Matt Coughlan is the new NH-SARE Program Assistant, based in Carroll County. Currently Matt works with Olivia Saunders, the NH-SARE Program Coordinator to establish a volunteer network for diagnosing Nosema disease in honeybees in the state. This program is made possible by a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) professional development grant to help train NH Beekeepers. This work will establish new resources for beekeepers in the state, and help to gain a better understanding of pest problem in New Hampshire. Matt is also a beekeeper and has been keeping bees in Carroll County for a few years.
Matt received his B.S. in Resource Management from Lyndon State College in Vermont and his M.S. in Environmental Conservation from UNH. Prior to joining extension, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Student Conservation Association with a focus on outdoor recreation, trail-building and design.
Matt brings a wealth of project management skills to the SARE project, as well as a passion for bees and deepening his own knowledge on managing honeybees, says Olivia Saunders. “I am really excited to be working with Matt on this project to bring needed resources to NH beekeepers.”