“Pollination is a critical service that humans rely on for 75% of the foods we eat,” she said. “In this talk, we will introduce attendees to the diversity of pollinators in Pennsylvania, how, when, and why they are important, and share some of the research being conducted by scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research and Insect Biodiversity Center.”
Boyle is the coordinator for educational programming at the center, where she oversees the development of residential, online and extension courses in pollinator-friendly landscaping and insect conservation. Her research background is in improving managed solitary bee husbandry and management, which has fueled her current research interests in bee foraging behavior and nutrition.
Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research consists of more than 30 independent faculty, including researchers, educators, extension specialists and outreach coordinators, spanning multiple departments and colleges at Penn State. “Together, we are committed to studying the factors impacting pollinator health and developing and implementing creative approaches to pollinator conservation,” she said.
About the Research Unplugged speakers series
Research Unplugged is a long-running educational community partnership aligned with Schlow Library’s mission of providing Centre Region residents access to unique and engaging programming as the area’s “Centre of Reading and Learning.” Funding for RU is provided, in part, by Schlow Library Foundation.
About the Pasto Agricultural Museum
The Pasto Agricultural Museum is a forum for scientists, practitioners, and the public to engage in important issues facing agriculture and the environment. Museum visitors explore the intersection of history and science interpreted in programs, exhibits, and events that feature tools, technology, present day practice and research.
For more information about the Pasto Museum or the scheduled Research Unplugged talks in October, contact Rita Graef, curator, at 814-863-1383 or email@example.com.