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Part 1: Plants & People
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:30-4:30 p.m. 
  Vera Krischik
University of Minnesota Extension Specialist and Associate Professor

Vera Krischik is a tenured Associate Professor in the Entomology Department at the University of Minnesota. Vera taught 2 courses until 2014: ENT 5009, Pesticide Use and Misuse and ENT 4015, Ornamental and Turf IPM. She was author on three books; one published in 2004 by the MN Agricultural Experiment Station on "IPM of Midwest Landscapes", 316 pp. She is director of CUES: Center for sustainable urban ecosystems that promote IPM and pollinator conservation, online at http://cues.cfans.umn.edu/old/ In 2010 and 2014 Krischik received an LCCMR grant on Mitigating Pollinator decline. An outreach a poster on the right plants for bees, a protecting bee bulletin, pesticide and bee bulletin, and an online workshop are available at the CUES Website under Pollinator Conservations at http://cues.cfans.umn.edu/old/; Vera maintains 2 other websites: UM extension greenhouse, nursery, and landscape website; www.extension.umn.edu/garden/plant-nursery-health/ and CFANS CUES website cues.cfans.umn.edu/  
 
 

Tim Kenny
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director of Education and Statewide Director, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Tim is a self professed plant guy. He has been tending plants since he was a child, has a background in the horticulture industry, and has extensive experience as an educator of all ages from early elementary through adult learners, in a wide range of settings including public schools, urban neighborhood gardens, and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, where he currently serves as Director of Education and Statewide Director of the Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer program. Academically, Tim holds three degrees; a Bachelors of Science in Education, and a Masters of Public Affairs.
 

Becky Masterman
Ph.D., University of Minnesota Bee Squad Coordinator

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  Karl Foord
University of Minnesota Extension Educator
Karl received his Master's degree in Horticulture from Rutgers University, his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California at Davis, and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Minnesota. He has worked in Extension for the last 19 years holding positions in Renville, Dakota, and Hennepin Counties. For the last ten years he has been a member of the Horticulture Working group addressing both commercial and consumer horticultural topics. On the commercial side he has worked on the economics of high tunnel production of fruits and vegetables. His present research concerns the role of native bees as pollinators in the production of fruit crops including apples, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. 
 
  Mary Meyer
University of Minnesota Extension Specialist and Professor
Dr. Meyer joined the Horticultural Science faculty in 1993 and has primarily an Extension/outreach and research appointment. Her research interests include native and ornamental grasses and sedges, especially Miscanthus, Schizachyrium, Pennisetum and Carex pensylvanica. She has studied propagation and production of grasses including cold hardiness, and low maintenance sustainable landscaping. Blue Heaven is a patented little bluestem,(Schizachyrium), she released in 2007. She also conducts research on alternative low maintenance turfgrasses. She has studied Miscanthus and where it has escaped in the United States especially in National Parks and authored the website entitled Miscanthus: Ornamental and Invasive Grass. She is the author of Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates which can be purchased from the University of Minnesota Extension Service. 
 
  Erik Runquist
PH.D., Minnesota Zoo Butterfly conservation Biologist
Erik Runquist is Butterfly Conservation Biologist at the Minnesota Zoo where he manages the Prairie Butterfly Conservation Program. Partnering with many agencies and organizations, he works to reduce the risk of extinction of endangered prairie butterflies like the Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling through foundational conservation breeding populations, conducting wild population monitoring, population genetics and agricultural pesticide impacts studies, and performing public outreach about pollinators.
Erik has been chasing butterflies around the world since childhood and recently completed his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. He has worked on conservation breeding, re-introduction, and monitoring efforts with several rare butterflies, including the critically endangered Schaus Swallowtail in the Florida Keys. He also conducted foundational butterfly ecology surveys that helped establish Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
 
  Heather Holm
Author of Pollinators of Native Plants (2014)
Author of the recently released book Pollinators of Native Plants, Heather Holm is the owner of a Minnesota-based landscape design and consulting business specializing in native landscapes. She is a passionate advocate for the use of native plants to attract and support pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife in home landscapes, organic farms, and restored landscapes.Heather writes for the social media website Houzz about pollinators and native plants. 
 
Part 2: Pesticides & Other Problems
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
 
  Vera Krischik
University of Minnesota Extension Specialist and Associate Professor

Vera Krischik is a tenured Associate Professor in the Entomology Department at the University of Minnesota. Vera taught 2 courses until 2014: ENT 5009, Pesticide Use and Misuse and ENT 4015, Ornamental and Turf IPM. She was author on three books; one published in 2004 by the MN Agricultural Experiment Station on "IPM of Midwest Landscapes", 316 pp. She is director of CUES: Center for sustainable urban ecosystems that promote IPM and pollinator conservation, online at http://cues.cfans.umn.edu/old/ In 2010 and 2014 Krischik received an LCCMR grant on Mitigating Pollinator decline. An outreach a poster on the right plants for bees, a protecting bee bulletin, pesticide and bee bulletin, and an online workshop are available at the CUES Website under Pollinator Conservations at http://cues.cfans.umn.edu/old/; Vera maintains 2 other websites: UM extension greenhouse, nursery, and landscape website; www.extension.umn.edu/garden/plant-nursery-health/ and CFANS CUES website cues.cfans.umn.edu/
 
 

Tim Kenny
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director of Education and Statewide Director, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Tim is a self professed plant guy. He has been tending plants since he was a child, has a background in the horticulture industry, and has extensive experience as an educator of all ages from early elementary through adult learners, in a wide range of settings including public schools, urban neighborhood gardens, and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, where he currently serves as Director of Education and Statewide Director of the Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer program. Academically, Tim holds three degrees; a Bachelors of Science in Education, and a Masters of Public Affairs.

