Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA) April Monthly Meeting


Apr 11 2023


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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The Big Island Beekeepers Association’s (BIBA) mission is ​to assist fellow beekeepers; to educate beekeepers and the public in matters related to honey bees and beekeeping; to cooperate in marketing honey bee products; to provide community service related to bee issues; to promote beekeeping by creating a positive image of honey bees, beekeeping and bee products.

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This month we will be hosting Entomology PhD student Dylan Ryals of Purdue University. His talk will focus on an ongoing project to catalog the population genetics of honey bees across the United States. He will share preliminary results, discuss potential outcomes, and outline how Hawaiian beekeepers can participate in the study.

Speaker Bio

Dylan Ryals is a honey bee researcher with experience working as a beekeeper on commercial pollination and queen-rearing apiaries. He is a current PhD student under Dr. Brock Harpur at Purdue University where he studies honey bee genetics and breeding. His research focuses on bee genetic diversity and structure across the United States and how genetics influence traits of interest in the unique social setting. Eventually, he aims to develop tools to assist honey bee breeders in selection and management decisions that continuously improve the health and productivity of bee populations. 

This month we will be conducting our HYBRID meeting format- Both online via Zoom and in person at the Kamana Senior Center in Hilo (127 Kamana Dr., Hilo HI 96720). Presentation will begin at 6PM Hawaii time to accommodate our guest speaker! (Doors at Kamana will open around 5:30PM, potluck from 5:30-6PM).


  • Event Area: East Hawaiʻi, South Hawaiʻi, West Hawaiʻi, North Hawaiʻi

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