Discover Nature Programs | LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Discover Nature Programs

 Through a partnership with the Capital Area Native Plant Society (CANPS) and the Louisiana Master Naturalist of Greater Baton Rouge (LMNGBR) we are proud to offer an exciting series of “Discover Nature” programs featuring local experts that are in touch with nature and are eager to share their experiences. All programs will begin at 6:30pm in the Imo Brown Complex in the Beverly Brown Coates Auditorium. For members of Hilltop, CANPS and LMNGBR the fee is $5 per program, $10 for non-members, pay at the door (cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted).

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 6:30pm

Featuring: Dr. Frank Rinkevick

Bug on flowerInsects are the most abundant, variable, and dominant forms of life on the planet. The importance of the role of insects in the world of living things is becoming more appreciated each year, not only because of the attention given to the species that act as pests, but also because of the increasing realization that many species are extremely valuable to humanity. The study of insects is an important part of the training of every agriculturist, biology teacher, and student of nature. In this presentation, we will define what is an insect, discuss the unique habits and domains of insects, explore the diversity of insect sensory and communication systems, and survey the variation in types of insects.

Dr. Frank D. Rinkevich is a Research Entomologist with extensive training in insect toxicology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics. The goal of Dr. Frank's research is to provide a basic understanding of insecticide toxicology that is relevant to field conditions in the commercial beekeeping industry. Current research interests in Dr. Rinkevich's lab include evaluating the effects of pesticide exposure on colony survivorship in commercial beekeeping operations, assessing the capacity and dynamics of metabolic detoxification of insecticides, understanding the genetic, behavioral and social factors that affect insecticide sensitivity, determining the breadth, depth, and mechanisms of amitraz resistance in Varroa, establishing the effects of fungicides on colony health, and evaluating control materials and practices for small hive beetle.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 6:30pm

Featuring: John K. Flores

bird on tree limb

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 6:30pm

Featuring: Melissa Collins