Bee expert has dual appointment
Bee breeder Susan Cobey will spend half her time working with WSU’s Mount Vernon research station.
Susan Cobey trains beekeepers on how to maintain healthy colonies for pollination.
University of California, Davis
Geneticist Dr. Susan Cobey, who is a bee breeder at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis, recently accepted a dual appointment and will divide her time between the University of California and Washington State University.
She will spend half her time as a honeybee research extension associate with WSU’s Mount Vernon research station and half as a UC Davis staff research associate. She will continue to work on enhancing domestic honeybee breeding stock and improving colony health. A major focus of her dual appointment is to expand the collaborative effort to enhance domestic honeybee breeding stocks by incorporating germplasm collected from bees around the world. Genetic diversity is critical to maintaining healthy honeybee populations, she believes.
Cobey has been with UC Davis since 2007 and has collaborated with WSU apiculturist Steve Sheppard on a bee stock improvement project.
Earlier this year, her husband Tim Lawrence, formerly with UC Davis, was appointed director of WSU’s Island County Extension. The couple lives in Island County.