Ben is our apiary manager at the Honey Bee and Pollinator Research, Extension, and Education Facility in Othello, WA. Ben found his passion for honey bee hive health after dabbling in beekeeping as a hobby 10 years ago. Since then, Ben has expanded his knowledge and skills by capturing feral swarms for research in the remote canyons of southern Utah. He has also worked as a field trial monitor assisting the development of an RNAi miticide for varroa control, and most recently, he worked on a project to develop in-hive technology that monitors the conditions within a bee colony. Ben’s ongoing fascination with honey bees inspired him to move to Othello and contribute to our WSU Honey Bee + Pollinators Programs research!