Pollinators in Paradise – MALP Educational Meeting

This Meeting’s Speaker is:
Dr. Jason Graham

In October 2016, seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees became federally protected under the Endangered Species Act. Endemic Hylaeus (yellow-faced bees) are pollinators which have coevolved with native plants and support native Hawaii ecosystems functions since before humans arrived on the islands. Plants which had coevolved with these endemic Hawaiian bees and depend on the bee for pollination are also endangered. During this talk you will learn about these endemic Hawaiian bees and what you can do to support their populations in your landscapes.

Dr. Jason Graham studied endangered Hawaiian yellow-faced bees during his post-doctoral research guiding development of conservation tools and monitoring protocols. He earned his MS and PhD at University of Florida where he studied native bees in the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory. He led field trips for the 2016 IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). His research has been featured by National Geographic and presented at the Smithsonian Museum. He and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum were awarded a 2018 Disney Conservation Fund grant to develop the Pollinators in Paradise exhibit, educational program and citizen science project.