Meet the Research Team

Dr. Hartmut Doebel

Hartmut Doebel is the head of the beekeeping and research team.  Dr. Doebel started this five-year-old program with a passion for honeybees and beekeeping, which he had learned as a college student in his native Germany.  By partnering with local restaurant Founding Farmers, he was able to dive into further research with a focus on honeybee behavior and how diseases and pesticides affect normal bee behavior.  What started as an anchor to get students excited about biology turned into a growing research program to further the knowledge about these widespread and important pollinators.

When Professor Doebel is not working on honeybees and his bee team, he focuses on his research in teaching and learning as well as how to implement active learning techniques into his courses.

Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1996.

Adele Queener: Senior Beekeeper, Ecology Team Senior Investigator 2019

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Adele is a recent graduate of GW, with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Sustainability. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Adele grew up in a family of scientists and quickly adopted a love for the outdoors. Learning Spanish early in school sparked a strong interest in foreign culture that eventually grew into a fascination with humanity itself. Combining a love of human culture and ecology, Adele hopes to study humanity’s impact on the environment and find solutions for a more sustainable future in agriculture. Recognizing bees as key pollinators, Adele is excited to be a beekeeper and researcher for a second summer in 2019.

Camille Leoni: Junior Beekeeper, Ecology Team Senior Investigator 2019
Camille is a Junior at GW majoring in biology and is a member of the University Honors Program. Born and raised in the North Coast of California, Camille’s interest in all things science flourished alongside the natural beauty of the West Coast. She has independently studied the condition of her hometown’s water ecosystem and is eager to explore the biodiversity of Washington, D.C. this summer.

Fiona Lupi-Peate: Junior Beekeeper, Ecology Team 2019
Fiona is an incoming junior at GW, looking to get her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Biological Anthropology. Coming from Colorado, she grew up surrounded by the wonders of nature and has always has a fascination for the way the world works. Her particular interest lies in paleontology and the connections of earths past, present, and future through the deep time of earth’s crust. Her curiosity for the wonders of life and love for environment are just a few reasons why she is very excited to be a beekeeper and researcher this summer, 2019, and in the future.

Caitlin Magro: Bee Team Senior Investigator 2019
Caitlin Magro is a senior at the University of Virginia majoring in Biology and Anthropology. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Caitlin has always been interested in biology and the natural sciences. She is excited to apply this passion to the work of the Doebel lab and the cause of improved honey bee health. In the future, Caitlin hopes to explore more solutions to those problems that are impacting both the environment and public health.

Farhana Alam: Bee Team Investigator 2019
Farhana Alam is a freshman at the George Washington University. Growing up in Washington DC, she’s noticed the small number of parks in the city and has been interested in the preserving the green spaces scattered across the city. Farhana enjoys taking walks through the parks and has a tendency to connect with nature and all its forms. When not cramming in the library, she can be found writing poetry, hosting art shows or catching up on sleep.

Hans Theiler: Bee Team Investigator 2019
Hans is a Junior at the University of Virginia double majoring in Biology and Environmental Science. Growing up in Boise, Idaho, Hans accrued a love for nature and its encompassing biology while hiking, river rafting, and mountain biking in the surrounding forests. Now, he intends to do research on the life sciences and hopes he can apply his particular focuses in evolutionary biology and ecology. Hans has experience in an Environmental Science lab studying the ecological challenges being faced by the solitary bee species Osmia lignaria. He also has interests in soccer, skiing, and sustainability. He is incredibly excited to apply his knowledge of the life sciences to real-world problems, and most of all, to save the bees!

Harrison Ng: Bee Team Investigator 2019
Harrison is a sophomore at GW majoring in biology. From the rural town of Freehold, New Jersey, Harrison has always enjoyed the outdoors. His love of sciences stems from his time as part of the medical sciences program at his high school. This program allowed him to appreciate not only science and research but also nature and wildlife. The honey bee situation became apparent to him when he took a tour of many botanical observatories in Europe and learned of the colony collapse disorder affecting Apis mellifera. Dr. Doebel and the team have proven that they know how to handle colonies of these pollinators time and time again and Harrison is excited to be part of GW Buzz.

Allison Cameron: Bee Team Investigator 2019
Allison Cameron is a sophomore at GW majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Emergency Health Services. Originally from New Jersey, Allison grew up by the shore and developed a strong interest into the marine environment around her. Her fascination for marine biology grew into a passion for various different aspects of environmental science. Now, Allison is excited to apply her environmental science passion to the lab and looks forward to helping our honey bee populations.


