At a time when we need to learn everything we can about bees to protect them, the lands where they are most abundant are suddenly being threatened. The Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante is a research and documentary film project that follows two of North America’s most prominent bee researchers as they return to their backcountry stomping grounds in southern Utah. Twenty years ago they showed us what an incredible hot spot for bee diversity this place is. Now, they follow up on that work as the protections for these lands are being stripped away.
Organise your fiends on a virtual table, for this special viewing that also includes:
Message from the Governor General
Interview conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Kevin Thiele with film maker Matt Kelly and Dr Peter Raven.
A live panel of Australian bee and pollination experts will reflect on the film and answer your questions. Experts include Dr. Ros Gloag, Associate Professor Romina Radar, Dr. Tobias Smith, Associate Professor, Dr Kevin Thiele
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Speakers and Panel Members
Associate Professor Community Ecology (Plant-Animal Interactions) , Ecology - Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law; School of Environmental and Rural Science University of new England
Romina’s current projects relate to wild and managed insect pollinators, their efficiency at pollinating horticultural crops and finding ways to improve fruit yield and quality by understanding their life history needs.
Dr Ros Gloag is a Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney. She researches the evolution, ecology, behaviour and genetics of bees and has a particular interest in Australian stingless bees.
Dr Tobias Smith is a bee researcher, educator and commercial stingless bee keeper based in Queensland. As a researcher Tobias is based at the University of Queensland. Tobias’s research interests focus on stingless bee biology and ecology, wild bees in agricultural landscapes and native bee diversity and ecology. As an educator Tobias presents native bee and pollination workshops to community groups and schools, primarily through his business Bee Aware Kids. As a beekeeper Tobias keeps native stingless bee hives around south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales, and helps to manage many more as a stingless beekeeping consultant.
Associate Professor Dr Kevin Thiele is first and foremost a botanist with a particular interest in the taxonomy of Proteaceae, Dilleniaceae (Hibbertia) and Viola, all of which are pollinated by native bees.
Kevin is an adjunct Associate Professor, University of WA and Director of Taxonomy Australia, Australian Academy of Science.
Matt Kelly is an independent journalist. He is the creator of the Bee Report newsletter. He's also the director and producer of the Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante documentary film.
Dr Peter Raven is an internationally renowned botanist and powerful advocate on behalf of conservation, Peter has devoted his life to educating people about the threats to Earth’s biodiversity. Described by Time magazine as a “Hero for the Planet,” he headed for 40 years the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured to become a world-class centre for botanical research, conservation, education, and horticulture display. He is a trustee of the National Geographic Society and chairman of the Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration, and is co-author of “Biology of Plants” one of the best-selling textbooks in botany.