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Tuesday April 28, 2015
Rubenstein School Spring Seminar Series

Aiken Center 102

"Russell Brand, Identity Economics and Our Malleable Decision-making Process" by Brendan Fisher, Gund Institute, University of Vermont

Hosted by:
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Open to the public.
Friday May 1, 2015
From Noon to 1:00pm in the Johnson House Conference Room.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.
Friday May 8, 2015
Seminar And PhD Defense

Native Bees and Working Landscapes: The Influence of Agriculture on Pollination
By: Charlie C. Nicholson

Friday, May 8th 2015
Seminar: (10:00, Aiken 311)
Defense: (11:00, Aiken 311)

Taylor Ricketts, Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Alison Brody, Professor, RSENR, Chair
Jennifer Pontius, Research Assistant Professor, Biology
Nicholas Gotelli, Professor, Biology

The increase in global food production has come at the cost of biodiversity loss and impaired ecosystem services. Managing agricultural expansion and intensification holds promise as means to decrease impact on the natural systems on which human wellbeing ultimately depends. Pollination is a critical ecosystem service for crop production that can be improved by conserving mobile organisms, including but not limited to bees. Pollination management requires a landscape perspective, yet to-date conservation efforts have been limited by a lack of information about the local and landscape factors that most directly influence the activity and biodiversity of pollinator communities. To address this information gap I will identify the spatial scale and landscape attributes most relevant to pollinator conservation. Farm-level decisions are important as well; building on current models, I will improve our ability to predict pollinator response to land management scenarios. Moreover, I propose to expand our understanding of the benefits of pollinators in agricultural landscapes by testing whether there are effects on adjacent native plant reproductive success. Finally, I will examine the differential response of pollinator communities to ordered and random extinctions in order to demonstrate the potential stabilizing effect of biodiversity for ecosystem services. The results will provide land managers with explicit information about the effects of landscape conservation for pollinators, as well as the forgone benefits that result from biodiversity loss.

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