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.
Senior Beekeeper: Gabrielle Discafani
Gabrielle is a graduating senior at GW, majoring in Classical Studies and minoring in Biological Anthropology. She is proud to be serving as the apiary’s Senior Beekeeper for a second year, and as its Public BEElations Media Coordinator, the admin of the GW Buzz website. She is from a small town in New Jersey, and continues to be amazed by the honey bees’ personalities and resilience. She hopes to complete research on them this coming summer.
Junior Beekeeper: Kayla Schwartz
Kayla is a rising junior at GW majoring in Biology with a minor in Biological Anthropology. Growing up on Long Island, New York, she grew passionate about nature, spending her time traveling, camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, and kayaking. She soon became fascinated by ecology and evolution because of their interconnections with all aspects of the biological world. Kayla first became interested in studying honey bees when she learned of their importance in agriculture, and was excited to explore more about their connections with the environment. She began working in the bee lab during her sophomore year with the Pheromone team, a group of students studying the effects of artificial pheromones on learning and aversive behavior. She is excited to continue her work in the lab as its Junior Beekeeper, and is excited to research Varroa destructor mites’ impact on hives this summer.
Justin Butera, Behavior Team Summers 2015-2016
Justin is a graduating senior from Ashburn, VA. He is majoring in Biology at GW. Even as a child he was interested in animals and nature. He became interested in bee research because it involves working closely with the bees. He is studying bee immune systems and hopes to learn more about how they work and if pesticides negatively affect the bees’ immune system’s ability to fight off infection.
Madison Hertzog, Larvae Team Summer 2016
Michelle Ahn, Venom Team Summer 2015, Larvae Team and Co-Junior Beekeeper Summer 2016
Michelle is a rising senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Human Anatomy. Since 3rd grade, she has lived in Clifton, VA, a quiet town surrounded by trees and wildlife. Not only does she garden with her grandparents, but she is also a member of her community’s bee-safe neighborhood. Since she came to GWU, her curiosity for honeybees grew, leading her to become an undergraduate researcher. Currently, she is working on the Larvae team, which focuses on the dual effect of pesticides and bacteria on the development of honeybees and their immune system.
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
Katherine Berry, 2012-2014
Yana Melnikova, 2011-2013
Max Kollmer, 2012-2013
Esther Schenau, Summer 2013