Andrew Byers, PhD
Senior Apiculturist/Program Lead
Andrew is the acting Senior Apiculturist and Program Lead for the Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture. Andrew will be filling in for Robyn McCallum while she is on maternity leave.
While growing up and working on farms in northern Nova Scotia, Andrew developed a lifelong interest in animal biology. Looking for opportunities to begin a career in this field, Andrew left Canada and spent over twenty years working and studying abroad. While in England, Andrew was privileged to undertake an MSc at the Royal Agricultural College, an institution that has been at the forefront of agricultural and land-based education for over 175 years. On completion of his masters, Andrew was employed in higher education at several UK higher education institutions before beginning his doctorate studies at the University of Nottingham. Andrew’s Ph.D. investigations, related to environmental pollutions and reproductive physiology, significantly progressed the field of both human and animal fertility research. Always willing to learn, Andrew has additionally completed post-graduate qualifications in pedagogy and business management.
His own research interest in environmental biology and the intrigue of colony collapse of honey bees introduced Andrew to beekeeping. On returning to the Maritime region, previous, peripheral involvement in beekeeping became more of a primary focus. He has been very pleased to support the industry through colony inspections for both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as be involved with provincial and regional associations. Always an educator, now with a focus on beekeeping, Andrew continues to teach in higher education and keeps honey bees at both his family farm in Northern Nova Scotia and in central New Brunswick.
Andrew is excited about his role and is looking forward to sharing his beekeeping knowledge with the industry in the Atlantic region.