APIS Molecular Systematics Lab


Our field research in the apiaries is centered on projects addressing problems of major importance to Pacific Northwest (PNW) beekeepers.

Current colony health research includes:

  • sustainable and integrative methods in agricultural management with emphasis in queen breeding and honey bee health
  • differential sperm use by honey bee queens of different subspecies
  • monitoring mating flight behavior with implications in bee breeding in the changing climate
  • examining sub-lethal effects of chemical residues in the hive and the environment
  • monitoring seasonal variation in Nosema ceranae infestations
  • molecular characterization of Nosema species in the PNW

Contact: shepp@wsu.edu