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Ecology, evolution, and systematics of bees.
Pollination, both general and applied.
Biology and management of bee parasites.
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION NOTICE
I am honored to write letters of recommendation for students seeking employment or further education. HOWEVER, please not the following BEFORE you ask:
My philosophy is that if you are worth recommending, you are worth a strong recommendation. I write strong supporting letters or none.
I would prefer that you will have been a former or current student in one of my classes. If you did not attain a grade of 3.5 or better it may be difficult for me to recommend you.
If our association is other than student/teacher, you should have achieved something else noteworthy under my direction.
IF I ACCEPT YOUR REQUEST, please do the following to streamline the process:
1) Re-introduce yourself and get my permission. Email is OK, but it may take a while for me to respond during my non-teaching terms.
2) Prepare to have a brief meeting in person so we can touch bases. I will want to discuss your experience in my course(s) and what you have been up to since then.
3) Supply me with a resume, CV, or statement plus ALL appropriate forms and instructions from the institutions to which you are applying. Clip together in bundles corresponding to each place. Supply pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes for sending in the case of paper mail.
4) Write a cover letter explaining in very clear, simple, step-by-step terms exactly what I am supposed to do, including deadlines.
5) Make sure I have a good contact for you in case there are questions. I will notify you when the job is done.
I will do my best to help you achieve your goals. Please let me know if/when you are accepted to your position because I am genuinely interested. GOOD LUCK!
My experiences are diverse. I have traveled widely. I have many skills. Below is a brief summary of my professional life in resume format:
1976. B.A. Biology, University of Utah.
1984. Ph.D., Entomology, University of California, Davis. Thesis: Ecology of perturbations in natural plant-pollinator systems.
1984-85. Apicultural development scientist, Honey Production International, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Focus: development of honey-producing apiaries; investigation of indigenous apiculture and native bee ecology.
1985-87. NSF-funded postdoctoral scholar, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia. Focus: ecology of native bee-honey bee interactions.
1987-88. Technical Assistant, Exotic Pest Program, California Department of Food and Agriculture. Focus: development of exotic pest profiles; assisted in administration and field work for Medfly and Oriental Fruit Fly eradication programs.
1988-92. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Weslaco, Texas. Focus: research on ecology and impact of Africanized (\"Killer\"") Bees.
1993-94. Kentucky State University. Visiting researcher. Focus: honey bee parasites and their control
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