Scientist Lecture

Delve deeper into the issues and conditions that impact the world around us. These free academic lectures allow you to step back into the classroom and learn from the experts.

Starting this year, our Scientist Lecture Series is moving to Wednesday.  Each lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. All programs are held at 7pm.

Nov. 15, 2017 – A Growing Conservation Focus in Shrinking Cities: How Vacant Land Ecology Structures Bee Communities 

Mary Gardiner, PhD, Ohio State University  

Urban landscapes are often regarded as desolate, degraded and lifeless. But urban greenspaces can support a variety of living organisms, including pollinators. Gardiner studies arthropod communities on vacant land in cities like Cleveland, Ohio, to better understand how urbanization impacts the pollinators themselves, and how pollinators can benefit other lot residents.


Jan. 17, 2018 – How Do We Restore Degraded Landscapes?

Lars Brudvig, PhD, Michigan State University

Habitat destruction is one of the most pressing ecological problems of the modern era, threatening biodiversity and ecosystem services on which human societies depend. Brudvig will discuss how humans impact ecosystems like the Midwestern prairies, oak savannas and southeastern longleaf pine savanna, and the best practices for restoring those systems. In addition, he will describe how degraded ecosystems can be used as natural experiments, examining basic biological processes like colonization and succession to better understand ecosystem dynamics.

Feb. 14, 2018 – Ant-Plant Mutualisms and the Management of Invaded Ecosystems

Kirsten Prior, PhD, State University of New York – Binghamton

Ants are important seed dispersers, and these tiny champions often form very tight relationships with plants, especially forest herbs. Some plants even provide food resources specifically to attract their favorite ant mutualists. But, when invasive species or climate change come onto the scene, these close relationships are vulnerable to disruption. Both plant and ant invaders have the potential to impact native mutualisms, with potentially devastating consequences for communities. Prior will discuss her work characterizing these mutualisms and her research on best management practices of invaded ecosystems.


Coming up …

Our Scientist Lecture Series will continue on May 16 with a talk by Robert Askins, PhD, Katharine Blunt Professor of Biology at Connecticut College on Preserving the Forests of Eastern North America – Insights from Japan and Europe. Watch for details in the spring issue of Holden Forests & Gardens magazine.