A case for evidence – based pollinator conservation in Canada
A case for evidence-based pollinator conservation management
Global pollinator declines have caught the attention of the general public as well as policymakers. In Canada, bees make up the most important group of pollinators. However, the status of most wild bee species in Canada is unknown. Dr. Sheila Colla will describe what we know about ecology and conservation status for the best-studied group of wild bees, the bumblebees (Bombus spp.). Threats and intrinsic vulnerabilities will be compared and contrasted across species and geographic area. She will then explain where policy and science need to come together to conserve general biodiversity as well as bee species known to be at-risk of extinction.
Dr. Colla, is a classically trained Ecologist using scientific principles to address real-world conservation issues. Her research thus far has focused on the conservation of lesser understood native species such as bees, butterflies and flowering plants. As pollinators and pollination have become important issues among policymakers and the public in recent years, her work has become more interdisciplinary. She works closely with environmental NGOs, landowners, academic partners and government agencies at the municipal, provincial and federal levels to implement conservation management based on the best available science. Her research considers species with large ranges across the US and Canada but also local species which are at-risk in Ontario.