Conference Topic – How to Garden for Pollinators Across the Four Seasons

Native bees provide critical pollination services to urban landscapes. Backyard gardens, native plants, trees, and shrubs all benefit from bee pollination. While the urban landscape is often associated with declines in bee abundance and diversity, urban areas can offer the potential for native bee conservation. Residential landscapes and backyard gardens can be designed to augment pollinators and promote urban bee conservation. This workshop will cover how homeowners can design habitat for native bees. Specifically, we will cover design and management strategies for each season, covering how to incorporate food resources, nesting habitat, and pollinator IPM tactics from spring to winter.

Dr. Bennett received her PH.D. in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin in 2009, and after completing her graduate degree, she accepted postdoctoral research positions at the University of Illinois then Michigan State University. At the University of Illinois, she focused on pollinator conservation and the provision of pollination services to urban agricultural sites in Chicago, Illinois. While at Michigan State, she worked in biofuel cropping systems utilizing GIS and predictive modeling to determine how the expansion of different biofuel cropping systems would impact native bees.


An opportunity to work for an agricultural company as a R&D scientist took her to Greensboro NC where she consulted on trial design and data analysis for greenhouse and field trials.

In 2016, Dr. Bennett accepted the urban IPM position at New Mexico State University. Her research and extension program is focused on understanding how local site design and landscape composition affect the ability of beneficial insects to perform ecosystem services such as pest suppression and pollination. Research in the Bennett lab will develop design and management strategies at multiple spatial scales to enhance and conserve beneficial insects in urban and agricultural landscapes.