January 13, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guest speaker Scott Debnam will present “Colony Monitoring Using Thermal Imaging” on January 13, 2021 at 7 pm.
The Zoom link will be emailed to all club members the day before the presentation.
Scott is a graduate of the University of Montana Wildlife Biology program and has 20 years of experience managing the University of Montana’s research colonies. He completed his Master’s degree in Pollination ecology in 2016 through The University of Montana’s Organismal Biology, Ecology, & Evolution program and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the Division of Biological Sciences. His research focuses on nest thermoregulation and the economics associated with thermoregulation. He, of course, uses the honeybee as the model species for this research. Scott is a Yale Scientific Teaching fellow that possesses extensive expertise with honey bee ailments and pests. He possesses an intimate knowledge of the insects that he is eager to pass on to others. To that end, he has been an instructor for the University of Montana Online Master beekeeping program for six years, instructing over a thousand students from 11 different countries. He is a recipient of the 2019 UPCEA award for outstanding online education. He began teaching the Practical Beekeeping online course for Umass Amherst in 2019 and is delighted to bring his expertise to the University of Massachusetts Sustainable Food and Farming program.