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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Author, Biodiversity Expert Tallamy Speaks at SU Wednesday, December 7

Doug TallamySALISBURY, MD---Doug Tallamy, who has devoted over 30 years to studying insect-plant interactions, is concerned about the loss of biodiversity in suburban landscapes.

He discusses how these interactions determine the diversity of animal communities 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, in the Great Hall of Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall. He also offers advice on how those in attendance may help regain lost biodiversity.

Tallamy describes 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, 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. 

His talk is sponsored by the Housing and Residence Life Office, Green Living Learning Community, Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts and Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology. Admission is free and the public is invited.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.



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