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Landscaping for Biodiversity: A plant-insect perspective
Humans actively manage and alter the majority of earth's habitats including spaces very close to home. In this presentation, Dr. Karin Burghardt outlines ways that decisions within one's own personal scope of management (gardens, yards, parks, and other green spaces) alter plant/animal interactions, particularly the successful completion of the life cycles of insect herbivores. While insect pests are often maligned in garden settings, a wide array of insects are quietly performing essential functions for food-webs and ecosystems. In this talk, Dr. Burghardt introduces you to some of these amazing critters and suggests tweaks that can be made to your landscape practices such as native plant selection, yard care approaches, and pest management to retain biodiversity and function in the spaces we inhabit everyday.

Jun 15, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Karin Burghardt
Assistant Professor in the Entomology Dept. @University of Maryland
Dr. Karin Burghardt is an Assistant Professor in the Entomology Department at the University of Maryland and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Trained as a community ecologist, she specializes in understanding plant-insect interactions in human-modified landscapes ranging from suburban yards to abandoned agricultural fields to managed forests. By examining how human management practices alter the support of biodiversity in these spaces, the lab’s research program helps determine best practices for how humans can share space with a variety of flora and fauna. Karin received her M.S. and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University working with Oswald Schmitz on herbivore-induced defenses in goldenrod plants. Prior to that she received a B.S. from the University of Delaware in 2007 working with Douglas Tallamy on the role of non-native plants in ecosystems. Find more information on the lab's work on her website: www.karinburghardt.com