Portland State University's Department of Environmental Science and Management is presenting a winter seminar series on pollinators. The series continues with Scott Black, executive director of Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Though they are indisputably important, insects and other invertebrates are experiencing a multicontinental crisis evident as reductions in abundance, diversity and biomass. The loss of insect diversity is driven by habitat loss and degradation, pesticide use, climate change, diseases and more. The science is clear: It is impossible to address the loss of biodiversity without addressing climate change, but equally impossible to tackle the full impacts of climate change without working to protect and enhance biodiversity. Scott will discuss how nature-based solutions can address both.
This event is hosted by the Department of Environmental Science & Management, Portland State University
Contact: Cat de Riveria, [email protected], 503-725-9798
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Scott Black - Executive Director
Scott Black is an internationally renowned conservationist who has been at the forefront of the conservation movement for three decades. He is executive director of the Xerces Society, which under his leadership has become the premier invertebrate conservation organization in North America.
Scott’s work has led to protection and restoration of habitat on millions of acres of rangelands, forests, and farmland as well as protection for many endangered species. He is an author of the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators and Gardening for Butterflies and has written more than two hundred other publications, including a recent chapter on climate change and insects. His work has been honored with several awards, including the 2011 Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus Award, the U.S. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas 2012 Butterfly Conservation Award and the 2019 Wings Across the Americas International Research Partnership Award.
Scott also serves on the science advisory committee of the Nature-Based Climate Solutions, brings together cities, resource specialists, community-based organizations, scientists, innovators, land managers, and others to accelerate the implementation of carbon removal strategies that simultaneously improve the social, economic, and environmental resilience of local communities.