About us

Dr. Gabriele Soland has a background in the fields of conservation biology, evolution and marketing. She holds a PhD in population genetics from the University of Bern, Switzerland, in collaboration with the Siwss Bee Research Center at Agroscope, Switzerland. She completed her thesis in 2006 on the differentiation mating biology of the Swiss honey bee population. She has continued to specialize on the mating biology of the honey bee, as well as the practical aspects of bee breeding. She has especially focussed on the conservation aspects on the endandgered European dark honey bee.

From 2005 to 2007 she was member of the national breeding commitee as a scientific advisor

From 2005 to 2017 she worked as scientific advisor for the association mellifera.ch. Where she  collaborated on building a sustainable breeding system for the Dark bee in Switzerland.

From 2007 to 2009 she additionally served as a technical advisor for the Société d’Apiculture Romande for whom she also represented in the national breeding commitee.

From 2017-2019 she was head of the breeding commitee of mellifera.ch

From 2019 she continued her work at mellifera.ch as scientific advisor to focuss on her new calling as a member of the main board of the SICAMM Foundation.

From 2005 on she additionally worked in her family apiculture specializing on the promotion of the European Dark Honeybee.

Dr. Gabriele Soland is also involved in several scientific projects on the dark honey bee collaborating with the University of Galway and Technical Institute in Limmerick, Ireland, as well as with the University of Plymouth and Banglor University in the UK.