Max began working at the lab in the fall of 2015 when he started college, and plans to stay there for the rest of his undergraduate career. He is an aspiring honey bee researcher in the environmental science and policy major, with a concentration in environment and agriculture. He first became interested in bee research after completing an internship during his senior year of high school at the United States Department of Agriculture Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD. Max immediately fell in love with honey bee work and has been excited to continue it at the University of Maryland ever since.
As an undergraduate in the lab, Max is responsible for many tasks. He works on processing samples for Nosema and Varroa, helping graduate students with their research projects, keeping the lab clean and organized, assisting with managing the university's own colonies, and anything else that is asked of him. Max is also conducting his own research project towards the entomology departmental honors certificate. He very much enjoys working with everybody at the vanEngelsdorp lab and is always looking forward to more work.