Gordon earned his Ph.D. in Entomology with emphasis in Apiculture at Michigan State University in 1982. Following his degree he worked for 12 years in International Apicultural Development in regions from Nepal to Fiji, with most of his time spent in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand helping improve beekeeping potential.
In 1988 he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland as the extension apiculturist. After moving to Arizona in 1996 he established and managed a research and development company dedicated to implementing innovative solutions to entomological and apicultural problems including the development of the honey bee nutritional supplement, MegaBee®.
In 2009 Gordon accepted a position as Director of Bee Biology with Paramount Farming Company California’s largest almond grower. His duties include overseeing honey bee health and nutrition, coordinating pollination efforts for the company’s almond orchards and investigating the solitary bee, Osmia lignaria, as possible pollinator of almonds.
In addition, Dr. Wardell is currently the chairman of Project Apis m, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving honey bee health and funding innovative research. He is a science advisor to the Almond Board of California and a lecturer at California Polytechnic University.