DESIGN WITH NATURE CONFERENCE
Saturday February 25, 2012
Pollinators: What They Do For Us and What We Can Do For Them
How does this affect our food supply?
What about all the plants that depend on pollinators to survive?
Elaine Evans has been researching native pollinators for over 15 years and will share her insights into the causes of these problems as well as positive actions we all can take to make the world more pollinator friendly.
Professional of Entomology, University of Minnesota; Author of Befriending Bumblebees
Elaine Evans has an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Minnesota, where she studied the impact of floral resource competition between honey bees and bumble bees on the reproductive success of native bumble bees, as well as tomato and cranberry pollination and bumble bee rearing. Currently, she is working on a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota studying the impact of land use (primarily levels of agricultural intensity) on native bee diversity and abundance. Her study sites are in the prairie pothole region of North Dakota. Her hope is that her work will help in the understanding of what we can do to support pollinators.