UC-Davis bee expert to receive alumni award

Kathy Keatley Garvey/UC Davis Department of Entomology Eric Mussen, extension apiculturist at the University of California-Davis Department of Entomology, is recognized as the nation’s honeybee guru. He says the decline of the honeybee population and increase of mysterious colony collapse disorder keeps him busy.

DAVIS, Calif. -- Honey bee expert Eric Mussen, an extension apiculturist and university faculty member here since 1976, has received an award from his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.

Mussen was named the recipient of the 2013 Alexander Hodson Graduate Alumni Award and will be honored in a ceremony May 30. The award was established in 1998 to recognize outstanding alumni.

The native of Schenectady, N.Y., is considered by his peers as one of the most respected and influential professional apiculturists in the nation. His past awards have included California Beekeeper of the Year in 2006 and the American Association of Professional Apiculturists' Award of Excellence in Extension Apiculture in 2007.

Mussen plans to retire from the University of California-Davis in June 2014.

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