Annie Krueger joined Bayer in May 2016, as a Research Associate working in bee health and environmental toxicology in the Bayer Bee Care Center.
Annie first started working with honey bees in the summer of 2012 while interning in an environmental toxicology contract lab on the eastern shore of Maryland. She was so intrigued by bees that the following summer she worked exclusively with a bee supplier, helping with his sideline pollination operation out of the University of Maryland Wye Research Station.
“At this point I was a bug-enthused sophomore at a liberal arts college without an entomology program and a very limited biology department,” Annie says. “I knew what I had to do, so in the fall of 2014, I transferred to the University of Wyoming, and on day one, walked into a bumble bee lab where I remained for 3 years.”
She returned to Maryland that summer 2014, and worked jointly in the field and in the lab assisting in new honey bee testing methodologies. There she met the head of Pollinator Safety at Bayer, Dave Fischer, who later invited her to intern at the Bayer Bee Care Center.
“By the end of my internship in summer 2015, I walked away completely amazed by 1) the knowledge of all of the entomologists and toxicologists I shadowed under, and 2) Bayer’s dedication to bee health,” Annie says.
Annie finished her studies at the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Zoology and a minor in Chemistry. She joined Bayer as a research associate in May 2016.