Athan Tom Columbus
Smithville, Ga. 31787
Experienced in inspecting trees, orchards and nursery stock for pest infestation and/or disease.
Organized and directed large scale beekeeping projects in Central Africa using the African bee Apis
mellifera scutellata aiming at the reduction of community dependency on natural resources, and
prevention of deforestation.
Experienced in monitoring, trapping eradicating exotic insect pests such as Gypsy moth, Japanese
beetle, GWSS and fruit flies according to Economic Threshold Levels.
Experienced in conducting workshops and training programs.
Experienced on development process and environment, proposal writing and implementation of
My overall objective is to attain a Management or Technical position where I can use my work experience to
protect the public safety and welfare by using a sensible, environmentally sensitive, and responsible program.
Beekeeping Advisor: 06/2013 to Present: Smithville, GA. Advising novice beekeepers in apiculture tactics.
Science Instructor: 01/2013 to 05/2013: Brunswick, GA. College of Coastal Georgia (CCGA). Taught
Biological Sciences and Global Issues.
Manager: 12/2011 to 10/2012: Glynn County Public Works mosquito control division. Supervised assigned
staff; directed procedures, wrote the annual budget, ensured division compliance, and scheduled, and
coordinated ground, aircraft and boat spray operations. Re mapped the entire county using GIS for a more
effective control management program, and served as laboratory taxonomist in identifying mosquitoes and
prepared laboratory reports of mosquito identification and counts.
Entomologist: 01/2009 to 12/2012: Tarpon Springs, FL/Brunswick, GA. Conducted consultations on SIMM
program establishments in Monrovia, Liberia and Kano State, Nigeria Africa. Removed Africanized bee
colonies and swarms that were in close proximity to people.
Entomologist: 06/2008 to 12/2008: Malawi, Central Africa. Hired by the conglomerate FARMERS WORLD
LLC worked on the establishment of large scale beekeeping to pollinate Jatropha plants ( Euphorbiaceae)
for bio fuel. The project was implemented and is still going.
Project Director: 02/2005 to 04/2008: Malawi, Central Africa. Stationed at the main forest, of Malawi’s central
region, managed, coordinated and trained indigenous groups in large scale commercial beekeeping
implementing environmental education, wildlife conservation, and awareness as well as income generation
through sustainable resource use. With $30,000 in funding received from USAID, MEET and DHA, we
proceeded with building the necessary facilities, to accommodate honey production from 1,000 beehives
annually. The funding was approved through Grant proposals that I wrote and submitted to these
organizations. This part of the project was evaluated by an independent firm hired by the sponsor, and it was
the largest project in Malawi ever done by an individual. During the same period we organized IMM practices
for reduction of malaria incidents around the area of residence, in the Thuma forest.
Agricultural Inspector: California Department of Food and Agriculture, San Jose. Inspected fruit trees and
nursery stock for arthropod pests, such as MFF, Japanese beetle, Gypsy Moth, GWSS and other
arthropods of economic importance.
Master’s Degree, Biological Sciences/Entomology, California State University San Jose
Master’s Degree, Industrial Studies, California State University San Jose
Bachelors of Science, Management, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
American Mosquito Control Association, (AMCA).
International Entomologist Society, (ESA).
Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association, (HOG).
Has written an updated comprehensive book on Tropical Beekeeping using the Top Bar Hive and the African
bee Apis mellifera scutellata, and edited the USAID/COMPASS II African Beekeeping Manual.
Experienced Grant proposal writer; can analyze and evaluate educational programs, conduct
presentations, develop and coordinate workshops, manage large scale projects, monitor the community
development program, apply environmental principles, coordinate ongoing programs, teach environmental
education and conservation, perform economic development related activities, hold workshops about
agricultural pests and mosquito biology and control and infection prevention. Interacting with diverse groups
had to relay complex ideas in a simplified manner, while managing and coordinating large scale projects.