Global insect decline has rapidly become one of the most discussed topics when considering global sustainability. But what is the current reality and how can landscapes be designed to become more resilient to insect biodiversity declines?
In this talk Ian Smith will discuss what we know about the current state of global insect diversity as well as practical ideas about how we can design rural and urban landscapes to increase insect diversity, including in your own backyard!
Ian Smith is an entomologist with a background in natural resource management and insect ecology. During his PhD he studied the how trees and shelterbelts influenced beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes, before moving into an industry role where he developed methods of industrially producing black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens) for food waste bioconversion. In his current role Ian works as the Rural Environment Officer with Hume City Council.