Science Pub Eugene

Date: May. 8, 2014 Time: 7-9pm Located at: Cozmic, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
Who is this for: All ages Cost: $5 suggested donation

Science Pub Eugene

Native Pollinators of the Willamette Valley
with August Jackson, assistant site manager at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Lately you have been asked to imagine a world without bees, or more specifically, without the European honey bee. Renderings of empty supermarket shelves paint a grim picture, but is it an accurate one? In fact, native pollinators are already filling the gaps in agricultural systems, and in many instances they are being utilized with greater efficiency than honey bees. However, this diverse subset of animals plays an even more important role in sustaining natural ecosystems.

With a focus on well-known local flora, August Jackson, Assistant Site Manager at Mount Pisgah Arboretum, will discuss one of nature's most fascinating and intricate mutualisms, and unravel some of the complex interactions that color our world. Learn how flowers choose their pollinators, and how pollinators in turn shape floral evolution. August will also illustrate how a good understanding of local pollination webs can inform better restoration practices.

August's interest in pollinating insects was sparked when he participated in a Forest Service survey for the fabled Mardon skipper butterfly on Mount Hood in 2009. August worked in the Forest Service for four summer seasons, serving as a biological technician and a trail crew supervisor, while studying environmental geography at the University of Oregon. For the past two and a half years, he has served as the Assistant Site Manager at Mount Pisgah Arboretum, which he considers to be an unrivaled classroom for ecological study. August regularly leads walks at the Arboretum, which range in topic from bird and flower identification, to invasive species and wetland ecology. His walks and photography have been featured on the local news. When he isn't working or exploring on Mount Pisgah, August can be found studying the flora and fauna of more far-flung regions of the Northwest.


Science Pub Eugene is a monthly event open to all ages. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!

Questions? E-mail sciencepub@omsi.edu.