People, Plants, and Pollinators: Lessons from the front lines of biodiversity conservation
With Dr. Dino J. Martins, Phd Harvard 2011 in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Barrows Conservation Lecture Series at the Cincinnati Zoo
May 7, 2019.
HCC Reception at 5:30 followed by 7 pm lecture. $27
The decline in pollinators threatens our global food supply. Join us to to learn more about this cutting edge issue with Dr. Dino Martins, FAS OEB '11. He is currently working for the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya as Executive Director and also serves as technical advisor to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on issues relating to biodiversity, pastoralism, and subsistence agriculture.
Dr. Martins’ current scientific research is focused on the evolution and ecology of interactions between species: insects and plants, vectors and hosts and parasites. Current research includes work with farmers in relation to bees and pesticides and improving pollinator awareness and conservation, general studies of bee evolution and ecology in East Africa, hawkmoth and butterfly pollination, co-evolution and the links between biodiversity and landscape-level processes. Dr Martins currently leads projects on the biology vectors for malaria, trachoma, leishmaniasis and other neglected tropical diseases in relation to adaptation to climate, landscape and environmental changes in the Turkana Basin and Greater Horn of Africa region. His work has been featured in the Smithsonian magazine, the Guardian, TED, the BBC as well as in National Geographic.
His career has focused on fostering greater awareness of science and research in connection to conservation and human livelihoods. He was awarded the 2015 Whitley Gold award, a prestigious environmental prize for his work with local communities to encourage the adoption of more sustainable farming practices that conserve pollinators, boost crop yields, and benefit people in East Africa.
Communicating and celebrating biodiversity is one of Dr Martins passions and he has authored the ‘Insects of East Africa’, ‘Butterflies of East Africa’ (with S. Collins) and: ‘Our Friends the Pollinators: A Handbook of Pollinator Diversity and Conservation in East Africa. This book has been downloaded over 7000 times from the web and content accessed by hundreds of thousands of farmers through digital and social media platforms.
Tuesday, 05/7/19 at 5:30pm - 9:00pm | iCal
Cincinnati Zoo Peacock Pavilion
3400 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45220
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Since 1993, the Barrows Lecture Series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts. For over 25 years, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has presented its Wildlife Conservation Award to one of its Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speakers.
The Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of the family of Winifred & Emil Barrows.