ing. ACM (Bram) Cornelissenhoney bee scientist
I’ve worked in bee research at Wageningen University and Research for most of my career (20+ years), focusing on many aspects related to pollinator health and pollination. Simply because they keep on fascinating me! For the most part, I worked on honey bee and bumble bee diseases and diagnostics, of which I have a extensive knowledge. A main focus area has been the control and biology of the varroa mite, an invasive species threatening honey bee populations globally. In recent years other emerging invasive species, including the yellow-legged hornet, the tropilaelaps mite and the small hive beetle are important research subjects. The latter is part of my PhD thesis, which deals with the dispersal and survival of the SHB as an invasive species. My thesis is due to be finalized. My expertise extends towards honey bee pathogens, including viruses and microsporidia. My main interest is the interplay of honey bees and the pathogens and parasites they live with. Both behavioral as well as more practical questions, relevant for beekeepers, who sometimes struggle to keep their bees colonies alive. I have a global network of researchers and other stakeholders and I am an active member of the COLOSS-network. I have more than 50+ published and presented works for professionals and a wider public audience as well as scientific publications.
Please see my publication list to get an idea of what I do.