Dr. Gabriela Chavarria is a leading expert in pollinators. As NRDC Director of their Science Center, Dr. Chavarria applies her scientific knowledge to translate the most up to date science to develop ideas and solutions to environmental problems. Prior to joining NRDC, she served as the Vice President for Science and International Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, Policy Director for Wildlife Conservation at the National Wildlife Federation and as the director of international and special programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C. She is now a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, where she works on pollinator conservation. Dr. Chavarria has significant expertise in invasive species control and the conservation of threatened and endangered species. Her scholarly publications include articles on biodiversity, bird conservation, invasive species, entomology and pollinators. Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Chavarria has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the National University of Mexico, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University.
Dr. Jay Evans is a Research Entomologist with the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory and the Lead Scientist for the BRL’s honey bee disease research program. Current projects involve honey bee traits important for disease resistance and colony health and the genetics of various bee pests and pathogens. He was closely involved with the honey bee genome project, for which he focused on honey bee traits of agricultural and medical importance, including honey bee immune traits, and has since helped annotate immune-related genes in diverse insect genomes. He has published the first population-genetic markers for honey bee pests ranging from fungi to beetles, and genome sequences for bacterial, fungal, and microsporidial pathogens. His current work employs 80-120 field honey bee colonies, laboratory techniques including nucleic acid analyses, microinjection and artificial insemination, and bioinformatic approaches for bee and microbe genomes. He is an Editorial Board member for BMC Genomics, BMC Research Notes, and the Journal of Apicultural Research, and has served on a variety of USDA, national, and international panels related to genomics, honey bees, and pathogens.
Sam Droege received an undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and a Master’s at the State University of New York – Syracuse. Most of his career has been spent at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He has coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program, developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the Bioblitz, and FrogwatchUSA programs and worked on the design and evaluation of monitoring programs. Currently he is developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees, online identification guides for North American bees at www.discoverlife.org, and with Jessica Zelt reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program.
Robert J. Johnson is the President of the Wildlife Habitat Council, an international organization that works with private landowners, primarily corporations, to manage the unused land on their property for wildlife habitat. Since 1995, Mr. Johnson had served as the Executive Vice President of WHC. For the past ten years under his direction, WHC has established ground-breaking programs that focus on public participation and community education, migratory bird and pollinator habitat, watershed protection and riparian restoration, revitalization of green spaces and urban lands and ecological reuse of contaminated properties. He has helped the organization form key initiatives through partnerships with agencies and conservation groups. Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. in physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and a M.S. in oceanography from New York University. His civic leadership spans over 40 years of service and various honors. He was presented with an Outstanding U.S. EPA Service Award and was the recipient of a Secchi Disk award by the North American Lake Management Society, the highest honor that the society bestows on an individual member for outstanding service.
Kimberly Winter, NWFs Habitats Program Manager, oversees national efforts to bring wildlife conservation into the minds and backyards of every American. Prior to coming to NWF, Kim served as the International Coordinator for the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), for which she served as a liaison and organizer of over 125 collaborating federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and other partners throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. She currently oversees NWF's new Flyway Cities Coalition, a national project that unites diverse government and private groups under the common theme of creating corridors of wildlife habitat through urban areas. Kim has a doctorate degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management, a master’s degree in Ecological Anthropology.
Scott Hoffman Black is Executive Director of the Xerces Society, the international organization dedicated to protecting biological diversity through invertebrate conservation. He is an, ecologist and entomologist. He has extensive experience in native pollinator and endangered species conservation. As a researcher, conservationist and teacher he has worked for over 25 years advocating science based conservation. Scott has authored many scientific and popular publications and his work has been featured in newspaper, magazines and books and on radio and TV.
Workshop Presenters & Exhibitors
A Comparison of Natural and Manmade Fragmentation Effects within Three Pollination Networks of Erigeron Species at Fort Huachuca, AZ
Effects of Invasives on the Distribution of Keystone Desert Plants on Military Lands
Fundamental Properties of Pollination Networks on Army Ranges
Genetic Approach for Using Pollen to Determine Plant Resources used by Nectarivorous Bats
Rick Lance, Chief of Environmental Processes Branch,
Pamela Bailey, Research Botanist
Denise Lindsay, Research Biologist
Liz Bell, Biologist Vandenberg AFB: Insects that Teach
Vandenberg AFB's team of natural resource managers use insects as teaching tools in many different base-wide programs. Because insects are diverse, numerous and widely available, they provide the perfect platform for community outreach events, particularly when working with children. Several specific programs are detailed, including materials needed, challenges and highlights from each program.
Susan Reines Robinson, Wildlife Habitat Council: Integrating Pollinators into the Invasive Species Section of your INRMP
If you’re controlling invasive plants, you’re already managing for pollinators! This poster provides information about how invasive species management benefits pollinators and how you can tweak your invasive species management efforts to help pollinators even more.
Tim Wilder, Directorate of Public Works, Fort McCoy Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Management – Tim Wilder and Dave Beckmann
Fort McCoy has been successful in monitoring and managing the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly since it was listed in 1992. Karner Blue Butterfly habitat management includes the enhancement and restoration of wild lupine (Lupinus perennis) populations and various other nectaring plant species which benefit multiple insect species. Balancing the needs for these species to meet conservation goals while ensuring the completion of the military mission is the primary goal.
Jane Mallory, DoD Legacy Program & Claudia Kessel, National Environmental Education Foundation: National Public Lands Day-Small Projects Making a Big Difference to Pollinators
Summarizes information about this valuable program that enables small conservation projects to be implemented by volunteers, how DoD participates in the program, some recent examples of National Public Lands Day projects on DoD installations across the country that have or will benefit pollinators, and how to participate and possibly get funding.
Tom Van Arsdall: North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC)/Pollinator Partnership (P2) Exhibit
When one tries to combine bees and other pollinating insects along with scattered populations of rare, threatened and endangered flowering plants, it is a formidable task to document the known or suspected pollinators of these plants. NAPPC/P2 is developing a new data base on pollinators of endangered plant species on military lands in the western states to integrated into DoD Legacy Resource Management Program database. The exhibit will also feature new “Planting for Pollinators Ecoregional Guides, and other exciting pollinator initiatives.
Susan Reines Robinson, Wildlife Habitat Council: Partnerships for Pollinators: using the NAPPC curriculum with the Wildlife Habitat Council
Explore the exciting world of interdependent relationships through Nature’s Partners: Plants, Pollinators and You, an inquiry-based curriculum of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC). The NAPPC is a coalition of NGOs, scientists, concerned individuals and government organizations dedicated to learning about and protecting pollinators—bees, hummingbirds, bats, butterflies and other organisms—that perform this life-sustaining service which not only supports humans but many other aspects of our ecosystems.
Mary Anderson, AFSPC Pest Management Consultant and Natural Infrastructure Manager: Tools and techniques for Pollinator Identification & Habitat Management
Here is a chance to see the tools available to everyone for insect identification and preservation, reference materials, and some fun techniques that you can implement at home or on base to encourage (and showcase) all kinds of pollinators – birds and the bees, and bats and butterflies, just to name a few.