The 2009 Essay Contest is sponsored by Quantum Code.
Gladys Andino is a Ph.D. student at Purdue University studying with Dr. Greg Hunt. She is investigating grooming behavior as a mechanism of resistance to Varroa mites. Her goal is to develop a cage-based assay to select stock for Varroa resistance. She is also investigating resistance to Nosema ceranae and will map QTLs for the genes conferring resistance.
Rasoul Bahreini is a Ph.D. student at the University of Manitoba studying with Dr. Rob Currie. He is investigating the costs and benefits of honey bee defenses against Varroa mites with an emphasis on grooming behavior in overwintering clusters.
Ricarda Kather is a Ph.D. student studying with Dr. Steven Martin at the University of Sheffield in England. She is investigating the effects of Varroa mites and associated viruses on honey bee nest mate recognition.
Matthew Smart is a M.S. student at Washington State University studying with Dr. Steve Sheppard. He is investigating the spatial, seasonal and age distributions of Nosema spp. and interactions between Nosema ceranae, Varroa destructor and Acarapis woodi in the northwestern U.S.
Kirsten Traynor is a Ph.D. student at Arizona State University studying with Dr. Rob Page. She is studying the effects of honey bee brood pheromones on honey bee foraging behavior. Her goal is to better understand the development of eusociality, and to apply her findings to enhance pollen foraging and the pollination efficiency of colonies.
Judy Wu is a M.S. student studying with Dr. Steve Sheppard at Washington State University. She is investigating the sublethal effects of pesticide residues in brood combs on worker honey bees.