Philip Moore is the current content manager for the Bee Health community of practice on eXtension.org. Prior to beginning this position he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and studied Web Page Design and Development at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. Currently he is a Master of Science student in Entomology at The University of Tennessee under the supervision of Dr. John Skinner, State Apiculturist and Professor.
Philip's interest with bees sprouted during his undergraduate program. He was recruited to join the Bees and Beekeeping extension program after a fruitful internship with the U.T. Institute of Agriculture, Organic and Sustainable Crop Farm. He began by learning honey bee colony management, IPM, and honey extraction. Then he initiated the U.T. Apiaries involvement with the burgeoning U.T. Farmers Market. As the market reached more consumers and added diverse vendors, Philip's market repertoire expanded; U.T. Apiaries begun selling Ten Year Aged Honey, Cut Comb Honey, Beeswax Lip Balm, Hand and Body Salve, Gift Baskets and more!
Philip's academic interests are with the pollination services of bees rather than their honey reward. His Masters thesis is titled Pollination Ecology of Pityopsis ruthii (Ruth's Golden Aster), which is funded by a fellowship from The Garden Club of America. He is looking forward to a career in honey bee and native bee research and extension and plans to continue towards a doctorate program.