Current Lab Members
Dr. Juliana Rangel
Dr. Juliana Rangel
Associate Professor of Apiculture
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
412 Minnie Belle Heep, 2475 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2475
Tel. 979.845.1074; Fax 979.845.6305
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.
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.
Taylor Reams, M.S.
Ph. D. Student
Mr. E.T. Ash
Beekeeping Consultant and Mentor
Texas A&M University’s Tech Transfer Team Leader
Bee Informed Partnership
My first real introduction to beekeeping was learning on the job on a bee farm in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, Canada; I’ve been hooked ever since. I have also had the chance to work a season for a large beekeeping operation in New Zealand, where one of the neat things we did was to ship package bees back to Canada. My work experience is mostly in production agriculture, and I have a B.S. in Biology from Acadia University. I grew up in Sweden and Atlantic Canada.
Since arriving in Texas it has been so interesting to meet commercial beekeepers that operate out of the state. It is such a treat to work in step with the seasons and in the middle of a dynamic environment. I am excited to be in a role where I can help bee farmers to respond in time to the challenges that come out of this changing environment.
Past Lab Members
Adrian Fisher – Graduated 2017. Now a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Arizona State University.
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.
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