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Samantha Alger, PhD

I am an ecologist specializing in pollinators with one foot in research and another in consulting. I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont where I teach beekeeping, conduct research on bee disease, and direct the Vermont Bee Lab.  I also work at VHB as an Environmental Scientist/Pollinator Specialist.

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P. Alexander Burnham
Research Lead

I am a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the department of biology at
University of Vermont. My work focusses on mathematical modeling of diseases in native and managed bees. In addition, I am a student at the Vermont Complex Systems Center, assistant coordinator for the National Honeybee Survey in Vermont.

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Lily Burnham
Marketing and Public Relations

I am a second semester sophomore, a marketing major and an applied design minor at the University of Vermont. I have worked as a bio lab technician and spend my time at the VBL in charge of social media.

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Hillary Churchill
Public Outreach Coordinator/ Field and Lab Tech

I’m in my senior year studying ecological agriculture at the University of Vermont. I’m currently a lab technician in a lipid biochemistry lab helping run fatty acid analyses on bovine milk. I’ve also had prior apiary experience including pest management, equipment maintenance, and bottling honey at Champlain College Apiary - before taking UVM’s summer beekeeping course. I am a Vermont Beekeeping Association (VBA) certified beekeeper.

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Brianna Borch
Field Technician

I am a sophomore studying Food Systems and Spanish at the University of Vermont. I am interested in ecological agriculture and fair farming practices. My work in the Vermont Bee Lab includes coordinating outreach events, securing funding for the lab and conducting research. I have past experience studying leguminous crop genetics and soil interactions. I am looking forward to becoming more involved in the VT beekeeping community this upcoming bee season!

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Teighan Shore
Field Technician

I am in my senior year at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Science with minors in Wildlife Biology and Geospatial Technologies. Over the summer I worked as a field technician for the Vermont Bee Lab studying monarch butterflies and other pollinators. I am using some of the data collected to write my Honors Thesis, which will be completed by the end of the year. I am excited about being more involved in the pollinator world and about working with the Bee Lab!

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Alexandra DeFoe
Research Assistant / Diagnostics Technician 

I am a second year biological sciences major at the University of Vermont. My work in the Vermont Bee Lab focuses on honeybee diagnostics and pathology. Additionally, I am involved in undergraduate research exploring different aspects of bumblebee and honeybee RNA virus deposition.

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Faith Novella
Research Assistant / Field and Lab Technician

I am currently in my senior year at UVM studying Wildlife Biology. I have been assisting in field and laboratory research on pollinators since 2017 and am excited to continue my work with the Vermont Bee Lab during my last year at UVM.