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Our Mission

Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.

Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.

 


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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Our Team

Staff and Consultants

Laurie Davies Adams

Laurie Davies Adams, President and CEO of the Pollinator Partnership, (www.pollinator.org), has for 19 years lead the world’s largest nonprofit devoted solely to the health of all pollinators. As Executive Director for 21 years, she presided P2’s signature initiatives, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), National Pollinator Week, Eco-regional planting guides, the BeeSmart™ Gardener App, the U.S. Bee Buffer Project and Monarch Wings Across America. She has signed agreements with over 11 federal agencies influencing over 1.5 billion acres of US land to encourage pollinator conservation. She is Vice-Chairman of the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Board. Under her direction, the Pollinator Partnership has twice won the EPA’s PESP Champion Award and the Garden Club of America’s National Environmental Stewardship Award. She was a key consultant with the White House on the Presidential Memorandum on Pollinators and instrumental in the development of the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

Kelly Rourke

Kelly Rourke has loved nature, in all its capacities, since she was a young girl growing up in upstate New York. Now settled in San Francisco, she has been able to explore and appreciate a very different environment. Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has also received a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management (Ecology Concentration) from the University of San Francisco. Her background in ecology, conservation, and culture has propelled her career in the non-profit sector. Prior to Pollinator Partnership (P2), Kelly worked at another bay area-based environmental non-profit called Conservacion Patagonica (CP). CP’s mission is to establish national parks in Chile and Argentina where there is not only fragile ecosystems, but also, complex cultural and societal struggles. Kelly manages the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), National Pollinator Week, www.pollinator.org, and P2 grants and scholarships.

Amber Barnes

Amber is a nature enthusiast who holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology, from the University of Akron. While her undergrad focused on Zoology, she has since broadened her interests through volunteer work and field positions. As a Field Botanist for the Cleveland Metroparks she contributed toward the long-term PCAP (Plant Community Assessment Program), which sparked an interest in vegetation research and the use of native plants in gardening and restoration projects. The following summer, she was chosen to participate in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Conservation and Land Management Internship as a Wildlife Technician. While stationed in Cedar City, Utah, she worked with the local Bureau of Land Management field office on several wildlife projects including greater sage-grouse conservation work, raptor nest surveys, Utah prairie dog studies, as well as several rangeland and riparian ecosystem health assessments and collecting native forb and grass seed for the Seeds of Success program. She is excited to bring her plant and wildlife experience together for the Pollinator Partnership as she helps lead and coordinate several of P2’s signature Monarch Wings Across America projects across the Midwest and assists with pollinator habitat creation and monitoring projects throughout the nation. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, photography, bowling, and volunteering.

​Anthony Colangelo

Anthony Colangelo is a biology enthusiast who spends most of his time admiring and taking photographs of local birds and bugs. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Queen’s University majoring in Biology, and researched interesting life history traits and parental care behaviours seen in many bird species during his undergraduate career. Anthony has worked through multiple field seasons on many study organisms including tree swallows, black-capped chickadees, and carrion beetles, and loves to be outdoors to conduct research. Based in Toronto, Anthony is excited to be working toward improving pollinator protection and health!

Sam Dilday

Sam is a graduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland working to obtain her Master’s in Environmental Science. Her love of bees began back in the United States while working as a Nature Instructor at her local nature center that housed their very own observatory beehive. She then began taking beekeeping courses, built her own solitary bee sanctuary, and helped collect native bee species for the USGS Maryland Bee Survey. In 2018, she moved to Newfoundland to study some of the world’s healthiest bees and work along side local apiarists in hopes to help strengthen the local commercial beekeeping operations. Her graduate research focuses on improving cryopreservation techniques for long term storage of drone semen which can be used to inseminated queens earlier in the Newfoundland season. She is also studying the differences in the local honeybee subspecies that will allow her to provide an educated recommendation to beekeepers on the best bees specifically for Newfoundland beekeeping. She is looking forward to continuing her bee research with the Pollinator Partnership, working more directly with Newfoundland’s beekeepers and farmers, and helping to develop new resources for the province.

