School of Global Environmental Sustainability Biodiversity Working Group Pollinator Workshop: Bee Pollinator Landscaping for Urban Sustainability – Bee PLUS

April 24, 2015 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Abstract: Despite alarmingly increasing urbanization, human dependency on nature and natural processes is stronger than ever before. Pollination, one such natural process is under threat globally. Honeybees, bumblebees, wild bees etc., the pollinators that provide diversity in human diet are experiencing serious dietary challenges of their own as a result of intensive monocropping and continued loss of natural habitats. In order to maintain healthy pollinator populations, we need to ensure sufficient diversity in their pollen and nectar diet. How can we manage urban landscapes to provide nutritious food sources for pollinators? What can we grow in Colorado that conserves water usage and supports pollinators? What is the pollinator biodiversity in your Colorado backyard? Our panel of researchers will provide information on pollinator plants for urban landscaping, urban agriculture and pollinators, and the different bees and butterflies of Colorado.



Arathi Seshadri

Boris Kondratieff

Deryn Davidson

Rachael Jaffe


Deryn Davidson Bio

Deryn Davidson holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Colorado State University and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. She has worked in the horticulture and design industry for over 15 years. Most notably was her 5 years spent as a horticulturist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX where she developed her passion for native plants and pollinators, and started the Center’s first beehives. Currently, Deryn is the CSU Horticulture Extension Agent for Boulder County, a position in which she is able to look for new ways to help educate the public about the importance of pollinators and their habitat.


Boris received his PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Entomology. Presently he is Professor of Entomology and Director of the C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University. He teaches seven different undergraduate and graduate courses annually and has authored or coauthored more than 215 scientific refereed papers and four books on entomological subjects. He is an Editor for Zootaxa, mega-journal for zoological taxonomists and Illiesia, international journal of Plecoptera research He is also the Managing Editor of Perla, Newsletter and Bibliography of the International Association of Plecopterologists. His interests include .the systematics of insects, including their life history and ecology. I am also interested in developing manuals for the identification of major groups of insects in Colorado. Phone: 970-491-7314; email:

Rachael Jaffe Bio

Rachael is a first year graduate student in Dr. Arathi Seshadri's lab at Colorado State University.  Rachael grew up in Evanston, IL and then received her Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University in Conservation Biology. Her research has taken her many places from northern New York to California and from Kenya to Equatorial Guinea.  In addition to research, Rachael leads adventure travel trips for a YMCA camp, teaches skiing, and loves yoga, running, gardening, cooking, and enjoying life in the Colorado mountains!

Arathi Seshadri Bio

Arathi received her Ph.D from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India in Behavioral Ecology of Social Wasps. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University where she teaches a course in Pollinator Management in Agroecosystems. She has coauthored several peer-reviewed scientific articles on plant reproductive strategies, social evolution in wasps, hygienic behavior in honeybees and bee behavior in relation to floral traits.  Her research program is aimed at understanding the dynamics of crop-pollinator interactions, pollination services in agroecosystems, pollinator health and nutrition, global food security and urban agriculture. Current research projects focus on honeybee forage and nutrition, crop drought stress and pollinator health, pollinator sustainability in urban ecosystems and interaction between honeybees and native bees. Phone: 970-491-6804; Email:




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