The Truth About the Birds and the Bees
Dr. Gabriela Chavarria
This presentation will highlight the importance of ALL pollinators and the critical role they play in healthy agricultural and natural landscapes. The special focus of the presentation centers around native bees.
Biography: Dr. Gabriela Chavarria is currently the Forensic Science Branch Chief at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Forensic Laboratory. Prior to this post, she served as Science Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Prior to her work with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Dr. Chavarria served as Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Science Center, where she applied her scientific knowledge to translate the most up-to-date science into solutions for environmental problems. Her close ties to scientists and key policy-makers helped advance NRDC's goal of uniting sound science with sound policy and education for the mutual benefit of people and nature. She also has served as Vice President for Science and International Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, Policy Director for Wildlife Conservation at the National Wildlife Federation and as the Director of International and Special Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Chavarria has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the National University of Mexico, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University. Her research focused on the systematics, behavior, and biogeography of Neotropical bumble bees. She has conducted research on these topics in more than 30 countries in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and was a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, where she worked on pollinator conservation.