Sheila Colla, PhD

The Role of Grassroots Movements in Pollinator Conservation

While pollinator declines have received intense public support in recent years as an important environmental challenge, there are related social and environmental challenges, such as climate change, pollution, and unsustainable food growing practices, which are less widely addressed. This talk will describe how these challenges are related and how solutions can be developed through an equity lens to 'multisolve' given finite resources available.

The role of grassroots movements, including gardeners, contributing to community science programs will be discussed as critical for working towards halting the decline of these important critters.

Sheila will also share insight into her journey as a bee researcher and advocate for the environment. She will provide tips for employing solid science when making choices about gardening for pollinators, and inspiration for getting our communities onboard.

Dr. Sheila Colla is an Associate Professor and York Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Conservation Science at York University.  She co-authored the award-winning book "The Bumblebees of North America: An Identification Guide" (Princeton University Press, 2014) and helps run BumbleBeeWatch, a community science program.


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