Wednesday, 17 March 2010

CATCH THE BUZZ - Pollinator Conference at Penn State



Pollinator Conference In July


Register Now for the International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy

Hosted by The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and

Policy is being hosted by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research on July 24-28, 2010 at

the University Park campus. The abstract submission deadline is May 15, 2010, and the early

registration deadline is June 1, 2010. Registration is limited to 300 people. For more

information and online registration, please visit the conference website at


The focus of the conference will be current research on pollinator biology and health, as well as

policies related to pollinator conservation. The keynote speaker will be Dr. May Berenbaum,

Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology at University of Illinois, Urbana-

Champaign. Dr. Berenbaum is internationally recognized for both her research and conservation

efforts related to pollinators, including chairing the National Research Council’s Committee on

the Status Pollinators in North America in 2007. A full listing of the symposia and confirmed

speakers is below, and can also be found at the conference website.

The conference is supported by generous donations from Häagen-Dazs, Anthropologie/Urban

Outfitters, Bayer CropScience, Penn State's Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural

Sciences, and The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. For more information, visit the

conference website or contact conference organizers: Christina Grozinger, (814)-865-1895 or; Diana Cox-Foster, (814) 865-1022 or; or Ed Rajotte, (814)

863-4641 or


Additionally, a Pollinator Conservation Short Course will be offered by the Xerces Society at the

conclusion of the conference on July 29. Topics include the basic principles of

pollinator biology, the economics of insect pollination, recognizing native bee species, and

assessment of pollinator habitat. More information is available on the conference website.

The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is devoted to the study of pollinators, pollination,

and pollinator management and protection. The Center combines the resources of 26 research

and education programs spanning Penn State’s Departments of Entomology, Biology,

Horticulture, Crop and Soil Science and Landscape Architecture; the Arboretum at Penn State;

the PA Department of Agriculture; and the USDA. Center activities are supported by

government grants, corporate gifts, the beekeeping industry and Penn State’s College of

Agricultural Sciences. For more information, please visit the Center for Pollinator Research

website at

Symposia and confirmed speakers (as of 3/12/10) include:

Behavioral Ecology - Robert Gegear, University of Massachusetts; Christina Grozinger, Penn

State University; Abraham Hefetz, Tel Aviv University; Heather Mattila, Wellesley University ;

Theresa Pitts-Singer, USDA-ARS; Peter Teal, USDA-ARS

Evolving Policies on Pollinator Risk Assessment and Conservation - Doug Holy, USDANRCS;

Thomas Moriarty, Environmental Protection Agency; R. Thomas Van Arsdall, Pollinator

Partnership; Mace Vaughan, Xerces Society

Status of Pollinators Worldwide - David De Jong, University of São Paulo, Brazil ; Keith

Delaplane, University of Georgia ; Yves Le Conte, Institut National de la Recherche

Agronomique, Avignon-France; Peter Neumann, Honeybee Pathology Section Swiss Bee

Research Centre, Switzerland ; Stuart Roberts, Bees Ants Wasps Recording Society (BWARS),

UK; Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Penn State University;

Impacts of Environmental Toxins - Reed Johnson, University of Nebraska; Chris Mullin,

Penn State University ; Andreas Thrasyvoulou. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece;

Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, USDA-ARS

Disease Ecology - Diana Cox-Foster, Rajwinder Singh, and Abby Kalkstein, Penn State

University; Ben Sadd and Paul Schmid-Hempel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Marla Spivak,

University of Minnesota; Rosalind James and Junhuan Xu, USDA-ARS; Michael Otterstatter

and James Thomson, University of Toronto, Canada; Thomas H. Kunz, Boston University; Dick

Rogers, Bayer Crop Science

Conservation and Ecological Applications of Native Pollinators - David Biddinger, Penn

State University ; Sydney Cameron, University of Illinois; Jim Cane, USDA;

Amotz Dafni, Haifa University, Israel; Tamar Keasar, University of Haifa , Israel;

Claire Kremen, UC Berkeley; Yael Mandelik, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel ;

David Mortensen, Penn State University; Uma Partap, International Centre for Integrated

Mountain Development, Nepal; Mark Scriber, Michigan State University ; Sharoni Shafir,

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B. Triwaks Bee Research Center , Israel; John Tooker, Penn

State University ; Baldwyn Torto, International Centre of Insect, Kenya.


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