Where Have The Bees Gone, And What Can We Do?
Speaker/Guide: Dr John Wenzel
University researcher, field researcher on insects, Department Chair
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall
The current understanding and crisis in pollinator health, the causes of the problems, and what paths may lead to a better future for bees will be examined. Honeybees and native bees will be examined separately. Emphasis will be on the overlooked value of native bees who are the pollinating powerhouses of most of our fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Wenzel graduated Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts, with Honors in 1981 and received his PhD in 1988 from the University Kansas, Department of Entomology. John’s studies of social insects include ants, bees, and wasps, with a focus on the evolution of complex behavior and the organization of work. His career has taken him to many remote locations around the world, with more than three years in the field in tropical America and Africa, and a year in Europe. He has held positions at the University of Georgia, the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, and at the American Museum of Natural History,New York. John was with Ohio State Department of Entomology for 17 years. He served as Director of the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity for ten years. John joined the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 2011, at Powdermill Nature Reserve, a 2,200 acre parcel in the Laurel Highland where he has built new education and research programs on forest regeneration and pollinator health.