Honey Bee Lab Technicians
Philip Quinn is a certified GA-MBP Master Beekeeper from Atlanta, GA. He maintains multiple apiaries (bee farms) made up largely of feral bee colonies obtained from performing bee removals from properties.
Philip is a two-term past President and “2011 Beekeeper of the Year” of the Tara Beekeepers Association in Forest Park, GA. He is a current member of the Georgia Beekeepers Association and Eastern Apicultural Society. He has served as a presenter at various public beekeeping courses and workshops over the years, and is an instructor at the annual Young Harris Beekeeping Institute. He also speaks to beekeeping clubs, garden clubs, schools and other groups on various honey bee, beekeeping and pollination topics.
At the UGA Honey Bee Lab, Philip manages the website, edits and contributes to professional publications, compiles and analyzes research data, as well as develops and administers project management software. His other duties include coordinating the annual YHC-UGA Beekeeping Institute, grading the Master Beekeeper Program exams, and maintaining the Master Beekeeper Program historical records. Philip joins in the apiary work on large-scale initiatives such as queen rearing, moving bees, splitting hives and setting up new research projects. He has contributed directly to the collection of research data over the years through lab and fieldwork, including dissections and microscopy.
Ben is one of the newest members of the bee lab team and aids in both lab and field work. He earned his undergraduate degree in sociology, and is both an eagle scout and member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.
Since graduating from the University of Georgia in May of 2011, Ben has been pursuing his passions in both painting and music. He hopes to be able to pursue the arts on a full-time basis one day.
Tabitha was the 2012 & 2013 Administrative Assistant for the UGA/Young Harris Beekeeping Institute. She is a focused, diligent worker who could be found solving crises at every turn throughout the weekend events.
She is a recent graduate of the University of North Georgia (formerly NGCSU), with a Bachelor's Degree in English with concentration in writing and publication, and a minor in Studio Art.
Tabitha is a graphic designer for a national institute, and she also works as a freelance artist.