Michael Holmes is a research assistant in the Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Lab at the University of Sydney. Michael received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2014, during which he studied reproductive parasitism in the Asian honey bee Apis cerana.
Since then, Michael has worked as a postdoc at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan and as a Project Officer at Plant Health Australia. Throughout these positions, he gained valuable experience in dealing with a range of honey bee pests that are not yet present in Australia.
Currently, Michael works primarily on assessing population densities of honey bees in rural areas in Australia in order to determine whether there are enough honey bee colonies in these areas to provide adequate pollination services.