BRWS Chapter Meeting: Using Wildflowers to Enhance Ecosystem Services in Agriculture with Chris McCullough

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Date(s) - Monday, September 23, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs


Chris plans to talk about wildflowers and their benefits to beneficial organisms. He will explain what they are doing in their lab as it pertains to wildflowers and insects, and will skew towards bees, but it won’t exclusively be all about them. There are actionable steps that people can take in their yards or other land to help promote these ecosystem services.

Chris McCullough is a graduate student at Virginia Tech in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences working in the lab of Megan O’Rourke. Chris is originally from Minnesota, and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He received an MS in Entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He moved to Virginia in 2016 to pursue his PhD at Virginia Tech. He is currently working on a project that is investigating the effects of wildflower plantings and the surrounding landscape on crop pests, natural enemies, pollination services, and bee communities on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Contact: Ellen Holtman, 389-1514