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Regional coordinators

  Area: New Zealand Phone: (06) 868-6440
Name: John A. McLean Mobile: (027) 319 8776
Title: Ph.D Institution: Apiculture New Zealand Research Focus Group
Email: Address: 20 Sterling Park, Lytton West, Gisborne 4010 – NewZealand

Synthetic bio:

John is a retired entomologist with special interests in honey bee nutrition and health.

For the last 6 years he has been a member of the Apiculture New Zealand Science and Research Focus group.

He also serves on advisory teams of the New Zealand Colony Loss Survey and the Bee Pathogen programmes that are coordinated by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) that overviews the beekeeping sector in New Zealand.


Area: South America Phone: (598) 24871616
Name: Karina Antúnez Mobile: (598) 99147708
Title: Ph.D Institution: Institute of Biological Research “Clemente Estable”
Email: Address: Avda. Italia 3318. Montevideo, Uruguay

Synthetic bio:

Karina is a microbiologist working on different pest and pathogens that affects honeybee health in Uruguay, mainly Nosema ceranae, RNA viruses and Paenibacillus larvae.

She is working on different projects aimed to quantify colony losses in Uruguay; detect/quantify pest and pathogens; analyse the host-pathogen interaction and evaluate strategies to improve honeybee health through probiotics and nutrition.

She is also the general coordinator of the Latin American Network for Bee Research.


Area: North America/USA Phone: +1 352 273 3924
Name: James D. Ellis Mobile: N/A
Title: Ph.D Institution: University of Florida
Email: Address: Department of Entomology and Nematology, Steinmetz Hall, Natural Area Dr. PO Box 110620, Gainesville, FL, USA 32611-0620

Synthetic bio:

Jamie is the Gahan Associate Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida.

At the University of Florida, Jamie has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research.

Regarding his extension work, Jamie created the AFBEE program (African Bee Extension and Education Program), the UF, South Florida, and Caribbean Bee Colleges, and the UF Master Beekeeper Program.

As an instructor, Jamie supervises PhD and masters students in addition to offering an online beekeeping course.

Currently, Jamie and his team have over 30 active research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination.