Dr. Connor is a Michigan native who departed Michigan
State University upon completion of his Ph.D. dissertation on strawberry
pollination, and assumed the position of extension apicultural entomologist
at The Ohio State University (Columbus). There his program attracted
the attention of investors interested in moving the Dadant Starline
and Midnite hybrid queen program to Florida to establish the world's
first mass production facility for the instrumental inseminated
queen honey bees. Seeking educational support for his learning-disabled
son, Connor moved to Connecticut where he established Beekeeping
Education Service, offering educational program for beekeepers.
Later he purchased Wicwas Press
from Dr. Roger and Mary Lou Morse, and has published over a dozen
titles dealing with bees, beekeeping, queen rearing and pollination.
Connor is currently a regular contributor to
Bee Culture and the American
Bee Journal magazines, with emphasis on queen and drone biology
and management and beekeeper interviews. Recently he began a series
of articles on the biological basis of beekeeping practices. He
has authored a number of extension publications, a series of slides
sets, a video program (which he also appeared in and directed),
two scientific proceedings (as editor), and scientific articles.
He served as editor of the EAS
Producer Magazine and Bee Science. He has written a book called
Essentials. His next book is titled Bee Sex Essentials: Drones,
Queens and Bee Mating.
His artwork and photography have been awarded prizes in local art
shows. He has appeared in, produced and/or directed over thirty
local community theater productions. Connor is also involved in
Connecticut social action.
He has two adult children -- a daughter who is a nurse in Alaska,
and a son who is a social worker in Connecticut.