Steven Gabrey

Steven has been involved in wildlife conservation for more than 25 years, having worked in a number of government and academic positions. His research experience includes wild turkeys, rooftop nesting gulls, bird and plant responses to coastal marsh management, bird and spider community responses to forest management practices, crayfish aquaculture, and alligator diets. He became fascinated with bird banding as a volunteer at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio, and obtained his USGS Master Bander permit in 2001. He has served on the board of directors of the Inland Bird Banding Association since 2015. He has written more than 2 dozen peer-reviewed publications and writes a quarterly column for the North American Bird Bander magazine. Steven is excited to join the Pollinator Partnership team and apply his years of field experience to P2’s Monarch Wings Across America program and collect plant-pollinator interaction data at a field research station in Arkansas.

Elizzabeth Kaufman

Elizzabeth’s passionate interests in native pollinator conservation and habitat restoration led her to join Pollinator Partnership in 2018. Prior to working with P2, Elizzabeth worked throughout the Midwest, Intermountain West, and Southwest with the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plant Science Center, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and in the horticultural arts and sciences specializing in the design of novel ecosystems and the restoration of native eco-scapes. Elizzabeth earned her BA in Human Ecology from Prescott College and MSc in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden. Elizzabeth is thrilled to join the P2 team, enabling her to focus her efforts on landscape-scale pollinator habitat enhancement and conservation work.

Kathleen Law

Kathleen’s interest in native plants and restoration ecology lead her to discover a love for pollinators and a fascination with their crucial role in sustaining ecosystems. She completed a Masters degree in geography at the University of Guelph, Ontario (Canada), where her research focused on farmer-centered and collaborative approaches to pollinator conservation on farmland. Her favourite research topics are landscape-level habitat provision and crop production interactions, and innovative governance approaches to environmental problems. Kathleen has volunteered on the North American Native Plant Society’s Rescues and Restoration Committee, and led environmental leadership workshops and research internationally, notably in Guyana and Senegal. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Kathleen is engaged with both the urban and rural conservation communities, with a special place in her heart for farmers.

Isaac Lisle

Hailing from the great state of Texas, Isaac Lisle developed a love for biology and nature at a young age. Frequent trips to local zoos and nature parks, as well as the family farm in Iowa nurtured this growing passion over the years, eventually leading him to pursue his B.S. in Conservation Biology at Union University in Tennessee, where he not only gained a valuable education, but had the opportunity to work for nonprofits across the nation during the summers. Upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco where he is pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management at the University of San Francisco. Isaac began working at Pollinator Partnership shortly after his move to the city, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to begin his career at such an influential and science based conservation organization. His duties at P2 include contributing to NAPPC projects and events as well as donor development. In his free time, Isaac enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and competing in ultimate frisbee tournaments.

Zackary Litalien

Zackary gained a passion for the environment when he was in the middle school environmental committee, where he helped implement a water bottle refill station, performed monthly school ground clean ups, and went nature exploring. He is from the state of Massachusetts, where he earned his B.S. in Environmental Science and learned to love the environment with its many colors, especially in the autumn and spring. He then drove cross-country to San Francisco, California, in order to attend the University of San Francisco, to pursue a Masters of Science in Environmental Management. He loves the environment with all of its vibrant colors and brilliant fauna, and wants to help preserve that here at Pollinator Partnership by advocating for pollinators such as bees and butterflies as well as the many plants they thrive off of.

Jennifer Lotz

Jennifer is an Environmental Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice graduate (Royal Roads University), who has has a reputation for providing quality research and support in the field of environmental sustainability, sustainable community development, ecological restoration, and alternative wastewater design. She has an undeniable passion for the environment and all things nature, which has led her to be in constant pursuit of developing and implementing long-term, sustainable solutions to the Earth’s most pressing ecological and societal challenges. Jennifer has a particular interest in learning and developing diverse ways of integrating local, sustainable food systems into natural, ecological landscapes, and has travelled and worked on organic farms throughout Australia and Canada, where many insights were gained on what immediate challenges local farmers are faced with, with regard to climate change and sustainable food production. With that, human ingenuity, curiosity and passion have been drivers to facilitate inspirational approaches to face and overcome these challenges. Jennifer is excited to marry her skills and expertise in native plant ecology, small-scale farming, and restoration to work towards Pollinator Partnership’s mission of ensuring pollinators are protected for the sake of the ecosystems and global and local food security. Being the newest addition to the Victoria, BC team, Jennifer is excited to be working alongside such passionate, engaged and knowledgeable individuals who make up the Pollinator Partnership team.

