Benjamin Powell

Statewide Apiculture and Pollinator Specialist
Horticulture Program Team, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Office: Baruch Institute for Coastal Ecology and Forest Sc
Phone: 843-546-1013
Fax: 241


 Educational Background

M.S. Entomology - Arthropod Biodiversity
Clemson University 2007

B.S. Biology
Wofford College 2001


For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the natural world and the interactions of its inhabitants, especially the smaller majority (insects and other invertebrates). I believe that conservation and wise use of natural resources is essential to preserving ecosystem services, especially in the developing communities, and the public has a vested interest in protecting pollinators and other invertebrates because of the critical roles they play in maintaining agriculture and ecosystems. As the Pollinator and Invertebrate Conservation specialist, my primary goal is to expand appreciation for all insects and invertebrates, especially those that pollinate South Carolina's farms and forests. I like to say that my goal is to change peoples' reactions to insects from "Ew" to "Awe."

I focus my education and outreach programs on two areas: 1) advancing apiculture and beekeeping and 2) improving public awareness about the importance of pollinators and invertebrate biodiversity.

 Research Interests

- Apiculture and beekeeping
- Pollinator habitats and conservation
- Invertebrate taxonomy and ecology
- Control of invasive species
- Wetland conservation and ecology

 Extension and Outreach

- SC Beekeeping Website
- Clemson's Pollinator and Invertebrate Conservation Facebook Page
- Clemson Apiculture & Pollinator Protection, Education & Demonstration Weekly Blog (Capped)
- Advanced trainings for Beekeepers, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists
- Pollinator Habitat Demonstration Plots
- 4H Honey Bee Project
- 4H Introduction to Entomology


- Swarms of Honey Bees
- Shorescaping Freshwater Waterfronts
- Floating Wetlands
- Armadillos in SC
- SC Stormwater Pond Management Website
- Invertebrates Associated with Waterhyacinth Rafts and Descriptions of the larvae of Neochetina bruchi and N. eichhorniae


South Carolina State Beekeepers Association
Pollinator Partnership
Eastern Apicultural Society
Bee Informed Partnership
Clemson 4H Honey Bee Project