Samantha Alger

Samantha Alger


Samantha Alger is an Environmental Scientist/Pollinator Specialist at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) and a Research Affiliate in the Plant and Soil Science Department at the University of Vermont. She currently works to improve the health of both managed and wild bees through research, education, and outreach. In 2014, Samantha spearheaded Vermont's involvement with the National Honey Bee Survey, a nationwide effort to gather baseline data on bee disease. She manages the survey for Vermont and works closely with beekeepers each summer to inspect apiaries and collect samples across the state. Samantha is working with the Vermont Apiary Inspection Program to develop methods to better prioritize hive inspections and implement hypothesis driven research to understand factors driving bee health. Committed to bridging the communication gap between bee researchers and beekeepers, Samantha regularly attends and presents at meetings for beekeeping organizations. Samantha has provided expert testimony on bills aimed to protect pollinator species.

Samantha received her PhD from the University of Vermont where she studied RNA virus transmission between managed honey bees and wild bumble bees as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Prior to graduate school, Samantha worked on numerous conservation initiatives and outreach projects which included monitoring federally endangered American Burying Beetles for Nantucket's reintroduction program, surveying songbirds through montane forests of the Northeast, and developing and instructing environmental education programs for both children and adults. Samantha holds Bachelor's degrees in both Business Administration and Biology from the University of Rhode Island.

Samantha's passion for pollinators began during a serendipitous beekeeping apprenticeship on Hawaii's Big Island. She now runs a small apiary at her home in Vermont.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of Vermont, PhD
Current Position:
Environmental Scientist/Pollinator Specialist
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.; University of Vermont
Conservation Science & Biology

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