Marguerite Meyer

Marguerite Meyer is a graphic designer based in Santa Cruz, California. She loved to be creative as a child, always making her own clothes, found-object sculptures, greeting cards and intricate ornaments. Her degree in graphic design from the University of Utah was a natural choice. Through the years and changing technology, she has perfected her artistic skills by combining the traditional training, experience and abilities with a command of today's digital software and tools. Operating her own business since 1994, her creative and unique graphic solutions, as well as her attention to detail and deadlines help keep her clients thriving and coming back for more. Some of her clientele include the Pollinator Partnership and NAPPC since 2006, UC Santa Cruz Arts & Lectures, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Summer Santa Cruz County Magazine and Student Guide Magazine and Soquel Creek Water District. She has taught software application courses through UC Extension. She loves the outdoors and animals and is competitive in U.S. Masters Swimming and an occasional triathlon. Check out her website here.

Lydia Moorehead

Lydia Moorehead is working towards her Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Chemistry at Queen’s University, focusing on environmental chemistry and solving new ways to reduce pollution in Ontario’s water systems. Her enthusiasm for nature started young when grew up in Toronto very close to High Park, where she would spend hours looking at local plants. She continued to embrace the outdoors during hiking trips through Ontario’s provincial parks. Lydia has been part of Toronto’s Arkan Dance Company for 7 years, performing locally and internationally. On these trips, she relishes the chance to observe new ecosystems and embrace the local culture and customs. Lydia is very excited to work with the Pollinator Partnership team to develop new teaching tools for Ontarians.

Lora Morandin, Ph.D.

Lora Morandin has been doing research on bees and pollination since 1997. She started out working on bee pollination of greenhouse tomatoes at Western University in Ontario and that grew into an interest in native pollinator conservation and sustainable agriculture. She then did a PhD at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia studying modern agriculture and pollinators, followed by post doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley working on enhancement of native pollinators and natural enemy insects through small-scale farm restoration. Lora has more than 20 peer-reviewed publications on pollinators and sustainable agriculture, including innovative work on economic benefits of ecosystem services. She has consulted for government and industry on diverse ecological topics such as seabird oiling from offshore oil and gas operations, and honey bee health research gaps. One of her main interests is finding ways that production and conservation can co-exist for a healthy and sustainable environment. Lora lives in Victoria, British Columbia and when she’s not working part time for Pollinator Partnership Canada, spends time working on her urban farm and enjoying BC’s beautiful natural areas. Lora is excited to be working with P2C to bring more research, outreach, and conservation of pollinators to urban and agricultural areas of Western Canada.

Katherine Sue-Ping

Katherine recently completed her Bachelor of Science Honors in Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her undergraduate research was regarding native and introduced pollinators in the MUN Botanical Garden where she worked mainly with bumble bees. It was early on in her undergraduate that Katherine realized her interest in insect pollinators. She hopes to continue her love of insects and plants with a graduate program in Agricultural Studies in the near future. She is currently still at MUN completing her final few semesters of a Bachelor of Arts degree where she is an English major minoring in Classics studies, and takes Spanish Language classes. Though she wants to remain in Canada to do research, it is a dream of hers to travel to Central and South America to study insects on her free time. A native of Toronto, she has called St. John’s her home while studying and has taken great pleasure from learning as much as she can about the specific species that call the Island of Newfoundland theirs.

