Founder and Executive Director - Bee Girl Organization
Using her engaging personality and love of bees to try and effect greater change, Red-Liard formed the Bee Girl organization with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers and our food. The organization, founded by Sarah Red-Laird, aims to conserve our bees by educating people, especially kids, on bees’ importance through our programs focused on community classes and events. We have also formed unique and important partnerships with universities, public land managers, and private companies to conduct bee health and habitat research. Sarah and the Bee Girl team engage with communities across the nation, and the globe, spreading knowledge and bringing a sense of wonder from the hive to the people.
University of Maryland, College Park | UMD, UMCP, University of Maryland College Park · Department of Entomology
Bee researcher and former editor of both American Bee Journal and Bee World. Like many key researchers, she is a post-doctoral graduate of Dennis van Engelsdorp’s bee lab at the University of Maryland. She specialized in research on how pesticides impact honey bee health. She will offer several talks on everything from varroa management to simple basic beekeeping to easy queen breeding for the hobbyist.
Kirsten received the prestigious German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation in 2006-2007, annually awarded to ten American leaders in their field. She drove over 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European and American beekeeping, reporting her findings through 50+ published articles in national and international magazines. At the same time, she interviewed scientists and medical doctors, gathering information for her book: Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey.
Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, Kirsten earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She then investigated how pesticides impact honey bee health as a post doc at the University of Maryland in the lab of Dr. vanEngelsdorp. From 2015-2017 she edited Bee World, published by the International Bee Research Association. She edited American Bee Journal, a monthly magazine published since 1861 that is devoted to educating beekeepers. She’s currently a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Germany.
Executive Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the University of California at Davis
Executive Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the University of California at Davis. Harris has developed a unique specialty in determining descriptive flavours in honey. She offer courses in sensory determination of honey and mead.
Pedersen is a fifth-generation beekeeper whose family runs Pedersen Apiaries in Saskatchewan. Operating a small commercial apiary, the family has successfully learned to winter hives outdoors in single boxes. Pedersen also selectively breeds high-quality queens for use in her operation. Her pragmatic, low-key advice will be appreciated by both hobbyist and commercial beekeepers.
President of the Sunshine Coast Beekeeping Association
Suddes runs Roberts Creek Honey on the Sunshine Coast, a small-scale commercial apiary. She’s also president of the Sunshine Coast Beekeeping Association. She has many small and large pragmatic ideas to share. She’s also a budding mead-maker with goals to tap into the very young B.C. mead industry.