Wednesday 2 February 2022 from 1pm to 2pm
Did you know that there are over 2,000 species of native bees in Australia? Who might live in your patch of the city? And how can we make that space the best it can bee?
In this interactive workshop, learn how to turn a concrete jungle into an urban oasis for native bees. After an introduction to the diversity of native bees, learn about the needs of bees, including where they live, what plants attract them and what flowers they forage on. You’ll learn strategies to design and nurture your own green space - big or small, to welcome both people and pollinators.
The talk will be followed by a short Q&A session with Amelie.
Amelie Vanderstock is an ecologist, educator, and artist in her final PhD year at the University of Sydney and Hokkaido University. Amelie researches the role of community gardens and urban greenspaces for promoting pollinating insect biodiversity. She also designs educational programs that connect youth with local ecology, inviting them to be co-creators of ecological research and science communications. Inspired by her studies, Amelie writes original Ecology pop music and has performed at festivals, schools and in communities across Australia and Japan.
Amelie has presented over 100 workshops for all ages on the ecology of native bees, urban permaculture and designing for biodiversity. For her science communications, Amelie was awarded the Ecological Society of Australia and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage award for outstanding outreach in 2019, and the Dean's Award for citizenship and outreach in 2020.
Amelie became an insect ecologist because she never lost her wonder at the amazing world of invertebrates and their fascinating lives. Her dream is to share this wonder with our broader community – because we can be ecologists too!