Audubon Naturalist Society 2018 Annual Meeting

Please join us Thursday, October 18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for an educational, inspirational, and entertaining presentation by Dr. Samuel Ramsey, aka Dr. Buggs, titled Pollinator Stress Relief: How We can Help.  The evening will also include recognition of volunteers and Natural History Field Studies graduates, election of members to the ANS Board, and a light buffet supper. RSVP to this free event by October 15 to carol.hayes@anshome.org, or call (301) 652-9188 x 10.

About Dr. Samuel Ramsey

ANS is honored to have as our 2018 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Dr. Samuel Ramsey, who is changing the world of science with his brilliant research on what’s killing honeybees and trademark wit when it comes to communicating complex subjects to non-scientists. Dr. Ramsey, also known as Dr. Buggs for his YouTube science video series, recently completed his Ph.D. with Dr. Dennis van Englsdorp’s Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. He studied entomology at Cornell University as an undergraduate, focusing on predatory/parasitic insect behavior.

According to The Graduate School, University of Maryland, “Ramsey’s research has been on a tiny parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, which is the single biggest contributor to the decline in health of honey populations worldwide. For nearly 50 years, researchers have believed that the mite fed on the hemolymph (the “blood”) of the honey bee. Ramsey has done extensive research on the feeding habits and nutrition of the Varroa mite that provides strong evidence that this model is incorrect, and that current methods of controlling the parasite are not only ineffective but contribute to pesticide resistance.

Ramsey’s discovery will enable researchers to develop more targeted control techniques that could help restore honey bee populations worldwide.”

Dr. Ramsey's gift for researching and communicating complicated scientific findings is on display in this award-winning video dissertation on Varroa destructor, a parasitic mite that feeds on honey bees. Dr. Ramsey's extensive research presented strong evidence that more than 50 years of thinking about this destructive parasite was wrong. His discovery could lead to better techniques that could help restore honey bees worldwide populations worldwide.

Below is a video from Dr. Ramsey's "Doctor Buggs" YouTube channel describing the threat to bee populations across the globe.