Welcome to the Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies, your source for beekeeping resources, upcoming workshops, and other honey bee information. Our mission is to promote pollinator health and to maintain a sustainable beekeeping industry through research and extension.
History of Dyce Lab
Dyce Lab opened in 1968, named after Professor Elton J. Dyce who headed Cornell’s honey bee program from 1947–1966. Professor Dyce is best known for his research on the properties of honey and his patented method for producing creamed honey. Construction of the bee lab was funded from patent royalties and a contribution from the United States Department of Agriculture. Roger A. Morse directed the lab from 1966–1996. During his time at Cornell he researched pests and diseases of honey bees, published beekeeping books, and introduced the Master Beekeeping Program. He was followed by Professor Nicholas W. Calderone from 1996 – 2012, who continued the Master Beekeeper Program and helped develop practices for managing Varroa mites. After Professor Calderone's retirement, the lab was dormant for two years.
Dyce Lab was reopened and renovated in 2015 upon the hires of Scott McArt, Research Scientist in pollinator health, and Emma Mullen, Honey Bee Extension Associate. Together they run the Honey Bee Research and Extension Program and investigate pollinator health, conduct applied research in apiculture, and provide education and resources to beekeepers in the Northeast USA.