Past Researchers:

Kayla Shwartz: Investigator, Senior Beekeeper 2017-2018


Junior Beekeeper: James McConnell, CCD Team 2018

Jordan Griffin: CCD Team 2018

Caitlin Magro: CCD Team 2018

Hannah Minor: CCD Team 2018

Jeton (Jet) Capani: CCD Team 2018

Camille Leoni: Ecology Team 2018

Eleanor Paul: Ecology Team 2018

Sasha Bilal, Varroa Team 2017

Gabrielle Discafani: Media Coordinator 2015, Senior beekeeper 2016-2017


Justin Butera, Behavior Team Summers 2015-2016


Madison Hertzog, Larvae Team Summer 2016

Michelle Ahn, Venom Team Summer 2015, Larvae Team and Co-Junior Beekeeper Summer 2016


McKenzie Gray, Behavior Team Summer 2015


Shalini Amrit Sudama, Queen Team Summer 2015, Drone Sperm Team Summer 2016


Tara McCloskey, Queen Team Summer 2015, Drone Sperm Team Summer 2016


Mannat Sawhney, Queen Team Summer 2015, Larvae Team Summer 2016


Sophie Jeong, Pheromone Team Summer 2016

Tahlia Price-Rivera, Pheromone Team Summer 2016

Nazeef Vasaya, Behavior Team Summer 2016

Nico Deflorio, Queen Team Summer 2015, Drone Sperm Team Summer 2016

Olivia Dominguez, Behavior Team Summer 2016

Donald Anyanwu, Behavior Team Summer 2016

Emilie Lemieux, Behavior Team Summer 2016

Ideen Modarres, Queen Team Summer 2016

Jasmina Abdalla, Drone Sperm Team Summer 2016

Jonah Heller, Behavior Team Summers 2015-2016

Devi Alaparthi, Queen Team Summer 2016

Carolina Cardoso, Queen Team Summer 2016

Audra Fain, Early Summer 2016

Monica Boedigheimer, Junior Beekeeper and Drone Sperm Team Summer 2016

Randy Alsabe, Beehavior Team Early Summer 2016

Mehreen Arif, Senior Beekeeper and Pesticide Team 2014-2016


Michael Stover, Pesticide Team 2014-2016


Priyanka Koti, 3D Printing Team Summer 2015


Kaleabe Abebe, Pesticide Team Summer 2015


Gerry Quinnan, 3D Printing Team Summer 2015


Dennis Khodasevich, Venom Team Summer 2015

Carly Sherman, Pesticide Team Summer 2015


Victoria Doheny, Sound Team Summer 2015

Roma Patel, Sound Team Summer 2015

Abigail Thorpe, Sound Team Summer 2015

Liam Douglass, Junior Beekeeper 2015

Elizabeth Young, Immune Team Summer 2015


Ryan Gunnison, Pesticide Team Summers 2014 & 2015


Anaïs Di Via Ioschpe, Venom Team Summer 2015


Amber McLeod, 2014-2015

Hannah Cox


Kyle Kurland

Brooke Talbot


Saveena Veeramoothoo

Ricky Zhu


Katherine Berry, 2012-2014


Yana Melnikova, 2011-2013

Max Kollmer, 2012-2013


Esther Schenau, Summer 2013




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  3. Does your lab also research native Native Apoidea or the sustainable pollination/native-based pollination paradigms?

    My name is Nick Stewart, & I’ve been conducting a large scale assessment of native pollination services for entomophilous agriculture and a bio-Inventory of native bees for the last four years in North Georgia apple orchards. Am interested in a graduate program/lab PI which I could pursue my phd under in the Baltimore-DC-VA area – any suggestions beyond Dr Inouye (University of MD) or Dr Roulston (University of VA)?

    Nick Stewart

    • Mr. Stewart,

      As of right now The George Washington University does not have a program like that available but we are in the process of creating one. There are many other available opportunities at GW, so I would look into our school. Good luck in your future endeavors.


    • 5/29/14
      I am w/the West Georgia Native Plant Society in Carrollton, GA, and would like to extend an invitation for you to participate in our Fall Workshop to be held on September 20, 2014, if you would be available.
      Please contact me asap @ 770-363-7410.
      Thanking you.
      Kathy Baker

  4. Hello!

    I am a Public History graduate student at AU and I am working in a group charged with creating a pop up exhibit for the Smithsonian Gardens that focuses on the history of honey bees and their importance as pollinators. My group and I were wondering if we could talk with some of your researchers?

    Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide!

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