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MNPS Program (Tuesday): Native Planting and Other Yard Landscaping Techniques: An Insect's Point of View

  • 08/25/2020
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • On-line Zoom webinar


Registration is closed


We can accommodate 500 viewers on Zoom. First come first served. A recording will be available after the program.

Speaker: Karin Burghardt,  Assistant Professor, Dep't of Entomology, UMD-College Park; Research Associate, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Humans actively manage and alter the majority of earth's habitats. By examining how human management practices alter the support of biodiversity in these spaces, Dr Burghardt's laboratory research program helps determine best practices for how humans can share space with a variety of flora and fauna. In this presentation, Dr. Burghardt outlines ways that decisions within an individual's own scope of management (gardens, parks, and other green spaces) alter plant/animal interactions, particularly the successful completion of insect life cycles. She suggests tweaks to native plant selection, yard care, and pest management practices to retain biodiversity and function in the spaces we inhabit. 

Trained as a community ecologist, Dr Burghardt specializes in understanding plant-insect interactions in human-modified landscapes ranging from suburban yards to abandoned agricultural fields to managed forests. She received her MS and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University working with Oswald Schmitz on herbivore-induced defenses in goldenrod plants. She received her BS from the University of Delaware in 2007 working with Douglas Tallamy on the role of non-native plants in ecosystems. Find more information on her lab’s work on her website. 

The program will be presented online through Zoom, in webinar format. You will not be able to share your own audio or video with other participants, but you will be able to submit questions in writing during the program.

Registration is required. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the Zoom program. 

The program is free and open to the public.

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