October 10, 2019
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Room 312, 3rd Floor, Lory Student Center


  • Nancy Averett (Moderator) Freelance
  • Deane Bowers (Speaker ) Professor, Museum Curator of Entomology, and Department Chair of Ecology and Environmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Chris Funk (Speaker ) Professor, Department of Biology, and Director, Global Biodiversity Center, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University
  • Robbie Hart (Speaker) Assistant Curator, William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Jessica Rykken (Speaker ) Denali National Park, National Park Service


The world is experiencing an "insect apocalypse" — at least according to some researchers. Recent studies have shown large declines in insect biomass in places such as Germany and Puerto Rico. Other investigators say there isn’t enough data yet to declare an Armageddon. Regardless, everyone agrees more data is needed — scientists have identified 1 million bugs but there could be 30 times that on Earth — so conservationists can prioritize what to protect. During this session, we’ll talk about both the importance of insects to life around the globe as well as some of the threats that six-legged creatures face from human interference and what can be done about it.

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