MCLA Green Living Seminar Series Presents ‘Residential Landscaping to Support Pollinators’ with Dr. Susannah Lerman March 9

February 28, 2022

 U.S. Forest Service Research Ecologist Dr. Susannah Lerman will give a talk titled “Residential Landscaping to Support Pollinators,” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.  

Part of MCLA’s Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public. Please note that masks are required in all buildings on MCLA’s campus. 

About Dr. Susannah Lerman 

Dr. Susannah Lerman is a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service in the Communities and Landscapes of the Urban Northeast unit. She earned her B.A. in American History from the University of Delaware in 1994, an M.S. in Conservation Biology from Antioch University in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts in 2011. Her research explores the links between human management of urban green spaces (e.g. yards, neighborhood parks and open space) and the health and success of native wildlife populations, and how these impacts subsequently feedback to influence people due to the role of biodiversity in delivering ecosystem services.  

Dr. Lerman translates the application of scientific information into management tools and integrates a citizen science approach with the ultimate goal of improving the sustainability of urban environments for birds, bees and other wildlife, and advancing human well-being through reconnecting people with nearby nature. Her research has identified key mechanisms driving biodiversity patterns through the design of experimental field studies that manipulate management behaviors and predation risk to test hypotheses and address research questions. Susannah’s research emphasis is on private lands, which provide opportunities for the public to participate in science, conservation, and shared stewardship. She seeks opportunities to explain scientific findings to varying audiences while trying to facilitate connections between the public’s personal lives and the urban ecosystem. This includes presentations to the scientific and management community (e.g. urban foresters, wildlife biologists), birding and gardening clubs, and she regularly contributes to popular media including Science Friday, Scientific American, Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation. 

MCLA’s annual Green Living Seminar Series continues through April, presenting a series of lectures on the theme of “Greening the City.” Every semester, the Green Living Seminar Series centers around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues. Seminars take place on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. until April 20.  

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

Presentations will also be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: 

  • Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays at 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
  • Mondays at 5:30 p.m. 

Recordings will also be available on the College’s YouTube channel. 

For more information, visit or contact Professor of Environmental Studies Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303.