Bees and other pollinators are critical to ecosystem health and our food supply. We are interested in advancing a science-based conversation that will support better metrics and business models to consider appropriate investments in pollinators. Come prepared to listen and to share your own thoughts on how we can support pollinators while also meeting society expectations for affordable energy, food, and water.
Pollinator Social Presenters
Dr. Lara Drizd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, "Making a List and Checking it Twice"
Jessica Fox, Electric Power Research Institute, "Power Companies Collaborating to Understand Pollinators"
Dr. Chris Hartley, USDA Office of Environmental Markets, "The ABC’s of Pollinators in the Federal Alphabet Soup"
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Power-in-Pollinator Initiative, the National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Dr. Lara Dzrid
Endangered Species Biologist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Lara Drizd is a Species Assessment Team Project Manager with the Ecological Services Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She works in the Headquarters Office in Falls Church, Virginia. As a project manager, she leads teams of biological experts crafting Species Status Assessments to inform classification decisions under the Endangered Species Act. She also helps decision-makers apply the standards in the Act to determine if species warrant listing as endangered or threatened. Ms. Drizd has been engaged in pollinator conservation and the classification of the monarch butterfly since 2015. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from New College of Florida and an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida.
Senior Technical Executive
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Jessica Fox is a conservation biologist leading efforts on water management, pollinators, environmental markets, ecosystem services, sustainability and related work. She works for the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit organization focused on environmental science related to electricity generation and use. In 2018, Ms. Fox launched the EPRI Power-in-Pollinators Initiative, which is now the largest effort in North America for electric power companies to collaborate on pollinator conservation research and projects., Fox led EPRI’s Energy Sustainability Interest Group to become the largest collaborative in the industry to advance critical issues related to sustainable electricity. In 2015, Ms. Fox accepted the United States Water Prize for creating the Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project. Her projects have been covered by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, National Public Radio, Bloomberg, and others. She previously worked as a molecular biologist leading conservation genetics projects on dragonflies in Costa Rica, at Stanford University sequencing and mapping the human genome, and as invasive weed field biologist for U.S. Bureau of Land Management. She has a Bachelor’s of Science from University of California at Davis, and a Master’s of Science from Stanford University.
Dr. Christopher G. Hartley
Senior Environmental Markets Analyst
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Environmental Markets
Dr. Christopher Hartley is responsible for the development of policy, tools, and metrics to facilitate private investment in conservation and the participation of farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in emerging environmental markets. He previously worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, DC and in California building partnerships to accelerate voluntary conservation and served with the U.S. Peace Corps as an agricultural extension agent in Senegal, West Africa. He is a Certified Crop Advisor, and a licensed Pest Control Advisor with more than 25 years of experience working in support of production agriculture and the promotion of clean air, clean water, and a safe and abundant food supply. Dr. Hartley earned a Ph.D.in Ecology, emphasis Agroecology, M.Sc. Agronomy, MSc. International Agricultural Development from the University of California at Davis.
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