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MCLA'S NEXT 'GREEN LIVING' TALK TO FOCUS ON INVASIVE MOTHS

03/30/17

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Green Living Series will continue to offer seminars on “Science and Management of Invasive Species” on Thursday, April 6, with “Biocontrol Control of Winter Moth and Gypsy Moth.” This presentation will be given by Dr. Joe Elkinton, from the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences at UMASS-Amherst.

All of the lectures in this series are free and open to the public. They take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121.

Elkinton, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979, is a professor of environmental conservation at U-MASS-Amherst. He focuses his research on population dynamics and biological control of invasive forest insects. His early work focused on gypsy moth and the impact of small mammal predators and viral and fungal pathogens on that system.

Elkinton’s recent projects focus on the population dynamics of browntail moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, and winter moth, and he currently is involved with efforts to introduce predatory beetles to control hemlock woolly adelgid and a tachinid parasitoid to control winter moth.

This Green Living Series will continue on Thursdays through April 20.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/greenliving, or contact Dr. Daniel Shustack, D.Shustack@mcla.edu or (413) 662-5301. Podcasts of the seminars will be posted online following each presentation at www.mcla.edu/greenliving.

The 2017 Green Living Seminar series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the MCLA Environmental Studies Department.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/.