KIRSTEN TRAYNOR, M.S. is a honey bee biologist and science writer, who spent several years researching the medicinal benefits of honey. As a German Chancellor Scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, she spent eighteen months in Europe working at the Institute for Bee Research in Celle and communicating with honey researchers and medical doctors around the world. An inaugural speaker at the International Symposium on Honey and Human Health, she detailed the historical and modern uses of honey.
She is currently pursuing her PhD in biology at Arizona State University, studying how to improve honey bee health and pollen foraging using a natural pheromone signal. As a 2011-2012 Fulbright recipient, she is continuing her honey bee research in Provence, France.