Samuel Ramsey, PhD has been a lifelong entomologist. His interests in all things insects started in his youth–and included both his parents’ encouragement as well as his siblings’ displeasure! He continued his studies at Cornell and just recently completed his PhD at the University of Maryland under Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp.
Dr. Ramsey made headlines earlier this year with the publication of his doctoral research on the feeding behaviors of the Varroa destructor mite on the honey bee. Dr. Ramsey studied what was thought to be a closed subject and proved that the Varroa was not feeding primarily on the bee’s blood, but rather a liver-like organ called the ‘Fat Body’.