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Dr. Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with University of California, Davis.

Dr. Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with University of California, Davis.

The California State Beekeepers Association has presented a special recognition award to Dr. Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with University of California, Davis, for 38 years of work and support. He will retire in June.

Mussen was born in Schenectady, New York, and received his bachelor’s degree in entomology from the University of Massachusetts (after turning down an offer to play football at Harvard).

He received his master’s degree and doctorate in entomology from the University of Minnesota. He joined the UC Davis faculty in 1976 and became a worldwide authority on honeybees.

He has devoted his research and extension work towards improving honeybee health and colony management practices, working with growers, consumers, farm advisors, scientists, beekeepers, researchers, and pesticide regulators.