Jessica Bikaun

Jessica Bikaun (née Moran) grew up on a small cattle farm in the southwest of Australia, but became addicted to honey bees during her Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia. After volunteering as a field assistant for the Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER), she went on to complete her Honours research on honey bee reproductive biology with CIBER’s Prof. Boris Baer. Since 2018, Jess has combined her passion for honey bees and biosecurity through her PhD research on “A beehive breathalyser for American foulbrood” with the CRC for Honey Bee Products. In 2021 she joined the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) as Project Officer (Bees) to increase awareness and education about bee biosecurity. She is an avid science communicator, bee nerd, and advocate for the honey bee and pollination industry.