Dr. Buchmann pictured on far right.

Mark Moffett explains a macro flash technique in Panama as his wife Melissa, and Stephen Buchmann look on.

Photo by Hans Weise.


Read the National Geographic Magazine blog interview Dr. Buchmann, The Buzz on Pollination.

Stephen Buchmann, Ph.D.
Stephen Buchmann serves as the International Coordinator for P2 and NAPPC. He is a former USDA research entomologist and an adjunct faculty member in the entomology and EEB departments at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He holds a doctorate in entomology from the University of California at Davis, and has authored or co-authored 12 books and over 150 scientific publications. He served on a National Academies of Science National Research Council committee which published their findings as a book "Status of Pollinators in North America" during 2007. In 1997, he wrote "The Forgotten Pollinators" (Island Press) with ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan. Other books include the "Pollinator Conservation Handbook (2003) with Xerces Society and "Pollinators of the Sonoran Desert" with ASDM in 2004. His latest books are "Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind" from Bantam Dell (2005) and a children's book "The Bee Tree" about Malaysian honey hunters (Cinco Puntos Press, 2007) and appearing March, 2011, the paperback edition for teen readers (ages 11-14) of "Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive, A History of Bees and Honey" from Delacorte Press. Steve holds joint research appointments with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. He was a founding NAPPC member, serves on its executive steering committee, and co-chairs the Gardens Task Force. He has been active in formulating international laws (Sao Paulo Declaration) protecting pollinators and helping put pollinator friendly language into the US Farm Bill. His research interests include native bee nesting behavior, conservation biology and pollination ecology, especially buzz pollination. Steve works with Mayan beekeepers to promote meliponiculture with native Melipona and Trigona bees in Quintana Roo, Mexico. A television documentary on the "Sacred Bees of the Maya" is in production. Steve's other passions include extreme resolution scanning (using Creo flatbed scanners), multi-focal imaging (Leica Z6 microscope), along with print-making and small fine art bronze sculptures. He's begun assembling hyperfocal images of native bees for an illustrated field guide to southwestern bees.