Office Location: 207 Ellington Plant Sciences Building
Office Phone: 865-974-0209
Ph.D., University of California, Davis. Major: Entomology, emphasis: apiculutre, pollination
M.S., University of Akron, Major: Biology, emphasis: botany, pollination, ecology
B.S., University of Akron, Major: Biology

Research Description:

Apiculture, IPM of honey bees pests including parasitic mites and small hive beetles.  Pollination ecology of native and crop plants including: dogwood, blueberry, horse balm, squash, pumpkin and sunflower. Improving habitat for pollinators including development of sustainable native food sources that bloom continuously in the southeast. Leadership in developing and maintaining the eXtension “Bee Health” Community of Practice to benefit beekeepers, gardeners, researchers, government agencies, extension personnel and the public. Cooperator with bee informed partnership (BIP) to improve bee health using surveys of numerous beekeepers  throughout the USA and "bee teams" to work directly with beekeepers to diagnose and demonstrate pest and disease issues.


Representative Publications:
Dennis vanEngelsdorp, David R. Tarpy, Kathy Baylis, Marla Spivak, Dewey M. Caron, Joseph Connell, Keith S. Delaplane, Susan Donohue, Wayne Esaias, Brian Gross, Jerry Hayes Jr., Eugene J. Lengerich, Jeffery Pettis, Karen Rennich, Robyn Underwood, Robyn Rose, John Skinner, and James Wilkes. 2012. The Bee Informed Partnership: Using beekeepers’ real-world experience to solve beekeepers’ real-world problems. American Entomologist: In Press.
Rhoades, P.R., W.E. Klingeman, R.N. Trigiano and J.A. Skinner. 2011. Evaluating Pollination Biology of Cornus florida L. and C. kousa (Buerger ex.Miq.) Hance (Cornaceae: Cornales). Journal of the Kansas Ent. Soc. 84(4):285-297.
Rhoades, P.R., P.A. Wadl, W.E. Klingeman, R.N. Trigiano and J.A. Skinner. 2011.     Using Simple Sequence Repeats (SSRs) to Measure Pollen Flow in a Flowering Dogwood Orchard. J. Environ. Hort. 29(4):175–179.
Wadl, Phillip, A., J. A. Skinner, John R. Dunlap, Sandra M. Reed, Timothy A. Rinehart, V. R. Pantalone, and R. N. Trigiano.  2009.  Honeybee-mediated Controlled Pollinations in Cornus florida and C. kousa Intra- and Interspecific Crosses.  Hort. Sci. 44:1527-1533.
Wilson, M. E., J. A. Skinner, Rhoades P., McCalaster D., and McCalaster A. 2009.  Using Diagnostic Kits for American and European Foulbrood.  Web publication on eXtension: Retrieved July 1, 2009, from Bee Health website:


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