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About the Instructors:

Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk received his Ph.D. in insect ethology (behavior) from Montana State University.  He co-founded Bee Alert Technology in 2003 and is the statewide director of Montana's EPSCoR program (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). His research focuses on insect behavior, ecotoxicology, population dynamics, and environmental chemistry.  The Montanan magazine published an article about Dr. Bromenshenk's research.

Scott Debnam is a graduate of The University of Montana Wildlife Biology program and has 12 years experience managing the research colonies for the University. He has extensive expertise with honey bee ailments and pests, as well as an intimate knowledge of the insects that he is eager to pass on to others.

Phillip Welch has a broad skill-set based in the natural sciences and coupled with years of experience managing honey bees for agriculture and for scientific studies.  Phil is a graduate of the University of Montana Biology program.  He has participated in research at Sandia National Labs, The University of Montana, and Bee Alert Technology.  These studies ranged from training bees to find land mines to finding better ways of monitoring hive health for commercial beekeepers.  Phillip is also a backyard-beekeeper who enjoys the benefits of pollination in his family garden and orchard.

  • School of Extended & Lifelong Learning
  • The University of Montana
  • 32 Campus Drive
  • Missoula, MT  59812
  • Phone: (406) 243-2900
  • Fax: (406) 243-2047
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