Gund Tea - Insu Koh, Leif Richardson, Laura Sonter: All Creatures Great and Small: How do Bees and Moose Contribute to Human Well-being?
Leif will discuss the effects of below ground mycorrhizal mutualisms on crop pollination by wild bees. - Crop production depends on the ecosystem service of pollination. Bee pollinators are attracted to flowers by presence of nectar and pollen, but availability of such floral rewards could be affected by plant associations with other organisms. Using highbush blueberry, he will show that mutualistic mycorrhizal fungi inhabiting plant roots alter floral traits in ways that increase pollinator visitation, potentially resulting in increased crop yield.
Insu is a post-doctoral research associate in Taylor Ricketts?s lab at UVM. Insu is broadly interested in how landscape structure and composition influence biodiversity, organism dispersal and ecosystem services. He received his Ph.D. in environmental/city planning from the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Seoul National University and previously conducted post-doctoral research at Purdue University.
Leif is a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture postdoctoral research fellow working in Taylor Ricketts?s lab at UVM. Leif is interested in the interactions between plants and their mutualists, such as pollinators, and antagonists, such as herbivores. He has a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and served as State Lands Ecologist with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
Laura is a post-doctoral research associate at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Her research seeks to understand global drivers of land use change and their impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland.
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