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 Biology
University of Vermont
109 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, Vermont 05403