AAPA, American Association of Professional Apiculturists, is an organization consisting of professors, state apiarists, scientists and students who all study and work with honey bees (Apis mellifera).

The goals of the AAPA focus around three major areas: 1) Promoting communication within and between industry, academia and the beekeeping community; 2) Developing and fostering research on fundamental and applied questions to gain a greater understanding of bee biology in an aim to assist and improve the beekeeping industry; and 3) Create a venue to rapidly share new techniques and current research to advance the field.

AAPA organizes a yearly conference, the American Bee Research Conference (ABRC) which is usually in January, often together with other professional beekeepers (American Beekeeping Federation, or American Honey Producers Association, Apiary Inspectors of America).

Current Leadership:

President: Elina Niño (UC Davis)
Vice President: Michael Simone-Finstrom (USDA-Baton Rouge Honey Bee Lab)
Secretary: Maggie Couvillon (Virginia Tech)


Past Presidents:

2016-2017: Jennifer Tsuruda (Clemson University)

2015-2016: Juliana Rangel (Texas A&M)

2014-2015: Reed Johnson (The Ohio State University)

2013-2014: Zachary Huang (MSU)

2012-2013: Ramesh Sagili (Oregon State University)

2011-2012: Thomas Webster (Kentucky State University)

2010-2011: Greg Hunt (Purdue University)


Past Secretaries

2005-2011: Eric Mussen (UC Davis)

2011-2016: Lanie Bourgeois (USDA-Baton Rouge Honey Bee Lab)


This site was moved from Cornell University to Michigan State University on June 5, 2013. It was maintained by Dr. Nick Calderone at Cornell and currently by Zachary Huang at MSU.

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