Dr. Douglas Tallamy Speaks at the UDLA Annual Faculty Lecture



    The University of Delaware Library Associates announces the 2009 Annual Faculty Lecture entitled “Bringing Nature Home:  How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair of the Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Department and Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware.  The Lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. in the Reserve Room of the Morris Library of the University of Delaware.  A reception for all program attendees will follow also in the Reserve Room after Dr. Tallamy’s presentation.  Interested individuals may request a printed invitation by calling the Office of the Vice Provost at 302-831-2231 or by sending an email to [].  An online version of the invitation is available at [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/new/2009UDLA%20Faculty%20Invite.html].

    The talk will focus on Dr. Tallamy’s recent book Bringing Nature Home:  How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens. “It is not too late to save the ecosystem-sustaining matrix of insects and animals, and the solution is as easy as replacing alien plants with natives,” Dr. Tallamy observed.

    Dr. Tallamy received a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Entomology from Rutgers University, and a B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College.  Dr. Tallamy’s research interests are varied and include behavioral ecology of insects, sexual selection, conservation of biodiversity, impact of alien plants on native ecosystems, plant-insect interactions, cucurbitacin pharmacophagy, and insect parental care.  His teaching responsibilities include Conservation of Tropical Ecosystems, Debates in Conservation Biology, Behavioral Ecology, and Advanced Ecology. 

    Bringing Nature Home:  How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens (Portland, Oregon:  Timber Press, 2007) will be available for purchase from the University of Delaware Bookstore at the event.  Dr. Tallamy has expressed willingness to sign copies of his book during the reception.

    The Annual Faculty Lecture and reception are open to the public.