Brenna Traver, Ph.D.

Brenna Traver headshot
Associate Professor, Biology
5 Classroom Building

Dr. Brenna Traver is currently an assistant professor of Biology at Penn State Schuylkill. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology from Virginia Tech. She continued on at Virginia Tech following the receipt of a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the impact of different in-hive pesticides on pathogens and immunity in honey bees.

In 2014, she accepted a position at the Schuylkill campus, where she teaches various molecular biology and genetics courses to biology students and a honey bee course to non-majors. She continues to focus on how pathogens, specifically Nosema ceranae, are impacting honey bee colonies. Through her research program she works closely with undergraduates and is the Theta Chi Theta Chapter advisor of the national biological honor society, Beta Beta Beta.

Nosema ceranae

honey bee colony collapse

Ph.D., Entomology - Virginia Tech

M.S., Entomology - Virginia Tech