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2017 Pollinator Summit – Every Flower Counts

Thursday, November 02, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Running Time: 8 hours

Every Flower Counts: Cultivating Minds and Landscapes for Pollinators

The second annual Pollinator Summit convened by the Colorado Pollinator Network brings together nationally and regionally recognized pollinator experts to present and discuss strategies for protecting and managing land to support pollinators in Colorado. This Summit is designed for organizations, agencies, businesses, professionals, educators, growers, land managers, researchers and volunteers actively working to conserve and protect pollinators and their habitats.

 

Morning Keynote Speaker

Scott Hoffman Black has extensive experience in the conservation of endangered species and pollinators, sustainable agricultural and issues related to the management of ranges and forests. He has authored more than 200 scientific and popular publications, co-authored two books and contributed chapters to others. He has also been featured in many media outlets. Hoffman Black holds a Master of Science degree in ecology and a Bachelor of Science in horticulture, both through the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University.

 

He serves as the Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Butterfly Specialist Group, Chair of the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, Vice Chair of the Monarch Joint Venture and as Deputy Chair of the IUCN Invertebrate Conservation Subcommittee. He was awarded the 2011 Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus Award and the U.S. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas 2012 Butterfly Conservation Award.

 

 

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

World travelers without the passport: review of plants fingerprints

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

Pollen grains are not only essential in plant reproduction, they are also valuable tools in countless other applications. A pollen grain’s uniquely ornamented outer wall, called the exine, consists of sporopollenin, which is the most resistant material known in the organic world. It is chemically stable and remains unchanged in pollen grains that are 500 million years old. It is resistant to non-oxidative chemicals, enzymes and strong chemical reagents, concentrated acids and bases and remains unchanged when pollen grains are heated to 300°C (572°F). With these unique qualities, pollen grains can provide insight into climate change and plant-climate interactions, landscape development and human impact in vegetation throughout the history of mankind. Pollen grains can even help solve murders.

 

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski of Denver Botanic Gardens is a Finnish-born scientist with a Ph.D. in quaternary biology from the University of Lund, Sweden and D.Sc. in aeropalynology from the University of Stockholm. She has worked with pollen grains since her first year in college and has been involved in all aspects of them from marine archaeology to asthma and from lake sediments in the arctic tundra to the snowfields in South Georgia, Antarctic. She is the author and co-author of many scholarly publications and has taught at universities worldwide. Since 2007, she has coordinated and managed Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration.

 

Breakout sessions will include:

Education, Land Management, Policy/Advocacy, Research and Science.

 

$35, includes all programming and lunch

 

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