Stephanie Darnell

Scientist, Pollinator Safety, Crop Science, a Division of Bayer

Stephanie DarnellStephanie Darnell is a Pollinator Safety scientist, responsible for forage habitat initiatives of the North American Bee Team. She is also the Pollinator Safety science communicator, serving as a liaison between company scientists and others in the bee community to share important technical information.

“Forage and nutrition are key factors affecting bee health,” Stephanie said. “The better we understand the needs of honey bees and other pollinators, and the ways that agriculture and apiculture can work together for mutual benefit, the better equipped we will be to meet the challenges of a growing world.”

Stephanie grew up in Spring Hill, Kansas, and received a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture with a minor in Chemistry from Northwest Missouri State University. She received her M.S. degree in Entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

After graduate school, she was the assistant programming director at Monarch Watch. She joined Crop Science, a division of Bayer in 1999 as a research biologist. During that time, she became a Master Gardener in Johnson County, Kansas, and currently is emeritus status. In 2006, Stephanie moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, and became a product development manager for consumer and professional ornamental insecticides. She moved to her current role in 2014.