Dr. Christina Grozinger

Dr. Christina Grozinger

Tupper Lake, NY – Dr. Christina Grozinger, associate professor of entomology at Penn State University and the director of the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research will speak at The Wild Center on Wednesday, July 19th at 6pm about “The Global Pollinator Crisis”. There will be a reception hosted by AdkAction.org at 6pm, and the lecture will begin at 7pm. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Grozinger will explain the importance of pollinators such as bees to agricultural production. She will also discuss the various reasons for the global declines in pollinator populations that have been documented in recent years, including pesticides, parasites, viruses, reduced genetic diversity, poor management practices of managed pollinator populations, and habitat destruction. She will highlight ongoing research at Penn State University, where scientists are seeking to better understand the impacts of these factors on pollinator health, and to find solutions that could be implemented locally, nationally, and globally.

Grozinger has received national and international recognition for her research. She has presented over 35 invited seminar or symposia lectures in the last five years, including plenary and keynote lectures at the 2010 Congress of the International Society for the Study of Social Insects in Denmark and the 2011 International Society for the Study of Chemical Ecology conference in Vancouver, Canada. She was awarded the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and the Penn State Harbaugh Faculty Scholars Program Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, among other honors.

Grozinger received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology at McGill University in 1997. She received a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for her graduate work in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, where she received her master’s and doctoral degrees in 1999 and 2001, respectively. Grozinger was awarded a Beckman Institute Fellowship for her post-doctoral studies with Gene Robinson at the University of Illinois. In 2004, she joined the faculty at North Carolina State University as an assistant professor of insect genomics. In 2008, she joined the Department of Entomology at Penn State.

The Adirondack Pollinator Project is a new partnership initiative between The Wild Center, ADKAction.org, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy, Local Living Venture, and Common Ground Garden in Saranac Lake. Our mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. The purpose of the project is to build awareness, knowledge, and understanding about the global and local importance of pollinators across the Adirondack region and to empower people to take individual and collective action to help pollinators thrive.

This event is sponsored by The Adirondack Garden Club, Under the Sun Landscaping, Northern New York Audubon Society, and media sponsors: North Country Public Radio.

For more information and to register, please visit us online at www.wildcenter.org