Register for our webinar on Monday, April 13, and join nationally leading experts for an in-depth discussion on their work around the global climate crisis, clean energy, and pollinator health. The presenters will share actions we all can take in our personal lives as well as answer audience questions.
Dr. Marla Spivak
MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology at University of Minnesota
Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Recent awards include the 2015 Minnesota AgriGrowth Distinguished Service Award, the 2016 Siehl Prize laureate for excellence in agriculture, and the 2016 Wings WorldQuest Women of Discovery Earth Award. She and Gary Reuter bred a line of honey bees, the Minnesota Hygienic line, to defend themselves against diseases and parasitic mites. Current research includes studies of the benefits of plant resins (propolis) to honey bees, and the effects of agricultural landscapes and pesticides on bee health. Marla’s interest in bees began when she worked for a commercial beekeeper in New Mexico in 1975. She obtained her PhD from the University of Kansas in 1989 on the identification and ecology of Africanized and European honey bees in Costa Rica.
Dr. Katharine Heyhoe
Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and co-Director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University
Katharine Hayhoe is an Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law in the Public Administration program of the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University and co-directs the Climate Center at Texas Tech. She has a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Colgate University and from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. Professor Hayhoe has published over 125 peer-reviewed abstracts and publications and served as lead author on key reports for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences, including the Second, Third and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments. Her TED talk has received nearly 3 million views and she is currently writing a book on talking about climate change that will be released in early 2021.
Director, Center for Pollinators in Energy at Fresh Energy
As director of Center for Pollinators in Energy at Fresh Energy, Davis helps accelerate the nation’s transition to use of clean and renewable energy. Davis’ work has been featured in trainings by the U.S. Dept of the Interior’s National Conservation Training Center and the U.S. Dept. of Energy, as well as in feature stories in Fast Company, Scientific American, Solar Power, and Solar Builder. Along with an NREL senior analyst, Davis is co-chair of the research and outreach committee for the nation’s leading study of low-impact solar development. Davis’ work on pollinator-friendly solar was recognized with a 2018 Excellence in Solar Policy Award, and in 2019, a Regional Emmy Award and “Best Pubic Affairs Campaign” Award at Solar Power International. Previously, Davis helped launch technology start-ups and created the international crowdsourced campaign that launched the Firefox web browser. He is a graduate of Macalester College.