- 04:00pm - 05:00pm, Thursday, 12 September 2013
- Biodiversity Conservation Centre - Kings Park, West Perth
Dr Sean Tomlinson is an ecophysiologist with an interest in physiological and behavioural adaptations of animals to stressful or harsh environments. Sean is currently working with Kings Park and UWA to understand how to better structure restoration landscapes to facilitate colonisation by native bees and other insect pollinators.
Native insects have suffered declines in many parts of the world as a result of ecological disruption from clearing and industrialisation. Unlike more obvious fauna such as reptiles, mammals and birds, native insect declines have gone largely unnoticed. Native bees provide many important services such as pollination, and can persist fairly well in urban parks and gardens, provided that some specialised habitats are made available to them. This may be of considerable importance in the face of the collapse of honey bees all over the world.