Rachael Bonoan, BABA's president, is a Ph.D. student at Tufts University who studies honey bee health and nutrition. She is particularly interested in how honey bees get the right nutrients - in the right amounts - from their ever-changing environment. For her research, Rachael keeps 8 observation hives at the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus and has 7 Langstroth hives up and running at the Tufts Veterinary School in Grafton, MA. In addition to her studies, Rachael enjoys communicating her research and the importance of pollinator health to beekeepers, garden clubs, and the general public.
A serial entrepreneur in the tech industry and BABA's Webmaster, Dave Strickler has always been fascinated with the decidedly low-tech art of beekeeping. The opportunity for his own colony finally presented itself in 2012, and he quickly immersed himself in all things "bee". He now keeps his hives humming on Cape Cod, and mentors other newbees. His goal as a beekeeper is to breed organically raised, local queens to break our dependance on purchasing package bees from the South. He lives between Boston and Cape Cod, and loves to give curious house guests tours of his hives.
Dave also runs beekeeping.io which aggregates hive telemetry from around the world, sharing it with entomologists and citizen scientists alike. In January 2017, it launched it's companion public access site, www.beecounted.org which displays hundreds of apiaries and their hive's temperature, humidity and weight.
Favorite beginner book: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping
Favorite advanced book: The Practical Beekeeper
Sadie (Richards) Brown is an urban agriculture educator, soil enthusiast and beekeeper who got her start in beekeeping at Boston Nature Center under the tutelage of Jean-Claude Bourrut, with whom she co-founded the Boston Beekeepers Club and its signature event, Boston’s annual Tour de Hives, in 2011 (the same year she first started beekeeping). Sadie developed curriculum for BABA's Organic Bee School in Boston with Stephanie Elson and has worked as an educator at Shelburne Farms, FoodCorps, The Food Project, and Groundwork Somerville. She has served on the board of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Massachusetts and currently sits on the board of Classroom Hives, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on safely bringing small colonies of honey bees into the classroom as an integral curricular resource. Her goals for BABA in 2016 are to leverage the expertise of local beekeeping educators to bring increased experiential learning opportunities to members of the Metro Boston beekeeping community. Sadie lives in Melrose with her husband and infant son, where she recently became the town's Recycling Coordinator.
Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. is a biologist / professor / NYTimes contributor / two-time TEDx speaker / beekeeper / uncle, and BABA's Clerk. His book, The Bee: A Natural History was released in August 2014 through Princeton University Press. Noah’s research focuses on bee immunology. Noah is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of The Best Bees Company, a beekeeping service that delivers, installs, and manages beehives for residential and commercial properties nation-wide. Proceeds from The Best Bees Company go toward research to improve bee health. This research is based out of the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, in Boston’s South End.
Paul Quigley, BABA's Treasurer, is passionate about the natural world and the intersection of that world with science and technology.
He is a beek, a serial healthcare technology and services entrepreneur and avid cyclist. When out of his bee suit, he is the Vice President & Partner in the Global Healthcare Transformation Practice of Royal Philips and the grandfather of a future beekeeper.
Beekeeping was a natural extension and expression of his interests; he started with a few hives in Central MA and has since doubled the size of his apiary and expanded his beekeeping footprint into Southern NH.
The apiary is a spiritual place where quiet observation is providing almost endless opportunities for direct environmental education, social behavior, adaptation, stewardship and of course, honey.
Paul is insatiably curious and is collecting hive data and environmental data using solar powered sensors to identify patterns and gain insight on how to optimize hive survival and reduce hive losses in our harsh New England winters.