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UConn Metanoia for the Environment: Making Insects

Saturday, March 31, 2018
10:00am – 11:00am

Storrs Campus
Biology/Physics Building, Room 130

UConn Metanoia for the Environment, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn present Making Insects: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things That Run the World with Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware. The lecture will be held on Saturday, March 31, 10 am at the Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn.

Insect populations have declined 45% globally since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we build attractive landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Dr. Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.

Dr. Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 89 research publications and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 36 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Dr. Tallamy is also a regular columnist for garden Design magazine. Dr. Tallamy is a Lifetime Honorary Director of Wild Ones and has won the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation, the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, and the 2018 AHS 2018 B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.

This program is free and advanced registration is not required.

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UConn Metanoia on the Environment (primary), Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar

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