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Bee health is critical to our survival. In Virginia, hives have dropped by two-thirds since 1970.

George Mason University’s Honey Bee Initiative works on honey bee sustainability by providing an innovative education, conducting collaborative research, and establishing community partnerships in our local Northern Virginia region.

The Honey Bee Initiative is a joint partnership between the School of Business and the College of Science.


These team members drive the research, education, and outreach components of the Honey Bee Initiative. View our full team and affiliates.

Germán Perilla

Founder & Director
Germán Perilla is co-founder and director of the Honey Bee Initiative. He is passionate about honey bees, sustainability, teaching, and research. He champions local programs that support bee health, and spearheads the honey bee global programs, working with indigenous communities in Central and South America.

Lisa Gring-Pemble

Co-Founder & Consultant
Lisa Gring-Pemble is co-founder of the Honey Bee Initiative. As Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Global Impact in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Gring-Pemble focuses on enhancing HBI’s curricular, co-curricular and public-private partnerships.

Stephanie Pareja

Honey Bee Initiative Graduate Assistant
Stephanie Pareja has worked with the Honey Bee Initiative for several years, and has studied bees on campus through Perilla’s courses and in the Amazon. She is currently working on her Masters in Elementary Education at George Mason University.

The Honey Bee Initiative and affiliated colleagues and students are involved in sustainability and local initiatives.

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