Join ecologist Dr. Scott Solomon for a discussion of the many ways that insects interact with plants, from adversarial enemies to essential partners. We’ll consider their negative impacts on plants and people through their roles as pests, parasites, and vectors of disease, as well as their many beneficial roles as pollinators, seed dispersers, and pest managers. You’ll gain insights into the fascinating lives and remarkable abilities of many insects. We’ll also consider the threats insects are facing, including climate change, habitat loss, and irresponsible use of pesticides. We hope you will leave with a better appreciation for and tools to happily coexist with these incredible creatures.
Dr. Scott Solomon is an Associate Teaching Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Rice University and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. His research examines the ecology and evolution of insects, microbes, and humans. Dr. Solomon is an enthusiastic speaker and often appears on TV, radio, and other media. He is the host of the series “Why Insects Matter: Earth’s Most Essential Species” and the podcast “Wild World with Scott Solomon.”
$25 Registration Fee includes after-hours admission to the Garden and lecture. Members receive a $10 discount.
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