As Apiculturist for the Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture, Monica is excited to support this region’s beekeeping industry. Monica has a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the University of Guelph. After graduating in 2019, Monica worked as part of the Technology Adaptation Team for the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission (SBDC). With the SBDC, she supported practical honeybee research focusing on pest monitoring strategies, treatment product comparisons and minimizing bio-security risks. Monica has obtained apiculture experience in Ontario, where she worked as a research assistant for the University of Guelph, supporting hoary squash bee research and honeybee research projects. In addition to her research skills, Monica has hands-on beekeeping experience from her time working for a commercial beekeeping and queen rearing operation in Ontario.
Monica has a background in field research and has supported various projects, such as ungulate parasite surveys in Alberta and using honeybees as bio-control vectors on berry farms in Ontario. Monica has also designed and delivered educational courses such as a wetlands-themed escape room with the BC Wildlife Federation and teaching elementary school students about honeybees through Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan.