Bees and their Predators Next Kaler Science Talk
U of I professor to discuss "The Importance of Enemies: Examining How Predators Shape Bee Communities"
The dangers posed to bees and bee conservation will be the December James B. Kaler Science Lecture at the WIlliam M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College.
On Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., University of Illinois postdoctoral research associate Dr. Nick Anderson will present "The importance of enemies: Examining how predators shape bee communities." Tickets for Kaler talks are $2 or are free for the Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium.
Anderson's research within the Harmon-Threatt group at the University of Illinois aims to increase our understanding of how predators change bee communities. When combined with traditional approaches focused on floral and nesting resources, considering predators in bee conservation plans may make these activities more sustainable and effective.
Anderson earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Notre Dame and his master's and doctorate at the University of Illinois. He has earned several teaching and research awards for his work.
Kaler Science Lectures are filmed by Parkland College TV. After the talk, the planetarium will offer the holiday show, Season of Light at 8 p.m. and a light show set to the Pink Floyd album, Wish You Were Here, at 9 p.m. Admission to fulldome shows are $6 for adults or $5 for children, students, or seniors. Light shows are $6 for everyone. Please visit parkland.edu/planetarium for the show schedule or call 217/351-2568 for information about booking the dome.