Tom Van Arsdall

With three decades of experience in the national policy arena, Tom Van Arsdall is widely known and highly respected for his expertise and demonstrated track record on environmental, energy, bioenergy, ag research and conservation issues affecting U.S. agriculture, agribusiness and agriculture’s “downstream neighbors.” Tom currently serves as the Public Policy Representative for the Pollinator Partnership (P2) and the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), managed by P2. He is particularly well known for helping diverse stakeholders work together toward consensus-based actions. He has a thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory process and how to get results. A current client is the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research [Executive Director]. Tom received his MA in economic geography from the University of Illinois. Tom is an active outdoorsman, conservationist and river rat. Currently a houseboat is his home and office on the Chesapeake Bay.

Vicki Wojcik, Ph.D.

Vicki has been working to protect and promote pollinators with Pollinator Partnership since 2011. As Research Director she oversees P2’s research program, keeping on top of new and emerging pollinator issues and managing a program set that includes pollinator habitat conservation and landscape management assessments; understanding and enhancing agroecosystems; landuse and pesticide policy review; support for threatened and critical species; and ecosystem service assessments. Vicki joined the San Francisco team after completing her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley. In 2015 she returned home to Toronto with the expansion of P2’s programs into Canada. Vicki’s interest in pollinators was sparked during her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph and has continued ever since. Her graduate research focused on understanding how native bees use gardens and habitats in cities. This focus on pollinators in human-dominated landscapes has continued throughout her career. Vicki’s contributions to pollinator research and conservation include numerous peer reviewed papers, book chapters, policy pieces, planting guides, and technical manuals. The outdoors has always been calling this city girl who enjoys skiing, sailing, hiking, and any excuse to get out of town.

Project Wingspan State Coordinators

Connie Crancer

Connie has a BS in Horticulture from Michigan State University and received her MS in Terrestrial Ecology from the University of Michigan where she was employed for twenty-six years at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. At the beginning of her career at the Gardens and Arboretum her main focus was growing plant material for the UM Biology Department and the School of Natural Resources along with maintaining the Helen V. Smith Wildflower Garden.

Her interests grew towards native plants when she joined the Michigan Botanical Club and later became Vice President and Program Director for six years. As her interests grew in ecology with the completion of her Masters; her responsibilities shifted to the natural areas focus at the Gardens and Arboretum, specifically native plants. Her duties included seed collection, plug production, the installation of bio-swales, native gardens and plantings, and participation in restoration efforts including prescribed burns and seed dispersal, all of which was made possible by the help of her many dedicated volunteers.

She retired from her University job and moved back to the west side of Michigan where she originally lived and now resides on a 200 acre organic farm. Her contributions to the farm include establishing pollinator/insect strips and islands with entirely MI genotype native plant species. She enjoys vegetable gardening, especially extending the growing season in her hoopette. She shares her native plant knowledge by giving nature hikes for the Chamber of Commerce and private organizations, and conducting seed cleaning workshops. She enjoys watching sunsets over Lake Michigan, riding her bicycle, walking her sheep, gathering with her girl friends and sitting a variety animal friends while their people are away.

Angie Doucette

A North Carolina native, Angie’s lifelong appreciation for nature and time outdoors with her family inspired her career in nonprofit conservation work. She is a geographer by training, earning a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a biology minor from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and a Master of Science in Geography (Physical Geography and Environmental Studies focus) from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Angie worked with Ducks Unlimited, Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition, and The Conservation Fund prior to joining Pollinator Partnership. She has experience in wildlife surveying, land preservation, and habitat restoration, and is passionate about connecting people with nature to achieve long term conservation goals. Angie also enjoys gardening, dancing, hiking and camping with her family, and is excited to help conserve pollinators in the Midwest as part of the P2 team.

Joe Hovis

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Joe has worked in conservation for the past 3 decades with a wide variety of agencies and universities in 10 different states. For the last 20 years, he has had the pleasure of being a wildlife manager at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA’s largest occurrence of native grassland and the only home in the East for the Regal Fritillary Butterfly. In order to restore grassland habitat using seed from plants adapted to growing in PA, he partnered with Ernst Conservation Seeds to collect, propagate, and make commercially available PA-ecotype plant species critical to the restoration of PA native grassland habitat.

