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Beekeeping Today Podcast

Oct 12, 2020

Dr. Michael SmithIn this week’s episode, guest cohost, Kirsten Traynor, editor of 2 Million Blossoms, talks with Michael Smith, Ph.D. Michael grew up in Panama, then went to boarding school in Wales, where he chanced upon a beekeeper with honey in a hallway. Together the two ended up launching a bee club that just celebrated its 15th anniversary. After being a gofer for a bee lab at a women’s university, Smith convinced Tom Seeley to take him on as a graduate student. At Cornell, he investigated what triggers drone comb building plus ran a side project on who steals from a honey stand.

He’s currently in Konstanz, Germany as a postdoc, but returning to the US this fall to start his own bee research lab at Auburn, Alabama. The discussion is a rollercoaster ride filled with quirky humor, serious bee science and his work with the BEESBOOK tracking system.

Additional information:

  • Michael's Lab Website (The Smith Bee Lab at Auburn):
  • Follow Michael on Twitter: @SmithBeeLab


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Podcast music: Young Presidents, "Be Strong", Musicalman, "Epilogue"