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Dr. Sammy Ramsey

Entomologist

Founder and director of the Ramsey Research Foundation, Dr. Ramsey graduated with a BS in entomology from Cornell University in 2011 and focused his research on predatory and parasitic insect behavior. He cultivated an expertise in the close relationships between insects and other creatures, and dedicated his doctoral research to understanding a parasite (Varroa destructor) killing honey bees globally. He completed his formal education in Dr. Dennis van Engelsdorp’s Honey Bee Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Ramsey is striving to understand the behavior and biologies of threats to honey bee populations in isolation while developing preventative and emergency measures to preserve honey bee species at home and abroad. His current work, the Fight the Mite Initiative, was funded largely by generous support from the beekeeping community in response to his work in rehabilitating the industry. Dr. Ramsey’s award-winning research on Varroa destructor has changed the paradigm on how the parasite feeds upon, and ultimately kills, honey bees. Through social media, he simply and effectively communicates complex subject matter to inspire the next generation of curious minds to fall in love with STEM subjects, and he is intentional in advocating for equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion at the highest levels.

Dr. Sammy Ramsey
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