Director of Pollinator Safety - Crop Science, a Division of Bayer
Manager of the Bayer Bee Care Center
Dave Fischer, director of pollinator safety for Crop Science, a division of Bayer and manager of the Bayer Bee Care Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, has been working in the field of ecotoxicology and risk assessment since 1986, the last 27 years with Crop Science and legacy companies. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers and supervised hundreds of laboratory and field toxicology studies of crop protection chemicals and animal pharmaceuticals.
Dave currently oversees research which includes:
- Pollinator safety (toxicology risk assessments),
- Honey bee health research (miticide development, management, forage), and
- Working with staff apiologists and researchers and managing university and other partnership collaborations.
Dave co-chaired the 2011 International “Pellston” Workshop on Pesticide Risk Assessment for Pollinators convened by the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry that spawned an overhaul of the regulatory evaluation process in both North America and Europe. This international effort to improve the scientific testing and risk assessment process for pollinators culminated in the July 2014 publication of Pesticide Risk Assessment for Pollinators.
Dave received his doctoral degree in zoology from Brigham Young University, his master’s degree in zoology from Western Illinois University, and bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Massachusetts.