2020 Faculty Lecture, "Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard"
From Joseph Dombroski
Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending
extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer
birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective
our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and
animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to
continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news
is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps
that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity
and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.
Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 95 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug's new book 'Nature's Best Hope' released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller.
This is the 2020 Faculty Lecture, an annual event sponsored by the Friends of the University of Delaware Library.