North American Pollinator
Protection Campaign

NAPPC

15th ANNUAL NAPPC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
October 20-22, 2015

US Department of the Interior
South Interior Building
1951 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20240

AGENDA

 

**Tentative Agenda Subject to Change

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
Open to the Public Morning Session
DOI - South Interior Auditorium
1951 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20240
8:00 AM Security and Registration/ Coffee and Breakfast Pastries
9:00 AM NAPPC Welcome - Laurie Davies Adams
9:05 AM DOI Welcome
Daniel M. Ashe (Invited) was confirmed on June 30, 2011 as the 16th Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Full Bio
9:15 AM Dr. Peter H. Raven is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity.
Full Bio
9:45 AM Dr. Bruce Rodan (Invited) Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
Full Bio
10:05 AM Break
10:25 AM Dr. Jeffery Pettis is an American born biologist and entomologist known for his extensive research on honeybee behavior. He is currently the research leader at the United States Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Bee Laboratory (BBL).
Full Bio
10:35 AM Dr. Orley R. "Chip" Taylor is founder and Director of Monarch Watch; Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
Full Bio
10:50 AM Peter Kuper's illustrations and comics appear regularly in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and MAD, where he illustrates SPY vs. SPY every month.
Full Bio
11:15 AM Transition to Member Only
NAPPC Member Only Closed Session
11:30 AM Welcome- NAPPC Steering Committee
11:35 AM 2014 Task Force Reports
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM 2015 Honey Bee Health Grant Updates
Do bees self-medicate? An examination of the impacts of xenobiotics on anti-viral defenses in honeybees
Diana Cox-Foster, Ph.D., Professor, The Pennsylvania State University

Do viruses manipulate honey bee behavior in ways that increase their transmission?
Adam Dolezal, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University

Assessing the impact of pesticides on honey bee health using a network of controlled, experimental hives
Scott McArt, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Cornell University

Investigating the effects of fumagillin and other common in-hive xenobiotics on immune function in honey bees
Rodney T. Richardson, Ph.D. Candidate, The Ohio State University

Sublethal effects of neonicotinoids (imidacloprid) on embryogenesis, hygienic behavior and grooming of worker honey bees
Elemir Simko, DVM, Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Elucidating the effects of real world pesticide load and diet variety on honey bee health
Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
2:45 PM Break/Transition to Breakout Groups
3:00 PM Task Force Session 1
4:50 PM Task Force Session 1 Wrap Up
5:00 PM Wrap Up and Instructions
Informal Get-Together (Optional)
5:30 PM Informal Get-Together
Elephant & Castle
900 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20006
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22ND
Final Day of NAPPC Member Sessions
DOI - South Interior Auditorium
1951 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20240
8:00 AM Registration
8:30 AM Breakfast Briefings
9:30 AM Break/discussion with Breakfast Briefing Speakers
10:00 AM Task Force Session 2
11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM 2015 Task Force Reports
2:00 PM Evaluations and Final Wrap Up
2:30 PM 15th Anniversary Celebration with Cake Cutting
NAPPC Steering Committee Meeting
3:00 PM Steering Committee Meeting Begins
4:00 PM Steering Committee Meeting Ends


Speaker Bios

Daniel M. Ashe (Invited) was confirmed on June 30, 2011 as the 16th Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the nation's principal Federal agency dedicated to the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats. His appointment by President Obama is the culmination of a lifetime spent within the Fish and Wildlife Service family.

Dan Ashe was born and spent his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia, where his father began his 37-year career with the Service. Much of Ashe’s childhood was spent on national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries in the Southeast, where he learned to band birds, fish, hunt and, most importantly, simply enjoy the outdoors.

Ashe earned a graduate degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, where he studied under a fellowship from the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. His Master's thesis, on estuarine wetland mitigation, was published in the Coastal Zone Management Journal, in 1982.

Dr. Peter H. Raven is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity.

For four decades, he headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured into a world-class center for botanical research and education, and horticultural display. He retired as president in 2010 and assumed the role of president emeritus and consultant through 2014.

In recognition of his work in science and conservation, Raven is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious International Prize for Biology from the government of Japan and the U.S. National Medal of Science, the country's highest award for scientific accomplishment. He has held Guggenheim and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships.

The author of numerous books and reports, both popular and scientific, Raven co-wrote Biology of Plants, an internationally best-selling textbook, now in its sixth edition. He also co-authored Environment, a leading textbook on the environment.

Dr. Bruce Rodan (Invited) Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Rodan was instrumental in the White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force recently released National Strategy to Promote Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. This is following the Presidential Memorandum issued by the President last June directing the Task Force to create this strategy to take priority actions to improve pollinator health and understand their losses.


Dr. Jeffery Pettis is an American born biologist and entomologist known for his extensive research on honeybee behavior. He is currently the research leader at the United States Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Bee Laboratory (

BBL). His research has led to significant breakthroughs in understanding and managing CCD, a primary cause of North American bee population decline. He is also known for discovering with Dennis van Engelsdorp of Pennsylvania State University the ability of bees to detect pesticides and harmful fungi in collected pollen and subsequently quarantine the harmful substances from the rest of the hive. His research has also studied the synergistic effects of Imidacloprid on bees, an insecticide derived from nicotine.

Dr. Orley R. "Chip" Taylor Founder and Director of Monarch Watch; Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Trained as an insect ecologist, Chip Taylor has published papers on species assemblages, hybridization, reproductive biology, population dynamics and plant demographics and pollination. Starting in 1974, Chip Taylor established research sites and directed students studying Neotropical African honey bees (killer bees) in French Guiana, Venezuela, and Mexico.

In 1992, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to monarch butterflies. Since then, Monarch Watch has enlisted the help of volunteers to tag monarchs during the fall migration. This program has produced many new insights into the dynamics of the monarch migration. In 2005 Monarch Watch created the Monarch Waystation program, in recognition that habitats for monarchs are declining at a rate of 6,000 acres a day in the United States.

Peter Kuper's illustrations and comics appear regularly in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and MAD, where he illustrates SPY vs. SPY every month.

He has written and illustrated many books including Comics Trips, a journal of an eight-month trip through Africa and Southeast Asia.

In 1979 he co-founded the political comix magazine World War 3 Illustrated and remains on its editorial board to this day. Since 1986 he has taught courses in comics and illustration at the School of Visual Arts and currently at Parsons in New York City and is also an art director of INX, a political illustration group syndicated through the web at inxart.com.