Biography of Zachary Huang

Zachary Huang is an associate professor in entomology at the Michigan State University. Zachary grew up in a small village in Hunan and attended an agricultural college in China (first batch of college students after the cultural revolution). During the early 80s, he obtained a national scholarship to study honey bees in Canada. After obtaining his Ph.D. he moved with his family to University of Missouri at Columbia to work with plant mites. One and half year later they moved to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and returned to honey bees again. November 1st, 1998, he came to the Michigan State University as an assistant professor. He became tenured and was promoted to be an associate professor Oct of 2004.

At MSU, his main responsibilities include research, extension, and teaching. He is known for developing the social inhibition model (at UIUC) which explains how nurse to forager transition is regulated, the mitezapper (MSU) which is a non-chemical control for the infamous Varroa destructor, his (started in 1997 but developed mainly at MSU) for extension, and award winning photographs. He was awarded the J.I. Hambleton Award for Outstanding Research by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North American Inc. August 2008 (one honey bee scientist per year is awarded).

His current research includes how stresses affect honey bee behavior, physiology and colony performance. Stresses studied include Nosema apis, Nosema ceranae, Varroa destructor, extreme temperatures, transportation and/or pollination, and pesticides.

Current academic and non-academic positions:

President, American Association of Professional Apiculturist, 2013

Chair, Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS), 2013

Advisor, Taiwan Apicultural Society, Nov 2012-Sept 2013

Member, International Scientific Board, Apidologie, 2011-

Member, Academic Committee of Ministry of Agriculture Key Laboratory ‘Biology of Pollinating Insects’,  Institute of Apicultural Research, China, Oct 2011 – Oct 2015

Member, College Academic Council, CANR (College of Agriculture and Natural Resources), MSU

Faculty Adviser, Chinese Student and Scholar Association of MSU, 2010-

IUSSI-NAS web host (providing technical support, maintenance and hard drive space for the web), 2008-

Past positions:

Founding Director, HAS (Heartland Apicultural Society)

Secretary, vice-Chair, Chair of Section Cb (Apiculture and Social Insects), Entomology Society of America (ESA)

President, CFC (Chinese Faculty Club), MSU

President, OCEA (Overseas Chinese Entomologist Association)

Vice President, SINO-ECO (Overseas  Chinese Ecologist Association)

Academic journey 

Before MSU: [Guelph Time, Mizzou Time, UIUC time]

Yearly reports at MSU: 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 |

Full CV available here as a pdf file. but the pub section here might be more updated.


As a two-time winner at an International Photo Contest, I am an avid beetographer (a photographer who is very dedicated to photographying bees, coined by myself, May 4th 2005).  My artistic photos are at, and photos related to extension are at I currently use a Nikon D700 and a D70, both purchased with personal funds.


  • MSU Global Focus International Photography Contest, First Place, Faculty/Staff, 2010
  • XI  International Apiculture Photography Contest, Second Prize, 2009
  • MSU Global Focus International Photography Contest, Third Place, Faculty/Staff, 2007
  • XI  International Apiculture Photography Contest, Second Prize, 2006

An incomplete list of his published photos:

  • Cover photo for Caron and Connor’s book, “Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping“, 2013
  • Bee Photo, inside cover, Science, March 9, 2012
  • Bee photo (cover), American Bee Journal, Sept 2011
  • Bee photo, Arnoldia, the Magazine of the Arnold Arboretum, 68: 7, 2011
  • Cover photo for Norm Gary’s book, “Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping Of Honey Bees”, 2010
  • Bee photo (cover), American Bee Journal, July 2010
  • Bee photo, NIGMS,, 2010
  • Bee photo (cover), American Bee Journal, May 2008
  • Bee photo (covers), American Bee Journal, March, April, May 2007
  • Bee photo (cover), Abstracts of “Honey Bee Genomics and Biology”, May 2007
  • Bee photo (cover), MSU Entomology 100 Year Celebration Brochure, Apr 2007
  • Bee photo (cover), Midwest Beekeepers, Mar 2007
  • Bee Photo (cover), Chinese Bulletin of Entomology, Jan 2007
  • Bee photos (four, one), American Bee Journal, Oct, Nov 2006
  • Bee photo (covers), American Bee Journal, March, June, July, Aug 2006
  • Bee photo, Vlaams Nederlandse Imkersfederatie (Beekeeping for Belgium in Netherlands), 2005
  • Bee photo, NSF posterfor the BeeSpace Project (UIUC), (also in the hallway of NSF headquarters, I was told :), Dec 2005
  • Bee photo (cover), Bee World, Dec 2005
  • Bee photo (cover), American Bee Journal, Nov 2005
  • Bee photos (two), Journal of Chemical Education 82: 810, Jan 2005
  • Bee photo (cover), Bee Culture, Oct 2005
  • Mite photo (cover), German Bee Journal (Bienen), April 2005
  • Mite photo, World-Watch 18: 9, Sept/Oct 2005 (‘Vampire’ mite ravages US honeybee population)
  • Bee photo, Science(307:31), Jan 7, 2005
  • Bee photo (cover), PNAS, Nov 29, 2004
  • Bee photo, Science, (
  • Bee photo (cover), J. Experimental Biology 207 (19), Nov 2004
  • Bee photos (four), Feb 2004 issue of NIH publication No. 04-4932, Findings (web version:
  • Bee photo, Turkish Bee Journal, Oct 2004 (p 32) (regarding
  • Bee photos (two), Belgium Bee Journal, June, 2004 (pp 14-15)
  • Bee photo, Current Biology (14: R178), Mar 9, 2004
  • Bee photo, Nature Reviews Genetics (4: 932), Dec 01, 2003
  • Bee photo, Science(
  • Bee photo, Science main page, web version of Oct 10, 2003, uncredited
  • Bee photo, Science (296: 636), April 2002 (credited on 296: 2336)
  • Bee photo (cover), Genome Research 12: (4), Apr 2002

Samples of cover photos are here.