Gahan Associate Professor, Entomology and Nematology Department
Dr. Ellis heads the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory. He created the UF, South Florida and Caribbean Bee Colleges, and the UF Master Beekeeper Program. Dr. Ellis and his team conduct research in the areas of honey bee management, bee conservation and ecology, and crop pollination.
Lab personnel currently study honey bee diseases and pests, as well as general best practices related to nutrition, pollination and honey production. Furthermore, Dr. Ellis investigates honey bee genetic diversity to understand how to conserve the various types of honey bees that live around the world.
Bees are responsible for pollinating many crops and are an important part of how farmers grow food. The Honey Bee Lab extends research to growers and beekeepers by helping them create bee habitat and promote crop pollination. This summer, Dr. Ellis and his team plan to open a new lab facility on the University of Florida campus. This new facility will be the new house for the UF/IFAS honey bee research, extension, and instruction program.
When he’s not in the lab or in the field, Dr. Ellis teaches courses in beekeeping, and supervises undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students.