While most of his early research experience was with vertebrate wildlife, he firmly believes native plants and pollinators are the foundation of a healthy ecosystem. A key step toward this journey was managing a 2,500 hive honeybee operation while in graduate school; this invertebrate experience led him down the pollinator path. Whether giving a presentation or leading a nature tour, Joe is sure to talk about pollinators and plants that some people call “weeds.”

He is excited to take his experience gained over the years and use those skills as the Project Wingspan Pennsylvania State Coordinator and spread more PA native seed across the state.

Hobbies include growing native thistles, fishing, hunting, and hiking.

Mike Retterer

Mike is a graduate form the University of Rio Grande where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree focusing on wildlife/fish conservation and management.

After Graduation Mike took his passion For Wildlife and Pollinator Conservation to work for Private land holdings, State Wildlife Agencies, and the US Department of Agriculture in 6 different states.

Before joining Pollinator Partnership Mike served as a Coordinating Wildlife Biologist for Pheasants Forever and served as the State Coordinator for the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI). Mike worked with private landowners, and multiple state and federal agencies to provide technical assistance regarding the implementation of specific conservation measures and programs to improve native pollinator and wildlife habitat. Mike also worked with a large group of diverse partners to help coordinate and influence habitat management efforts and participates in statewide meetings to further the mission of Pheasants Forever, OPHI, and statewide conservation efforts.

Mikes enjoys many outdoor activities including hunting, training bird dogs, and camping with his family.

Emily Yates

Emily Yates, P2’s Project Wingspan State Coordinator for Indiana, has served various conservation initiatives for 20 years in non-profits and public gardens. A native Midwesterner, Emily was educated in botany, ecology and geography in Illinois and Iowa studying habitat fragmentation, GIS, and endangered and rare species at Missouri Botanical Garden and serving for 12 years as coordinator of the Dixon Nat’l Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank at Chicago Botanic Garden. She developed seed collection networks across the Midwest and Great Plains focusing on preservation of tallgrass prairie species and habitat in association with the Millennium Seed Bank Project at Kew Gardens, UK and the Nat’l Seeds of Success Program in cooperation with the US Bureau of Land Management. Emily has fieldwork experience in grassland and forest ecosystems in Montana, Nevada, the Midwest and Great Plains and has worked for Nevada’s Great Basin Institute leading bat surveys, butterfly inventories, and native seed collection efforts. She is a science communicator and freelance editor, public lands advocate, and just plain loves to be outside in the beauty of nature. In her off-work hours Emily is an avid cake baker and Bakery Road Trip blogger, artist and painter, and enjoys travel, growing food and community gardening and is a map and cartography enthusiast.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Laurie Davies Adams

Laurie Davies Adams, President and CEO Emeritus of the Pollinator Partnership, (www.pollinator.org), has for 19 years lead the world’s largest nonprofit devoted solely to the health of all pollinators. As Executive Director for 21 years, she presided P2’s signature initiatives, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), National Pollinator Week, Eco-regional planting guides, the BeeSmart™ Gardener App, the U.S. Bee Buffer Project and Monarch Wings Across America. She has signed agreements with over 11 federal agencies influencing over 1.5 billion acres of US land to encourage pollinator conservation. She is Vice-Chairman of the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Board. Under her direction, the Pollinator Partnership has twice won the EPA’s PESP Champion Award and the Garden Club of America’s National Environmental Stewardship Award. She was a key consultant with the White House on the Presidential Memorandum on Pollinators and instrumental in the development of the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

James Bennington

Dr. Bennington received both his MS and MD degrees from the University of Chicago following a rotating Internship at Presbyterian – St. Luke’s Hospital. He completed his residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Chicago and Oakland, California Kaiser Foundation Hospital.

Dr. Bennington has held many academic positions including, Associate Professor of Pathology, Chairman of Pathology Department at both the Children’s Hospital of San Francisco and the California Pacific Medical Center. He has also served as the Emeritus Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University Medical Schools. Bennington’s research was concentrated on neoplasia, primarily renal, colon and breast cancer leading to publication of 50 peer-reviewed article, and six pathology textbooks.

During much of his tenure, he served on the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, including two years as Chairman, and on the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation Board.

