STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Holloway Hall

Special Seminar: Dr. Doug Tallamy

Bring Nature Home

Dr. Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware will speak on the value of planting native species in home landscaping as a strategy to mitigate biodiversity losses because these plants serve as food and habitat for so many other species.

This Special Seminar will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00 PM in the Great Hall, Holloway Hall.

Dr. Tallamy, who has devoted over 30 years to studying insect-plant interactions, is concerned about the loss of biodiversity in suburban landscapes.  He will discuss the important ecological roles of native plants, why most native insects are unable to utilize non-native plants, why insects are essential components of local food webs and why ecosystems without insects cannot provide the services that sustain humans.

As chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, and director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems at the University of Delaware, Dr. Tallamy is the author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, as well as more than 70 scholarly research articles.  He works to counter the dramatic drop in biodiversity from Americans' large-scale removal of native plants and the loss of creatures that depend on them.

This special seminar is sponsored by the Housing and Residence Life Office, Green Living Learning Community, Fulton School of Liberal Arts, and Henson School of Science and Technology.  Admission is free and the public is invited.