Meet Jackson Helms IV, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher at the Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University, whose research focuses on how restoring intensive agriculture to native vegetation maximizes the ecosystem services of insects; how dispersal tradeoffs shape population dynamics, species interactions, and the evolution of life histories; and how to conserve and protect landscapes. Jackson is the subject of the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.
As human-driven changes to ecosystems drive insect declines on both local and perhaps global scales, entomologists and ecologists are hard at work building the research-based foundations necessary for managed insect-conservation efforts.
Planting strips of wildflowers next to crops is a boon for native bees, but few farms adopt the practice. A new study, however, shows farmers can turn an immediate profit by selling wildflower seeds retail, while the long-term benefits of increased pollination and crop yields materialize over time.
A recent Environmental Entomology study sheds new light on how insects fit into the puzzle of sage grouse—and rangeland—conservation.