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Department Welcomes New Assistant Professor in Apiculture

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Department of Entomology welcomes a new addition to its research and teaching faculty as it hired Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada as Assistant Professor in Apiculture.

Rangel-Posada joined the Department on January 1, replacing the position that was vacated several years ago by Dr. Tanya Pankiw.  Rangel-Posada will be responsible for developing a research program that focuses on solutions to problems facing the apiculture industry.  Dr. Rangel-Posada will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in honey bee biology and plans to work with the industry leaders to develop specific hands-on training courses.  Dr. Rangel-Posada will also work closely with members of the Texas Apiary Inspection Service who are co-located in the Janice and John G. Thomas Honey Bee Facility on the Riverside Campus of Texas A&M University.   

Dr. Rangel-Posada received her PhD from Cornell University and most recently was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at North Carolina State University.  While at NCSU, she served as a research leader in projects related to queen quality and how those traits affect supersedure of the queen in managed hives.  As a postdoc, she also was the coordinator of the Born and Bred in North Carolina program.

In addition to her most recent work at NCSU, Rangel-Posada led several projects on the behavioral ecology and genetics of reproductive swarming in honey bees at Cornell University and projects exploring the mechanisms used by tropical stingless bees in the genera Melipona and Trigona to communicate resource location as a research associate with Dr. James Nieh at the University of California-San Diego.

Rangel-Posada is very excited about coming to Texas A&M and ready to start working on research.

“I am very excited to start as a new Assistant Professor of Apiculture,” she said. “I can’t wait to set up the research facility and start up our apiary.”

Rangel-Posada plans to start the apiary to study the reproductive biology of honey bees, as well as work with collaborators on other projects concerning honey bees and apiaries across Texas and other parts of the country.

“I am looking forward to the start of our collaborative research projects and networking with colleagues across the state and the U.S.,” she said.

Rangel-Posada received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California – San Diego in 2004 and her PhD from Cornell University in Neurobiology and Behavior in 2010.