Page Banner

United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Scientists and Support Staff
headline bar

PDF files on this page require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader®.
Adobe® also provides free PDF tools for the visually impaired.

Dr. Jeffery S. Pettis, Research  Leader

301 504-7299, PettisJ@ba.ars.usda.gov

Research emphasis on the behavior and chemical ecology of honey bees, including colony management techniques to reduce Varroa and tracheal mite populations, testing cultural techniques and natural products for mite and small hive beetle control and development of field bioassays to screen for mite resistance to acaracides.

Publications PDF

Dr. Yanping (Judy) Chen, Research Entomologist

301-504-8749, ChenJ@ba.ars.usda.gov

Conducts research on the epidemiology and pathogenesis of honey bee viruses, including establishing insect cell lines for propagation of viruses; characterization of genomic structure of viruses; developing molecular methods for detection of virus infection and characterization of virus seasonal activity; and studying the possible role of parasitic mites in the transmission of virus diseases.

Publications PDF

Dr. Anita M. Collins, Research Geneticist (Retired)

       301-504-8570, CollinsA@ba.ars.usda.gov

Conducts research on honey bee germplasm preservation, including cryopreservation and non-frozen methods; and physiology and functional genomics of natural sperm storage by the queen.

Publications PDF

Dr. Jay D. Evans, Research  Entomologist

301-504-5143, EvansJ@ba.ars.usda.gov

Conducts genomic research on honey bees and their pests, including identifying and characterizing developmental genes; identifying genes expressed in response to disease agents, and developing methods to screen bees for disease resistance; and using microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA markers to quantify reproduction, migration, and acaricide resistance in honey bee parasitic mites.

Publications PDF

 

Dr. Mark F. Feldlaufer, Research Chemist

301-504-8637, FeldlauM@ba.ars.usda.gov

Investigates new methods of controlling parasitic mites and honey bee pests. Participates in natural products chemistry with other members of the laboratory and research community.

Publications PDF

Dr. Jan P. Kochansky, Research Chemist (Retired)

301 504-8668, KochansJ@ba.ars.usda.gov

Organic synthesis, formulation, and analysis of materials for the control of diseases and parasitic mites. Investigations of the chemical ecology of bees and their parasites.

Publications PDF

Dr. Laura I. Decanini, Postdoctoral Research Associate

301 504-8975, decaninl@ba.ars.usda.gov

Studying genetic variation in the ability of bees to mount an effective response against the bacterial pathogen Paenibacillus larvae , the cause of the disease American Foulbrood.  Using bioassays, gene-expression studies, and direct matings to determine the heritability of honey bee disease resistance.

Support Staff

Hamilton, M.C.
Lopez, D.L.
Owens, Z.
Rice, N.M.
Smith, Jr., I.B.
Ulsamer, A.
Williams, V.P.

Collaborators/Volunteers

Thompson, B.
Weirich, G.


Last Modified: 11/5/2013
Footer Content Back to Top of Page