Brian Johnson is new apiculturist at UC Davis
Bee behavior expert Brian Johnson.
University of California, Davis
Honeybee researcher and apiculturist Dr. Brian Johnson has joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis. He is based at the Harry Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility.
Johnson said he hopes that UC Davis can be at the forefront on the endeavor to control colony collapse disorder and understand what factors underlie a healthy or unhealthy population of honeybees.
Johnson was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in California and Nebraska, according to a press release. He earned a bachelor’s degree in ecology, behavior, and evolution from UC San Diego in 1998 and received a doctorate in behavior biology from Cornell University in 2004. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral fellow at UC San Diego and the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. He was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley for the past two years. He has written extensively on the behavior of bees.
With the addition of Johnson, UC Davis is rebuilding its bee biology program following the retirement of professors Norman Gary, Robbin Thorp, Robert Page, Jr., and Christine Peng during the last couple of decades. Johnson joins Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, native pollinator specialist Neal Williams, bee geneticists Susan Cobey and Kim Fondrk, and beekeeper Elizabeth Frost.