Dr. Doug Somerville is NSW DPI Technical Specialist, Honey Bees and Chair of the AgriFutures Honey Bee and Pollination Research Panel. Doug provides specialist technical advice and leadership through developing and promoting the adoption of innovative technological developments in this area. He is the main point of contact between the NSW and Australian broad honey bee and pollination dependant industries and the NSW DPI.
Working in the field of industry development Doug is actively involved in increasing educational opportunities for industry and involved in active applied research. Two areas of particular interest are honey bee nutrition and the floral resources of importance to beekeeping which were was the theme of his PhD thesis ”The floral resources of NSW of primary importance to commercial beekeeping”.
Doug has led and collaborated across a range of research studies involving a large diversity of subjects associated with the beekeeping industry.