MCLA: Residential Landscaping to Support Pollinators /

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – US Forest Service research ecologist, Dr. Susannah Lerman, will give a talk, “Residential Landscaping to Support Pollinators,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.

Part of MCLA’s Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public. Masks are required in all MCLA campus buildings.

About Dr. Susannah Lerman

Dr. Susannah Lerman is a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service in the Urban Northeast Communities and Landscapes Unit. She received her BA in American History from the University of Delaware in 1994, an MA in Conservation Biology from Antioch University in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Biology of Organism and Evolution from the University of Massachusetts in 2011. His research explores the connections between human management of urban green spaces (e.g., courtyards, neighborhood parks, and open spaces) and the health and success of native wildlife populations, and how these impacts subsequently feed back to influence people due to the role of biodiversity in providing ecosystem services.

Dr. Lerman translates the application of scientific information into management tools and integrates a citizen science approach with the ultimate goal of improving the sustainability of urban environments for birds, bees and other wildlife, and making advancing human well-being by reconnecting people with nearby nature. His research has identified key mechanisms driving biodiversity patterns through the design of experimental field studies that manipulate management behaviors and predation risk to test hypotheses and answer research questions. Susannah’s research emphasizes private lands, which provide opportunities for the public to participate in science, conservation, and shared stewardship. She seeks opportunities to explain scientific discoveries to diverse audiences while trying to facilitate connections between the audience’s personal lives and the urban ecosystem. This includes presentations to the science and management community (e.g. urban foresters, wildlife biologists), birding and gardening clubs, and she is a regular contributor to popular media including Science Friday, Scientific American, Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation.

MCLA’s annual Green Living Seminar Series continues through April, featuring a series of talks on “Greening the City.” Each semester, the Green Living Seminar Series revolves around a different topic that is timely and relevant to current sustainability issues. The seminars take place on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. until April 20.

The series is presented by MCLA’s Department of Environmental Studies and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.

The presentations will also air on the Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times:

Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Fridays at 4 p.m.

Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.

Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

Monday at 5:30 p.m.

The recordings will also be available on the Order’s YouTube channel.

For more information, visit or contact environmental studies professor Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303.

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Terri S. Tomasini