesJerry Hayes is the former chief of the Apiary Inspection Section for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Plant Industry.  Jerry recently relocated and works for Monsanto as Beelogics Commercial Lead and is headquartered in St. Louis, MO.  Hayes participates in the CCD Working Group, the BIP Board and is a Project Apis m. Science Advisor. In addition, he has authored the “Classroom” column in the American Bee Journal for 25 years from which the book of the same name was developed. Hayes is also an author or co-author on 20+ honey bee research papers.


Randy Oliver
Randy OliverRandy started beekeeping 1966 and has “seriously” kept bees since 1980.  He holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from U.C. Irvine and a M.S. in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.  Randy currently runs about 1,000 colonies with his two sons.  He is an independent bee researcher and writer.  You can visit the website he maintains at


Dr. Frank Drummond
Dr. Frank DrummondDr. Frank Drummond is a professor at the University of Maine teaching insect ecology and insect pest management with interests in research topics including insect quantitative ecology, pest management, population dynamics, simulation modeling, biostatistics and pollination ecology.


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