Ron Bitner

With a Ph.D. in Entomology from Utah State University, Ron has over 30 years of experience with management of pollinators and crops requiring bee pollination. As the Partner/Pollination Consultant with International Pollination Systems (IPS), Ron worked to develop pollination and integrated pest management programs for alfalfa seed and hybrid canola seed grown in Australia. Ron has been President of the Pollination and Pest Management Consulting Services since 1981, and is the owner/operator of Bitner Vineyards, a 15-acre vineyard of premium wine grapes. Ron blends his love for bees - specifically the Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee - with his work on the Vineyard, where he plants cover-crops to provide bee habitat and adorns bottle corks with images of leafcutters.

Megan Denver

Megan’s interest in beekeeping began as a young child on her father’s dairy farm near Delhi, New York where they kept beehives behind the sugar shack. After graduating from Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles she moved to Woodstock, New York. She knew the first project for her property was a bee yard and she’s been hooked on beekeeping ever since. Her commitment to beekeeping grew when she opened Hudson Valley Bee Supply. The shop is a hub of resources for local beekeepers and has helped to grow a strong and sustainable local beekeeping community. She runs several hundred colonies for honey production in the Hudson River Valley with her partner Jorik Phillips. During the spring and fall you can find her in the Catskill Mountains looking for wild honeybees. With the help of Jorik’s queen rearing expertise, she introduces their genetic potential to her own bees. Dr Thomas Seeley, from Cornell University shares her passion for bee lining and she recently had the honor to work with Dr Seeley on his book Following the Wild Bees. Patent Wall Organic Farm in East Durham, NY is her passion project. The farm’s motto is “Bees First”. Her goal for the farm in the coming years is to serve as an outdoor classroom to teach about the importance of pollinators and to serve as a practical example of how to create diverse pollinator habitat on small farms. She also serves on the board of Bees for Development, North America. Their mission is the relief of poverty though beekeeping. They affirm that beekeeping contributes to supporting sustainable livelihoods in poor and remote communities and honeybees provide an essential ecosystem service. Megan looks forward to the opportunity to support all pollinators with Pollinator Partnership.

Gladys Phillips Evans, Ph.D

Gladys Phillips-Evans is an educator who has devoted her professional career to seeking and exploring meaningful way to help children learn. Dr. Phillips-Evans is a graduate of the University of Illinois, California State University-Los Angeles and Pepperdine University from where she received her doctorate degree. Dr. Phillips-Evans interest in Pollinator Partnership came about though friendship and has since sparked an interest and a desire to ensure that children are learning not only the lessons but the value of personal knowledge and involvement in nature and its wonders.

John Lett

John Lett is a graduate of Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS with a degree in Forestry and a concentration in Wildlife Management. As a child growing up in rural Alabama, John developed a passion for the outdoors through numerous activities such as hunting, fishing, all-terrain vehicle riding, and working in his grandparent’s garden. His career in forestry began at the Mississippi Forestry Commission in the southern portion of the state near Hattiesburg. As a Service Forester, John managed approximately 60,000 acres of forest land owned by local school districts, along with three additional land bases designated as state forests by Mississippi. He has also been fortunate enough to serve as a wildland firefighter for the State of Mississippi and for the United States Forest Service. This afforded him opportunities to travel to many fires including the Soberanes Fire, which burned over 132,000 acres in 2016 and resulted in the most expensive fire in United States history at approximately $260 million. Presently, John serves as the Staff Forester for Soterra,LLC. (a subsidiary land management business of Greif, Inc.—a worldwide leader in industrial packaging products and services). He currently manages all recreational/hunting leases on Soterra’s 240,000 acre land base. John is also a licensed unmanned aircraft pilot and conducts mapping/surveying flights for Soterra and private landowners in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

John’s personal hobbies include hunting, fishing, and working on the farm with his wife Mary Helen Lett. She serves as an Agricultural Science teacher at one of the only remaining Agricultural High Schools in the state of Mississippi. The school has a 320 acre working farm with cows, goats, sheep, horses, and hogs that she uses as hands-on training experiences for her students. John and Mary Helen also manage their own American Quarter Horse broodmare operation, which combines outstanding genetics and performance records to produce outstanding barrel racing prospects that are sold to riders across the country.

