International Speaker – Samuel (Sammy) Ramsey
Samuel Ramsey’s enduring interest in entomology started 22 years ago and shows no signs of waning. A recent Ph.D. from Dr. Dennis van Engelsdorp’s lab at the University of Maryland, College Park; Dr. Ramsey maintains a focus on how insect research can benefit the public through the development of IPM strategies and STEM-focused outreach initiatives. His award-winning research on Varroa biology has changed the standing paradigm on how this parasite feeds on and ultimately kills honey bees leading to the opportunity to share his work nationally and internationally.
Dr. Ramsey firmly believes that the ability to simply explain one’s findings to any and everyone is just as important as the ability to reach those findings in the lab; a conviction clearly borne out in his contagious excitement when giving scientific presentations. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Entomology from Cornell University in 2011 focusing his research on predatory/parasitic insect behavior.
His current work focuses on the involvement of the infamous parasitic Varroa mite in the ongoing issues with honey bee health decline and what can be done to reverse it. He’s further turned his sights on studying a lesser-known but apparently more destructive honey bee parasite, the closely related Southeast Asian Tropilaelaps mites before they arrive in the US.