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Insect Pollinator Conservation: A Tour of Policy Efforts
March 31, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A Deeper Dive: Pollinator Ecology and Conservation
This three-part series will explore the science and policy issues of pollinator ecology and conservation with a focus on birds and bees. Programs include:
- March 17: “AI and Computer Vision in Bee Ecology, Conservation, and Citizen Science” with Dr. Brian Spiesman, Kansas State University
- March 24: “Three Billion Birds Lost: The Disappearance Of North American Birds and What We Can Do About It” with Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
- March 31: “Insect Pollinator Conservation: A Tour of Policy Efforts” with Dr. Damon Hall, University of Missouri
Attend one, two, or all three programs to learn what is being done to protect valuable pollinators and what you can do in your home garden to become part of the conservation effort. A separate registration is required for each program.
The March 31 program
Insect pollinators are becoming visible to societies. The value of insect behaviors that pollinate human crops, animal feed, and wildlife forage is entering public consciousness, media, and culture. In light of well-documented declines in managed honey bees, people are becoming aware of declines of the world’s other 20,000+ native bees—the invisible workers whose impact on food security and economics remain unknown. And people now like bees.
The world’s governments are catching up with this popular interest and the science of insect conservation. Insect pollinator decline is inherently a human issue, driven by a history of land-use trends, changes in technologies, and cultural perceptions that unwittingly cause and perpetuate declines. Whereas all environmental policy is about changing human behaviors. Conservation of insect pollinators requires integrating social and ecological understandings to reconfigure human behaviors across societies’ sectors.
In this talk, we take a tour of conservation policy efforts. We examine how the science of insect declines is being translated into nascent international agreements, national, US state, and municipal efforts as well as the conservation practices of home gardeners.
Special attention is given to US state wildlife agencies’ Wildlife Action Plans of 2015–2025 and laws passed by state legislatures between 2000–2017. This timeframe captures pre- and post-publicity of pollinator declines via colony collapse disorder, the evolving research on neonicotinoids, and highly-visible bee kills. These new laws covered apiculture (beekeeping), pesticides, awareness, habitat, and research. Together, they narrate an evolution of bureaucratic thinking on insects. Yet when compared to policies proposed by biologists, legislators failed to address critical policy targets. What merits consideration are areas of legal agreement useful for authoring international, national, state, and municipal policies and piloting new policy instruments amenable to communities, all political parties, and industry.
Damon Hall is an assistant professor jointly appointed in the School of Natural Resources and Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering. He is the Certificate Coordinator for the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability and Director of the Center for Watershed Management and Water Quality at MU. He received his BS in Agriculture and MA in from Purdue University. At Purdue, he was apiary manager of Dr. Hunt’s Honeybee Genetics Lab. He completed a PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University as a Boone & Crockett Conservation Policy Fellow. After postdoctoral at the University of Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative, he was an assistant professor in the Center for Sustainability and Department of Biology at Saint Louis University before joining MU. Damon was hired as a part of the “Pillars of Pursuit” cluster hire under Sustainability inFEWSed (Food, Energy, Water, Smart Cities) in 2018.
His research examines interactions between social and ecological systems where science, policy, and culture meet. His work involves engaging stakeholders in environmental policy, sustainability planning, systems modeling, life cycle assessment, and hydrological modeling. At Mizzou, he heads the Sustainability Science Lab, which includes projects in water resources planning, urban pollinator conservation, and communicating social-ecological systems models. Hall has received grants from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Science Foundation, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Dr. Hall’s paper, “The city as a refuge for insect pollinators,” has received awards from the Society for Conservation Biology including highest Altmetric score, most cited, and top 20-most downloaded. He has received a teaching honor from Saint Louis University and a partnership award from the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation. His research has been covered by over 130 news and magazine sources since 2018. Professor Hall is a member of the International Society for Sustainability Science, the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, and the Ecological Society of America.
Accessing the Program
This free, online program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. Your link to join the program will be included in the confirmation email and on the confirmation screen after you complete your registration.
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The program will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page.
Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Cooper, Caren B. Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery. New York: The Overlook Press, 2016.
- Fogden, Michael, and Patricia Fogden. The Natural History of Flowers. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2018.
- Hannibal, Mary Ellen. Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction. New York: The Experiment, 2016.
- Nabhan, Gary Paul. Conserving Migratory Pollinators and Nectar Corridors in Western North America. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004.
This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.