Dr. Richard Fell to Serve as Pollinator Health Advisor
NPMA and the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) are pleased to announce Dr. Richard Fell has been retained to serve as the organizations' Pollinator Health Advisor. In this role, Dr. Fell will provide counsel on NPMA™s public policy work on pollinators and support public and media messaging on pollinators for PPMA. Dr. Fell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University. His research and teaching interests are in Apiculture and Insect Behavior. His recent research projects have involved the study of a honey bee pathogen, Nosema ceranae, the within colony distribution of the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, the effects of pesticides and pesticide residues on honey bee health, and the pollination of cultivated crops. Dr. Fell has been also responsible for beekeeping extension programs in Virginia and has given over 300 presentations to beekeeper associations and taught over 150 apiculture short courses and workshops. In addition, he has over 70 scientific and technical publications. He has received several prestigious teaching awards, including the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Entomology Society of America. He is also the past Chair of the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence.