Current Lab Members
Dr. Juliana Rangel
Heep Center, Room 315
Department of Entomology
Office: (979) 845-1074, Campus Research Lab: (979) 845-1079
Honey Bee Research Facility-Riverside Campus (979) 862-3074
Elizabeth (Liz) Walsh
My name is Elizabeth Walsh (Liz) and I’m from rural Wisconsin. My undergraduate career was at Ripon College where I majored in Biology and English. I have been a beekeeper since I was a young high school student and I love working with honey bees! My research primarily focuses on in-hive pesticides, such as active ingredients in miticides, and how they impact queen health, physiology, and behavior.
I completed my undergraduate studies in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution at University of California, San Diego. Currently, the focus of my research is on honey bee health in urban and suburban environments.
My name is Adrian Fisher II, I did my undergraduate work at Cal Poly Pomona in zoology where I had the opportunity to participate in studies comparing pollination services provided by honey bees and native bee species. The current focus of my research is on the effects of in-hive pesticides on drone fertility, threats to colony health have been among the most pressing issues in honey bee research and insight into potential contributing factors allows us to fit more pieces to the puzzle.
Alexandria (Alex) Payne
I completed my undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University (whoop!) where I double majored in Bioenvironmental Sciences and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. My current research interest looks at how managed honey bee colonies are impacted by invasive ant species. Specifically, I want to look at how the Tawny crazy ant (Nylanderia fulva) reduces honey bee health and determine whether or not this invasive ant species can be deemed an agricultural pest.
Mr. E.T. Ash
Beekeeping Consultant and Mentor
Past Lab Members
Dr. Alejandra Gonzalez
Postdoctoral Research Associate and Molecular Laboratory Manager
Rangel Lab Apiary Manager, Instructor for Honey Bee Biology Online
I am a Texas A&M University graduate with a Master’s of Science in Entomology. My education was in Animal Science and Entomology, with entomological emphasis on systematics and biological control. Toward the end of my college career I discovered an interest in honey bees. Apiculture has finally combined my love of insects with livestock husbandry. My role in the Honey Bee Lab includes the day-to-day management of our apiary and serving as an instructor for the Honey Bee Biology course, Entomology 320. I also conduct research and assist with projects at the apiary. I love learning about honey bees and enjoy teaching others about these fascinating insects.
Dr. Tonya Shepperd
Molecular Laboratory Manager, Research Associate and Lecturer
Ms. Ashley Jones