Department of Entomology and Nematology
Nissa has a B.S. in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was founder and president of the Carolina Beekeeping Club, whose efforts recently succeeded in making UNC a Bee Campus USA. She first became interested in honey bees in high school while taking a summer class at Cornell. In college, she began volunteering at the NC State University Honey Bee Research Laboratory to gain more experience with bees. Since then, she has also worked at NC State as a research technician and conducted her own research on pheromone variation of brood and queens among different stocks of bees. She will begin graduate school in Entomology at UC Davis this Fall, and plans on studying regulation of overwintering in honey bee colonies, focusing on extension of research findings to practical applications in apiculture.