Take a bee's view! Bees have fascinated me since 2001, when I graduated from college. A beekeeping hobby turned into a career that has taken me all over the world.
Editor and founder of 2 Million Blossoms, Kirsten was an English major who got addicted to keeping honey bees. She turned this obsession into a scientific career. Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, Kirsten earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She then investigated how pesticides impact honey bee health as a post doc at the University of Maryland. She currently studies how pests and parasites disrupt honey bee communication.
She’s the former editor of American Bee Journal and Bee World. And while honey bees were the gateway bug that got her addicted, she has expanded her curiosity to all pollinators and the important ecosystem services they provide to plant diversity and agriculture.
Check out her video explaining a bit of her background.
Learn why she launched a new print magazine, when print is considered dead.
Her version of a bee dance.
Introducing leaf cutter bees to her parents' garden.
And what pesticides we're finding in pollen.
I strive to encourage women to follow their interests in science and nature. When I started keeping bees there were very few women in the beekeeping associations. That has changed dramatically in the last decade. I love interacting with young beekeepers. If you spot me at a show, don't be shy. I'll happily take a selfie with you and let you pepper me with questions. Cause everybody knows, Girls Just Want to Keep Bees!
In January 2020, I decided to use my career capital and knowledge in editing to launch a new quarterly print magazine. Who in their right mind launches a print magazine when everyone says print is dead? Someone who believes that we need to unplug on occasion and that the serendipity of turning pages to stumble across an article has value. This coffee-table ready magazine is printed as sustainably as possible. If you want to be inspired, informed and entertained, subscribe today. And because I believe strongly in making material readily available to the next generation, I offer student subscription rates to anyone under 18 or who is enrolled in a college or university program.