Honey Bee Lab Technicians
Nicholas started work with the Honey Bee Lab in 2007 while an undergraduate at Gainesville State College. He continued as a technician with the Honey Bee Lab after transferring to the Biology program at the University of Georgia. Now, Nicholas is a full-time Research Tech II and field supervisor in the day-to-day management of the Lab's ongoing research programs. He is greatly appreciated by the lab technicians under his direction for his knowledge, patience and perseverence.
Nicholas gained statewide notoriety in the media in 2011 when he stood up to the Forsyth County (GA) Board of Commissioners to fight their knee-jerk intention to outlaw beekeeping from residential homeowners. Their proposal had been in response to certain outspoken individuals who felt threatened when they saw honey bee boxes in their neighbor's yard. The Commissioners' strategy was to manipulate the zoning laws and attempt to define our fuzzy, yellow, environmental partners as "livestock"!?!
At one particularly boisterous meeting, a myopic Forsyth County citizen, who felt that her rights were being infringed upon by trespassing honey bees drinking out of the bird bath in her backyard, literally threw a ziplock bag of dead bees (that she had killed and collected especially for the meeting to substantiate her appeal against pollinators) and hit Nicholas with it. Despite this assault and the many harsh words from this and other uninformed, yet well-intentioned, alarmists, Nicholas didn't budge an inch in his resolve to protect our docile European honey bees and our environment. Much to the benefit of beekeepers across Georgia who have faced similar legal issues, and to the benefit of all Georgia citizens who enjoy eating vector-pollinated fruits, nuts, and vegetables, Nicholas eventually won the hard-fought contest.
Nicholas is the youngest person to have earned the Welsh Honey Judge certification, and he earned the highest score of anyone to take the GA-MPB Master Beekeeper written exam. Nicholas continues his efforts in community service as an ambassador of beekeeping to the general public.
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. He obtains these colonies regularly by removing bees from homes, offices and other buildings.
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. 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, and works in the apiaries on large-scale efforts such as moving bees, splitting hives and setting up new research projects.
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.