Project Description

Maxcy P. Nolan IV (Brett), PhD

PhD Entomologist and Consultant

About Brett:

Born and raised in Seneca, South Carolina. Brett earned his first two degrees from Clemson University: Bachelors in Wildlife Biology and a Master’s in Entomology. While working at the Clemson bee lab during his undergraduate studies, he became interested in bees and served as an undergraduate research assistant in 2003 under Dr. Mike Hood, where he studied improved trapping methods for the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida) control.

While working on a joint UGA-Clemson research project Brett was introduced to the UGA Honey Bee Program, and upon finishing his master’s degree, moved the 60 short miles to Athens and continued his education at UGA. At UGA his research focus was on the host-parasite relationship between honey bees and varroa mites (Varroa destructor). More specifically, he examined the transmission and virulence of Varroa between honey bee colonies as related to colony distance and apiary density, the effects of increases in polyandry on drifting rates, and the effect of mite age on host choice.  While earning his degree he gave many talks at honey bee clubs and local schools.  During his time at UGA he also served as an annual instructor at the Young Harris- UGA Beekeeping Institute. He completed is degree in May of 2016.

Currently he is working for the family business NIPCAM, which offers professional integrated pest management (IPM) solutions, especially within the poultry and livestock farming community. In addition, he continues to be active in the honey bee community, speaking at local bee clubs and offering a course on varroa mite management. This course offers hands on instruction encompassing all legal forms of varroa mite control emphasizing the implementation of monitoring techniques and best IPM practices.

Brett is married to Emily Nolan and they have three daughters. His hobbies and interests involve being outdoors: hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting. He also enjoys watching college sports and grilling/barbequing.



  • B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology, Clemson University, 2006
  • M.S. in Entomology, Clemson University, 2008
  • Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Georgia, 2016



Nolan, M.P., and Keith S. Delaplane., 2016. “Distance between honey bee Apis mellifera colonies regulates populations of Varroa destructor at a landscape scale.” Apidologie: 1-9. DOI: 10.1007/s13592-016-0443-9

Berry, J.A., Afik, O., Nolan IV, M.P., and Delaplane, K.S., 2012.  Revisiting Powdered Sugar for Varroa Control on Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L). Journal of Apiculture Research 51, No. 4: p.367-368.

Nolan, IV M.P., and W.M. Hood., 2008.  Comparison of Two Attractants to Small Hive Beetles, Aethina tumida, in Honey Bee Colonies.  Journal Apicultural Research 47, No. 3: p.229-233.

Hood, W.M., and M. Nolan., A Comparison of Two Small Hive Beetle Attractants Inside Honey Bee Colonies.  In the proceedings of American Bee Research Conference.  Phoenix, Arizona.  8-13 January, 2007.  Published in American Bee Journal 147, No. 5: p.440.

Nolan, IV M.P., and W.M. Hood., Mark Release and Recapture Techniques for the Small Hive Beetle, In the proceedings of American Bee Research Conference (ABRC), Annual Meeting of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists (AAPA) 9-11 January, 2008, Sacramento, California. Published in American Bee Journal 148, No. 6: p.558.

Nolan, IV M.P., and W.M. Hood., 2008. Trapping Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) In Honey Supers & Brood Chambers of Honey Bee Colonies.  Manuscript to be submitted for publication, August 2008.

Nolan IV, M. (2008). Trapping small hive beetles, Aethina tumida Murray, inside honey bee colonies, CLEMSON UNIVERSITY