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Samantha Alger, PhD

I am an ecologist specializing in pollinators with one foot in research and another in consulting. I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont where I teach beekeeping, conduct research on bee disease, and direct the Vermont Bee Lab.

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Sydney Miller
Lead Technician

I am the lead research technician and help to oversee the lab and field work at the VT Bee Lab. I am also a Master's student in the Plant and Soil Science Department at UVM. My research involves investigating UBeeO quantified hygienic behavior and its interaction with Nosema in honey bees. I am also investigating the biological relationship between honey bees and moss and fern species in Vermont.

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Cailin Barrett
Technician and Social Media Coordinator

Since 2022, I've worked for the Vermont Bee Lab as a research technician and managed social media pages. I received my undergraduate degree in 2024 from the University of Vermont in agroecology and sustainable landscape design.

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P. Alexander Burnham, PhD
Technical Advisor

I am a data scientist and computer programmer in the University Vermont's department of biology. My work focusses on understanding disease transmission between bumblebees and honeybees through a combination of mathematical modeling, lab experiments and field surveys. In addition to my work with pollinators, I am part of a research collaboration between UVM and UMaine that is examining how climate change will affect wild plant and animal communities, agriculture, and by extension, the human populations that rely upon them.