Episode 11 with pollinator scientists Dr. Valerie Peters and Dr. Jackie Grant!
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Dr. Valerie Peters
Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. Valerie Peters is a community ecologist with over 20 years of experience working in the New World Tropics. Valerie received her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia. For her dissertation research Valerie studied how to best manage coffee plantations for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and she was the Principal Investigator for an Earthwatch expedition on Sustainable Coffee Production in Costa Rica from 2006 to 2009. Valerie recently joined the faculty in the Biology department at Eastern Kentucky University. Eastern Kentucky is home to the spectacular Red River Gorge, the Daniel Boone National Forest and many other great opportunities for hiking and exploring nature—Valerie’s favorite activity to do in her spare time.
Dr. Jacqualine Grant
Associate Professor of Biology, Southern Utah University
Dr. Jacqualine (Jackie) Grant is a long-time conservation biologist who loves Utah’s amazing landscapes, interesting people, and outstanding desert biodiversity. She teaches genetics and conservation biology, directs the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, and manages the University of the Parks initiative at Southern Utah University.
Keep a lookout for Pollinator Watch!
Take part in a backyard- or community-based citizen science research project that aims to reduce the continued decline of pollinators around the world by engaging members of the public in data collection activities.
Look good while doing good!
Conserving Wild Bees and Other Pollinators of Costa Rica
Bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators provide services that are critical to our future food security and the ecological health of the planet. Help scientists conserve these crucial species.
North America: San Luis de Monteverde and Las Cruces in Coto Brus, Costa Rica
Lead Scientist: Valerie Peters, Ph.D.
Duration: 7+ days (avg. $271 a day)