Clarisa is finishing her PhD working with honey bee nutrition at the University of Western Australia (UWA). As part of the Honey Bee Health Research Group, she is studying the metabolic changes of bees during different nutritional diets and the implications on colony health and performance.
Clarisa’s research focuses on identifying nutritional requirements for honey bees, and defining the energetic metabolism process in honey bees undergoing nutritional stress at different time points. Through different biochemical techniques and beekeeping skills, Clarisa is working to improve nutritional beekeeping management strategies in Western Australia.
Clarisa was born and raised in Mexico, where she completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in biological sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She has worked in genetics, molecular sciences, and entomology, studying the physiology and ecology of insects such as damselflies, waterbugs and now honey bees.