SJR State Science Café lecture series continues with “The State of Beekeeping in Florida”

St. Johns River State College science professor Karen Meyer said this semester’s new Science Café is a trendy way to get more people involved with science. “We’re continuing the series in November with Agriculture Protection Specialist Rob Horsburgh, who will discuss the beekeeping industry, its challenges, and where it is headed,” she said. “Considering that one out of three bites of food we eat can be attributed to the pollination of honey bees, you will not want to miss this talk.”

Horsburgh’s specialty lies in apiary inspection for the Florida Department of Agriculture. He has been keeping bees for over 25 years.  In addition to inspecting bee hives in North Florida for diseases and unwanted races of bees, he has traveled to Brazil, South Africa, Haiti and Jamaica to consult with beekeepers.  He is also the first person to obtain the University of Florida’s Master Craftsman Level in their beekeeper program.  He has worked for the Ohio State University honey bee lab and the University of Florida’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. 

The Science Café will be held Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. on the SJR State Orange Park campus in room D14. Participants will experience a casual evening filled with interesting topics, tasty treats and engaging conversation. The event is free and open to the public.  



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020