Ross School - Senior Project 2013


Student: Isabel Milligan

Mentor: Carleton Schade

Domains: Science, English, Visual Arts

Faculty Grader: James Earle


Documentation of Product    


Title: Apiculture


For my Senior Project I created a magazine exploring apiculture and bees, “the angels of agriculture.” In the summer and fall of 2012 I worked in an apiary with a local beekeeper learning how to keep bees and about the bees, themselves. The product is a magazine, which includes a collection of photographs and articles about bees and beekeeping, exploring topics relevant to their history, biology, and ecology. I examined the importance of bees in agriculture and in the natural environment. In addition, I learned about the latest science surrounding Colony Collapse Disorder, the natural phenomenon causing the decline of the bee world.



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Works Consulted


Berenbaum, M. (2009, August 14). Bee Afraid, Bee Very Afraid. Scientific American. Retrieved from


Bushe, M. & Kelleher, M. (Producers), Gunn, C. & McDonnell R. (Directors). (2009). Colony [Motion picture]. Ireland: Fastnet Films.


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Bishop, H. (2005). Robbing the bees: A biography of honey, the sweet liquid gold that seduced the world. New York, NY: Free Press.


Columella, L. J. M. (1997). On agriculture : Books V - IX: Vol. II. (E. S. Forster & E. H. Heffner, Trans.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


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Dadant, C. P., & Dadant, M. G. (1957). First lessons in beekeeping. Carthage, Ill: Journal Printing Company.

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Gould, J. L., & Gould, C. G. (1988). The honey bee. New York, NY: Scientific American Library.


Horn,T. (2008, April 11). Honey bees: A history. The New York Times. Retrieved from


Langworthy, G., Henein, M., Mohser, H., Heller, P. J., & Erskine, J. (Producers). Langworthy, G. & Henein, M. (Directors). (2009). Vanishing of the bees [Motion picture]. United States: Hive Mentality Films & Hipfuel Films


National Atlas. (2012, July 23). Spread of Africanized honey bees in the United States. Retrieved from


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Plinius, S. C. (2006). Natural history in ten volumes: Vol. 3. (H. Rackham, Trans.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Pollan, M. (2007, December 16). Our Decrepit Food Factories. Retrieved from

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Root, A. I., & Root, E. R. (1983). The ABC and XYZ of bee culture: An encyclopedia pertaining to scientific and practical culture of bees. Medina, OH: A.I. Root.

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USDA Agricultural Research Service. (2012, October 1). Honey bees colony and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Retrieved from


Zimmer, C. (2012, March 29). 2 studies point to common pesticides a culprit in declining bee colonies. The New York Times. Retrieved from