On Wednesday May 30th at 7:00 pm at the Bethlehem Library’s Leever room,  Brenna Traver, PhD  will lead a discussion on the importance of honey bees and why we should be concerned about their declining populations.

Some of the topics to be discussed are: what we mean when we say “bee”; how humans have developed a vital relationship with these creatures and why we should care about them.  And she will look at major factors thought to be involved in their declining populations and what we can all do to help.

Dr Traver grew up in Bethlehem, and is a graduate of Region 14 schools and Eastern Connecticut State University.  She received her PhD in Entomology from Virginia Tech in 2011, and remained at Virginia Tech following the receipt of a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the impact of different in-hive pesticides on pathogens and immunity in honey bees.  In 2014 she accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Biology at Penn State Schuylkill, where she teaches various molecular and genetics courses; and continues to focus on how pathogens, specifically Nosema ceranae, are impacting honey bee colonies.