Dr Richard Hall is a senior scientist at Biosecurity New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries. He is based at the Animal Health Laboratory in Wallaceville, Upper Hutt. He works on the laboratory detection of diseases and pests affecting honey bees. Richard has a diverse scientific background, having worked on livestock genetics, genomics, and the study of infectious diseases in humans and animals, especially viral disease. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Otago, and is also a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist. Richard is passionate about doing science for the betterment of honey bee health in New Zealand.