Mark Moffett, Ph.D.

From the top of the world's tallest tree, to deep in unexplored caves, Mark Moffettt has discovered new species and behavior while risking life and limb to find stories that make people fall in love with the unexpected in nature. Mark is a real-life adventurer with awards for writing and photography... and now the highest honors in exploration, the 2006 Lowell Thomas Medal, from the Explorers Club and Rolex, bestowed on him at Cipriani Wall Street; and the sixth Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award (2008). With a Ph.D. from acclaimed conservationist Edward O. Wilson, Mark remains active in science, with over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has penned more than 20 articles for National Geographic Magazine, which has featured nearly 500 of his images. You have experienced Mark on Conan O'Brien, the Colbert Report, and NPR.

Steve Quarles

Steve Quarles is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Nossaman LLP. His practice focuses on the Endangered Species Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other federal wildlife laws; federal land resources; and renewable energy. Mr. Quarles serves a wide range of clients, including companies and trade associations, states and local governments, and environmental organizations. His practice runs the gamut of strategic and transactional counseling, representation before federal agencies and the Congress, and litigation (including seminal Supreme Court cases on endangered species and federal land planning (Sweet Home and Ohio Forestry, respectively)). Mr. Quarles previously served as Deputy Under Secretary of the Interior, special counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, member of the Board of Mineral and Energy Resources of the National Academy of Sciences, and Assistant to the Representative, Ford Foundation, Brazil. He is a board member of Bat Conservation International, NatureServe, National Wildlife Refuge Association, Trumpeter Swan Society, and Maryland Environmental Trust. Mr. Quarles is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, and studied and taught at Aligarh Muslim University, India, under a Fulbright grant.

Martin Rosen

Martin Rosen has been involved in land conservation for more than 30 years. He is cofounder of the Trust for Public Land and was its CEO for 20 years. TPL has conserved thousands of urban and rural landscapes with an aggregate value in excess of $1.5 Billion. Mr. Rosen is Vice Chair of the P2 Board and has been since its beginning.

Steve Shestag

Steve Shestag is the director of Enterprise Remediation for The Boeing Company. He is responsible for shaping an integrated strategy for completion of environmental remediation activities, as well as leading environmental due diligence activities to support the company’s mergers, acquisitions and property transactions. Shestag has over 30 years of experience in environmental permitting, geotechnical studies, remedial investigation, contaminant treatment, engineering design, stormwater management, sustainable remediation, water supply studies and program management. His expertise includes working with diverse groups of stakeholders to find practical and timely solutions that improve the environment and reduce risks. Shestag has also led the visioning, design and creation of a variety of restoration projects, including riparian habitat in the Arroyo Seco watershed, nearly 500 acres of native habitat near Reno, NV and pollinator habitat outside Kansas City, KS. Prior to joining Boeing in 1996, he was an engineering geologist for two major environmental engineering firms. Shestag earned a bachelor’s degree in geochemistry from San Diego State University. He is registered as a professional geologist and a certified engineering geologist in California. Shestag serves on the Board of Directors for the LA Conservation Corps, which provides job skills training and education for inner-city youth and young adults. He resides in Ventura, California where he enjoys participating in beach cleanups and habitat restoration events. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, mountain biking, general aviation, fly-fishing and hiking with his wife, Carol.

Terry Witzel

Terry Witzel’s career has focused on agriculture, food processing and food distribution. He is also interested in promoting sustainable food systems and serves as a member of the San Mateo County Food System Alliance. Additionally, Terry serves on the Agricultural Advisory Council for the California State Fair. He joined the Pollinator Project because of its emphasis on the global and economic importance of pollinators in food crop production. Most recently, Terry managed food solicitation and procurement for both a regional and a local food bank until his retirement in 2011. Previously, he managed the California office of American Farmland Trust, working to protect productive farmland for future generations. He began his career with the largest U.S. farmer-owned cooperative processor of private label canned fruits and vegetables and rose to the position of Vice President of Corporate Relations. Terry earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of California at Davis and an M.B.A. in Business Management from San Jose State University.

