Welcome to the research pages of Dr. Samantha Alger. I am a research consultant with expertise in disease ecology and pollinator conservation.  I received my PhD from the University of Vermont where I was awarded both a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Switzer Environmental Fellowship. My dissertation research focused on RNA viruses in wild bumble bee species and transmission routes of viruses between managed honey bees and wild bumble bees. I am currently working to improve the health of both managed and wild bees through research, education, and outreach.

In 2014, I spearheaded Vermont’s involvement with the National Honey Bee Survey, a nationwide effort to gather baseline data on bee disease. I manage the survey for Vermont and work closely with beekeepers each summer to inspect apiaries and collect samples across the state.

Department of BiologyAlger_Switzer_2017
University of Vermont
109 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, Vermont 05403


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