Effects of Artificial Lighting on Pollinator Networks: Zoom workshop with Bryan Tompkins

June 23, 2021 @ 6:00PM — 7:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

USFWS biologist Bryan Tompkins will discuss one of the often overlooked threats to pollinators: artificial lighting

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You might be aware of the plight of the pollinators. And maybe you’ve heard of issues affecting pollinator health such as pesticides, disease, loss of habitat, and climate change. But did you know that artificial outdoor lighting can adversely affect pollinator health? Recent research is
uncovering some surprising and alarming effects that artificial outdoor lighting can have on nocturnal and diurnal pollinators and the plants that they need to survive. In the last twenty years, light emissions have increased by 70% in residential areas around the world. From reductions in flower visits by pollinators to reduced seed and fruit set in plants, artificial outdoor lighting is impacting natural ecosystems in ways we never before imagined. Join us as we explore the research and effects of artificial lighting as well as mitigation measures we can all take to minimize the effects of the human desire to overcome the darkness of night.

Bryan has spent the past 15-years as a Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Asheville, North Carolina. He currently serves as the USFWS – Southeast Region recovery biologist for the federally endangered rusty-patched bumble bee and is the Energy Project Coordinator for the Asheville Field Office where he reviews energy production and development projects such as hydropower, coal combustion, natural gas, solar arrays, and wind farms. His job responsibilities consist of coordinating with energy companies to protect threatened and endangered species and their habitats from impacts associated with energy production projects. His recent efforts have been focused on the conservation of pollinator species with emphasis on the preservation and restoration of native pollinator habitat in North Carolina. He is a founding member of the North Carolina Pollinator Conservation Alliance – a diverse group of dedicated stakeholders from state and federal agencies, educational institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations that have shared interests in advancing pollinator conservation in North Carolina and an active member of the Asheville Bee City Leadership Committee. In his free time, Bryan enjoys backcountry camping, float fishing the many beautiful rivers of western North Carolina, gardening, and spending time in the outdoors with his family.