SCIENCE ADVISORS

May Berenbaum, Ph.D.

May Berenbaum, Ph.D. has been on the faculty of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1980, serving as head since 1992 and as Swanlund Chair of Entomology since 1996. She is known for elucidating chemical mechanisms underlying interactions between insects and their hostplants, including detoxification of natural and synthetic chemicals, and for applying ecological principles in developing sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities. Her research, supported primarily by NSF and USDA, has produced over 230 refereed scientific publications and 35 book chapters. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, she has chaired two National Research Council committees, the Committee on the Future of Pesticides in U.S. Agriculture (2000) and the Committee on the Status of Pollinators in North America (2007). Devoted to teaching and fostering scientific literacy through formal and informal education, she has authored numerous magazine articles and six books about insects for the general public.

Gloria Degrandi-Hoffman, Ph.D.

Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman is the research leader and center director of the USDA. Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, AZ. With nearly three decades in bee research, she is considered a world-renowned expert in her field. Degrandi-Hoffman works to ensure the health of honey bee colonies, especially those used for commercial pollination. Her research includes studying the biology of Africanized bees, controlling the Varroa mite that devastates bee colonies, and investigating the phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Her research has been featured in documentaries on the Discovery Channel and PBS. DeGrandi-Hoffman has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, as well asnine mathematical models. She has received grants for her research in excess of $6 million. She also has led the ARS research efforts in the production of two commercially available products for beekeepers: a protein supplement diet (MegaBee–the Tuscon diet) and a miticide to control Varroa mites (HopGuard).

Peter Raven, Ph.D.

An internationally renowned botanist and powerful advocate on behalf of conservation, Peter Raven has devoted his life to educating people about the threats to Earth’s biodiversity. Described by Time magazine as a “Hero for the Planet,” he headed for 40 years the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured to become a world-class center for botanical research, conservation, education, and horticulture display. He is a trustee of the National Geographic Society and chairman of the Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration, and is co-author of “Biology of Plants,“ one of the best-selling textbooks in botany.

Larry Stritch, Ph.D.

Larry Stritch worked 4 years as a Natural Heritage Biologist for the Illinois Department of Conservation. From 1989 to 1992 he worked as the Forest Botanist/Ecologist for the Shawnee National Forest and from 1992 to 1995 served as the Regional Botanist for the Eastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service and from 1995 until 1998 was detailed to the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant at the Midewin Project Director. From 1998 to 2001 Larry served as the National Botanist for the U.S. Forest Service and from 2001 2005 served as a senior botanist and liaison at the FWS’s National Conservation Training Center. From 2005 to 2016 Larry once again served as the National Botanist for the Forest Service.

Gordon Wardell, Ph.D.

Dr. Gordon Wardell, is the Director of Pollination Operations, Wonderful Orchards, and President of the South Valley Bee Club. Gordon has been a professional apiculturist for over 30 years and has woked with bees on three continents. Previously he was the extension apiculturist for the State of Maryland and he owned and directed S.A.F.E. Research and Development in Tucson, Arizona, a company dedicated to developing products for the bee industry. Gordon’s accomplishments include Mega-Bee, the honey bee nutritional supplement and years of research in the area of Varroa mite control, honey bee nutrition, fire ant monitoring, small hive beetle, Africanized Honey Bees, and many other topics. In addition, he has authored numerous scientific publications on honey bees.

E.O. Wilson, Ph.D.

In his long career, he has transformed his field of research—the behavior of ants—and applied his scientific perspective and experience to illuminate the human circumstance, including human origins, human nature, and human interactions. Wilson has also been a pioneer in spearheading efforts to preserve and protect the biodiversity of this planet.

Science Advisors

  • May Berenbaum, Ph.D.
  • Gloria Degrandi-Hoffman, Ph.D.
  • Peter Raven, Ph.D.
  • Larry Stritch, Ph.D.
  • Gordon Wardell, Ph.D.
  • E.O. Wilson, Ph.D.

National Advisors

  • Paul Growald, Founder and Chairman Emeritus
  • Robert L. Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
  • Kayla Walters
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