Beekeeper, Honey Bee Initiative
Andrew Garavito is the Beekeeper for the Honey Bee Initiative. He manages the honey bee colonies and engages in a variety of teaching efforts to educate both the Mason community and the general public about honey bees. Prior to joining Mason, Garvito was the Apiary Manager for the vanEngelsdorp Bee Lab at the University of Maryland where he managed 200 hives for the various research needs of the Lab. He has a Masters in Entomology where he studied the effects of pesticide exposure via pollen consumption on honey bee health. Garavito is interested in developing sustainable beekeeping practices for the HBI colonies and other beekeepers in the Mid-Atlantic region.