Norman Carreck

Science Director
Senior Editor Journal of Apicultural Research

Norman Carreck has been a member of IBRA since the early 1990s. He became Senior Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research in 2007 and Science Director in 2009. He has lectured about bees on all continents where bees are kept, has written many scientific papers, book chapters, conference contributions and popular articles. He has edited several books and regularly appeared in the media in many countries.

Norman has kept bees since he was 15. He read Agricultural Science at Nottingham University, and joined Rothamsted Research in 1987. Between 1991 and 2006 he was apiculturalist there, responsible for maintaining about 80 colonies of honey bees, and involved in research on bee pathology, bee behaviour and pollination ecology. He has since worked on aspects of bee breeding and hygienic bees, as well continuing his interest in the effects of agrochemicals on bees with Francis Ratnieks at the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects the University of Sussex, UK.

Norman gained the National Diploma in Beekeeping in 1996, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society in 2004, and a Fellow of the Society of Biology in 2011. He is a member of the Technical and Environmental Committee of the British Beekeepers Association, a trustee of the C B Dennis British Beekeepers Research Trust, sits on the Examinations Board for the National Diploma in Beekeeping, is a member of the Defra “Bee Health Advisory Forum”, and the UK member of the Executive Committee of the international honey bee research association COLOSS.

Norman is based at the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Sussex.

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Talk: "Science for the thinking beekeeper" at National Honey Show 2013.

Talk: "Twenty one years of varroa in the UK - What have we learned?" at Apimondia 2013 (about 1 h 39m in).

Dr Silke Stach

Assistant Editor, Journal of Apicultural Research

Silke Stach became Assistant Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research in 2012, and is also a freelance author, translator and editor with a specialisation on scientific literature.

She studied biology in Berlin and started to work on behaviour and neurobiology of honey bees at an early stage of her studies. She worked on projects on navigation in honey bees with Prof. Randolf Menzel, and did her PhD with Prof. Martin Giurfa, director of the Centre de la Recherche sur la Cognition Animale, in Toulouse France. Her PhD was about categorisation of visual stimuli in bees. In a post doc position she studied the hygienic behaviour of Apis mellifera with respect to varroa, with the aim to find the genetic basis of this trait in collaboration with Prof. Martin Beye, University of Düsseldorf. In 2009 she moved to Switzerland with her family. Her partner is Dr Jochen Pflugfelder, with whom she has a daughter.  

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Associate Editors

Dr Birgit Lichenberg-Kraag


Länderinstitut für Bienenkunde, Hohen Neuendorf , Germany.

Birgit Lichenberg-Kraag became an Associate Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research in 2014.

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Dr Kate Aronstein

United States Department of Agriculture, Baton Rouge, USA.

Kate Aronstein became an Associate Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research in 2015.

Kate began her undergraduate education at the Moscow Agricultural Academy, former USSR. She continued her graduate and Postdoctoral research at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, USA focusing on insect neurobiology, toxicology and molecular mechanisms of pesticide resistance. As a new scientist, she was recruited by the US Department of Defense to implement her expertise on prevention and containment of the vector-transmitted infectious diseases.  She worked on the development of a strategy to control leishmania by disruption the intracellular metabolic pathways in the leishmania parasite. After joining the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Texas, she has been working for many years on problems related to honey bee health, including molecular aspects of honey bee immune responses to bacterial and fungal pathogens and mechanisms of intracellular signalling underlying insects’ immune and stress responses. She is currently working as Research Molecular Biologist in the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics & Physiology Laboratory, Louisiana, focusing on honey bee genomics and marker-assisted selection (MAS), a critical component in developing disease and pest resistance in bees.

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Prof. Irfan Kandemir

University of Ankara, Turkey.

Irfan Kandemir became an Associate Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research in 2013.

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