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Pollinator Conservation Specialist
NRCS RCPP Partner Biologist
Connecticut River Valley
Julie Michaelson

As the Connecticut River Valley pollinator conservation planner, Julie collaborates with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the American Farmland Trust (AFT) to provide technical support, training, and conservation planning assistance to producers and land managers seeking to develop pollinator and beneficial insect habitat.

Prior to joining Xerces, Julie was an environmental steward with New York state parks where she monitored and managed habitat for the endangered Karner blue butterfly. As a graduate student in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, Julie researched  the role of landscape complexity on the establishment success of a biological control agent and native parasitoid communities. When she is not working with insects, Julie enjoys hiking to see insects, painting portraits of insects, and taking photos of insects.