 

Dana Kolpin
Research Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey

Dana Kolpin is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Iowa City, IA. He received his B.S. from Iowa State University and his M.S. from the University of Iowa (both in geology). His research interests include the fate and transport of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other contaminants of emerging concern in the environment. He has published over 100 papers and reports on environmental contaminants. He has been the project chief of the USGS Toxic Program's Emerging Contaminants Project since its inception in 1998.d occurrence of neonicotinoid insecticides in streams across the United States.
 

 

Lex Horan
Organizer, Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

Lex Horan is an organizer with Pesticide Action Network North America, which works to replace hazardous pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. At PAN, Lex works on campaigns to protect bees & other pollinators from pesticides, and to combat pesticide drift from large-scale potato production in northern Minnesota. Lex joined PAN's Minneapolis staff in June 2013. His background is in organizing with many different communities for racial, economic, and gender justice.
 

 

Robert Koch
Assistant Professor and Extension Entomologist at the University of Minnesota

Dr. Koch's research and extension responsibilities focus on applied ecology and integrated pest management of insects associated with soybean. Currently, research in his laboratory focuses on the soybean aphid and brown marmorated stink bug. Dr. Koch received a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Minnesota and Bachelor's degree in biology from St. John's University. Prior to this position at the University of Minnesota, he worked with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
 

 

Marla Spivak
MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota

Dr. Spivak's research efforts focus on protecting the health of all bees and breeding bees for their natural defenses against diseases and parasites.
 

Part 3: Policies & Politics
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
 
 

Vera Krischik
University of Minnesota Extension Specialist and Associate Professor

Vera Krischik is a tenured Associate Professor in the Entomology Department at the University of Minnesota. Vera taught 2 courses until 2014: ENT 5009, Pesticide Use and Misuse and ENT 4015, Ornamental and Turf IPM. She was author on three books; one published in 2004 by the MN Agricultural Experiment Station on "IPM of Midwest Landscapes", 316 pp. She is director of CUES: Center for sustainable urban ecosystems that promote IPM and pollinator conservation, online at http://cues.cfans.umn.edu/old/ In 2010 and 2014 Krischik received an LCCMR grant on Mitigating Pollinator decline. An outreach a poster on the right plants for bees, a protecting bee bulletin, pesticide and bee bulletin, and an online workshop are available at the CUES Website under Pollinator Conservations at http://cues.cfans.umn.edu/old/; Vera maintains 2 other websites: UM extension greenhouse, nursery, and landscape website; www.extension.umn.edu/garden/plant-nursery-health/ and CFANS CUES website cues.cfans.umn.edu/ .
 

 

Tim Kenny
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director of Education and Statewide Director, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Tim is a self professed plant guy. He has been tending plants since he was a child, has a background in the horticulture industry, and has extensive experience as an educator of all ages from early elementary through adult learners, in a wide range of settings including public schools, urban neighborhood gardens, and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, where he currently serves as Director of Education and Statewide Director of the Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer program. Academically, Tim holds three degrees; a Bachelors of Science in Education, and a Masters of Public Affairs.
 

 

Laurie Schneider
Founder and co-President of Pollinator Friendly Alliance in Stillwater, Minnesota

The Pollinator Friendly Alliance is an energetic group of volunteers, experts and partnering organizations dedicated to saving pollinators. We work to protect pollinators through education, habitat creation and removing harmful pesticides. We implement pollinator friendly programs through the expertise of our partners and the enthusiasm of the community. We envision a community that values our environment and lives in harmony with our pollinators. Following in her ancestor's footsteps, Laurie is an active conservationist and beekeeper. She is the steward of an organic hobby farm, and as a photographer, she is working on a documentary to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable farming.
 

 

Lex Horan
Organizer, Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

Lex Horan is an organizer with Pesticide Action Network North America, which works to replace hazardous pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. At PAN, Lex works on campaigns to protect bees & other pollinators from pesticides, and to combat pesticide drift from large-scale potato production in northern Minnesota. Lex joined PAN's Minneapolis staff in June 2013. His background is in organizing with many different communities for racial, economic, and gender justice.
 

 

Crystal Boyd
Bee researcher, DNR's Minnesota Biological Survey

Ms. Boyd earned her undergraduate degrees at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities an M.S. in Museum and Field Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Crystal is currently compiling a state species list of Minnesota bees and conducting field surveys in Minnesota prairies.
 

  Kristy Lynn Allen
Founder and head beekeeper of The Beez Kneez, LLC
Beez Kneez in 2013, lost a beehive to a pesticide kill in south Minneapolis. In response, alongside members of the community, a campaign called Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives was launched. The campaign was influential in the passage of two pollinator laws in 2014.
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