ROBYN McCALLUM, Ph.D., P.Ag.
Apiculturist – ATTTA Program Lead
As part of the Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture, Robyn works with beekeepers and lowbush blueberry growers to build the pollination capacity within the region.
She completed her BSc and PhD from Dalhousie University, where her research focused on enhancing lowbush blueberry systems for pollinators and natural enemies. She is also a Professional Agrologist (PAg) and a professional apiculturist with the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA).
Robyn sits on multiple agricultural boards, including the New Brunswick Young Farmers’ Forum and Dalhousie University Faculty of Agricultural Alumni Association. She also farms in New Brunswick.
As part of her PhD and work with ATTTA, Robyn has presented at grower meetings, both regionally and nationally, as well as scientific conferences and workshops. Her passion is working with farmers to advance agriculture and pollinator health in Atlantic Canada. She is interested in different communication strategies to transfer knowledge to meet the needs of industry.
Robyn participated in the 2014 American Museum of Natural History ‘Bee Course’ at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona. There she studied bee diversity, identification and conservation with leading bee researchers. She was also the Canadian student delegate for the Chicago Council of Global Affairs 2014 Food Security Symposium in Washington, D. C.
Robyn`s strengths include pollinator identification and management, habitat management, written and oral communication, and extension education. She enjoys working with farmers collaboratively to share the positive message of Atlantic Canada`s agricultural industry.