Speakers & Presentations



Keeping the Bee in Business

Speakers & Presentations

WASBA knows that as beekeepers we never stop learning. One of the ways we keep learning is from other beekeepers, scientists, and researchers. We put this page together in order to help our Local Organizations facilitate educational speakers and presentations for their members. If you know of someone or something that would be useful to have on this page, please contact us! Thank you.


We have compiled a list of amazing speakers and presenters on all things beekeeping for your local clubs and organizations! Please review the list below and contact each individual directly to schedule a presentation or talk for your club.

2020 Conference Sessions

We were honored to have an incredible list of speakers present at the 2020 WASBA Conference on October 3rd & 4th. We have video recordings of each speaker available for clubs as a benefit of being WASBA members!

Please browse the list below of Hobbyist or Science speakers – if you would like access, please have your Club President or Head of Education send an email to info@wasba.org with the title of the requested video(s) and we will verify your membership to grant you access!


  1. Opening Remarks and Introductions
    by Kevin Oldenburg, WASBA President
  2. Keynote Address: Re-evaluating Mite Monitoring Methods
    by Randy Oliver (scientificbeekeeping.com)
  3. WSU Bee Lab Remarks
    by Dr. Steve Sheppard (Washington State University)

Hobbyist Track

  1. Working With Bees. Simple Ways to Make What You Need
    by Dr. Jennifer Short (Camino Island Honey)
  2. The Oregon Bee Project: What Statewide Pollinator Protection Looks Like on the Other Side of the Line
    by Dr. Andony Melathopolous (Oregon State University)
  3. Using Fungi to Create a Better Bee Feed
    by Dr. Nicholas Naeger (Washington State University)
  4. Opportunities and Challenges for Honey Bees in Washington
    by Tim Hiatt (Hiatt Honey)
  5. The Business End of Bees
    by Dr. Jennifer Short (Camino Island Honey)
  6. Winter Prep Begins MidSummer
    Zac Lamas (University of Maryland)
  7. Successfully Managing Various Queen IssuesL ReQueening, Introductions, Banking, Finding Virgins, Laying Workers, Assuring Quality Control, Seasonal Constraints, etc.
    by Susan Cobey (Washington State University)
  8. Honey Bee Nutrition: What We Need to Know
    by Dr. Ramesh Sagili (Oregon State University)
  9. Reading the Hive – Are Your Bees Ready for Winter?
    by Dr. Dewey Caron (University of Delaware/Oregon State University)
  10. Methods in Requeening
    by Zac Lamas (University of Maryland)

Science Track

  1. Spore, What’s It Good For? Killing Varroa with Fungi
    by Dr. Jennifer Han (Washington State University)
  2. How Does Temperature Stress Reduce Queen Quality
    by Dr. Alison McAfee (North Carolina State University)
  3. Indoor Queen Banking to Improve Supply and Better Meet Demand
    by Dr. Brandon Hopkins (Washington State University)
  4. Q&A with Keynote Speaker Randy Oliver
    Science Track – Oct. 3, 2020
  5. Varroa Update from Oregon State University
    by Dr. Ramesh Sagili (Oregon State University)
  6. Continuing Loses of WA Beekeepers; A 10-Year Survey of Backyarders
    Dr. Dewey Caron (University of Delaware/Oregon State University)
  7. Q&A with Andony Melathopolous, Randy Oliver, & Dewey Caron
    Science Track – Oct. 3, 2020
  8. Toward a Pollinator-Friendly Ecosystem
    by Dr. Tim Lawrence (Washington State University)
  9. Can We Do a Better Job of Diagnosing Queen Failure?
    by Dr. Alison McAfee (North Carolina State University)
  10. A Test of Summer Mite Treatments
    by Randy Oliver (ScientificBeekeeping.com)
  11. Q&A Sunday Morning
    Science Track – Oct. 3, 2020
  12. The (Considerable) Obstacles to Increasing Bee Pasture in the PNW
    by Dr. Andony Melathopolous (Oregon State University)
  13. Asian Giant Hornet Update
    by Svin-Erik Spichiger (WSDA)

LEAD for Pollinators Educational Presentations

A LEAD for Pollinators presentation is perfect for beekeepers, gardeners, school groups (ages 12 through college), community and environmental groups. View their list of two dozen topics and schedule them for your next member meeting or educational event.