Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pollination Crisis Lecture

SFU President's Faculty Lecture Series

President's Faculty Lecturer: Dr. Elizabeth Elle

Elizabeth Elle is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at SFU.  A member of national (the Canadian Pollination Initiative) and international (the Integrated Crop Pollination Project) collaborations, Elizabeth’s research focuses on the impact of human activities (urbanization, agriculture, cattle grazing) on pollinator biodiversity, and how we can preserve pollination services to wildflowers and crops in the face of pollinator losses.

Are we having a pollination crisis?

You’ve probably seen it in the news: bees are in trouble, and farmers are worried about our food supply. Much of the press is on the managed honey bee, an important component of agricultural systems, but many of the earth’s 20,000 other species of bee are also experiencing population declines.  Is it cell phones? Pesticides? Habitat loss? Do we really only have four years to live if the honey bee goes extinct?! In this lecture, you’ll learn the latest science about bee declines, about the many species of wild bees in B.C. and their contribution to both crop production and resilient natural ecosystems, and how everyone can contribute to pollinator conservation.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 7:00 PM
Studio 103 - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

Event is free. Please click HERE to register.

Here is a previous lecture from Dr. Elizabeth Elle.

" A Plea for the Bees' Needs: Pollinator declines and how to encourage backyard biodiversity" presented by Dr. Elizabeth Elle.

Learn more about why bees are in trouble, the natural history and status of our native bees, and what you can do in your backyard, community garden or even on your balcony to help support pollinators.

This public lecture was recorded on Thursday April 23, 2009. It was organised by Continuing Studies in Science at Simon Fraser University.


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