Dr Michael Holmes has an Honours degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney. He also completed a PhD in behavioural ecology at the University of Sydney in 2014, investigating reproductive parasitism in honey bees. Michael worked in South Africa, Thailand and China as well as in Australia throughout his PhD studies.
Prior to joining PHA, Michael was a postdoctoral researcher at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan. Throughout his time working with honey bees in Africa and Asia, Michael gained much practical experience with a range of honey bee pests not currently established in Australia, including Asian honey bees and varroa mites.
At PHA, Michael will work within the Horticultural Cropping team, focusing on the National Bee Biosecurity Program and National Bee Pest Surveillance Program.