Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C) is a registered not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems through conservation, education, and research.
Vicki has been working to protect and promote pollinators with Pollinator Partnership since 2011. As Director she oversees P2 Canada's research and programs, keeping on top of new and emerging pollinator issues and managing programs that includes pollinator habitat conservation and landscape management assessments; understanding and enhancing agroecosystems; landuse and pesticide policy review; support for threatened and critical species; and ecosystem service assessments in Canada. Vicki joined the San Francisco team after completing her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley. In 2015 she returned home to Toronto with the expansion of P2 Canada. Vicki’s interest in pollinators was sparked during her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph and has continued ever since. Her graduate research focused on understanding how native bees use gardens and habitats in cities. This focus on pollinators in human-dominated landscapes has continued throughout her career. Vicki’s contributions to pollinator research and conservation include numerous peer reviewed papers, book chapters, policy pieces, planting guides, and technical manuals. The outdoors has always been calling this city girl who enjoys skiing, sailing, hiking, and any excuse to get out of town.
Anthony Colangelo is a biology enthusiast who spends most of his time admiring and taking photographs of local birds and bugs. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Queen’s University majoring in Biology, and researched interesting life history traits and parental care behaviours seen in many bird species during his undergraduate career. Anthony has worked through multiple field seasons on many study organisms including tree swallows, black-capped chickadees, and carrion beetles, and loves to be outdoors to conduct research. Based in Toronto, Anthony is excited to be working toward improving pollinator protection and health!
Sam is a graduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland working to obtain her Master’s in Environmental Science. Her love of bees began back in the United States while working as a Nature Instructor at her local nature center that housed their very own observatory beehive. She then began taking beekeeping courses, built her own solitary bee sanctuary, and helped collect native bee species for the USGS Maryland Bee Survey. In 2018, she moved to Newfoundland to study some of the world’s healthiest bees and work along side local apiarists in hopes to help strengthen the local commercial beekeeping operations. Her graduate research focuses on improving cryopreservation techniques for long term storage of drone semen which can be used to inseminated queens earlier in the Newfoundland season. She is also studying the differences in the local honeybee subspecies that will allow her to provide an educated recommendation to beekeepers on the best bees specifically for Newfoundland beekeeping. She is looking forward to continuing her bee research with the Pollinator Partnership, working more directly with Newfoundland’s beekeepers and farmers, and helping to develop new resources for the province.
Kathleen’s interest in native plants and restoration ecology lead her to discover a love for pollinators and a fascination with their crucial role in sustaining ecosystems. She completed a Masters degree in geography at the University of Guelph, Ontario (Canada), where her research focused on farmer-centered and collaborative approaches to pollinator conservation on farmland. Her favourite research topics are landscape-level habitat provision and crop production interactions, and innovative governance approaches to environmental problems. Kathleen has volunteered on the North American Native Plant Society’s Rescues and Restoration Committee, and led environmental leadership workshops and research internationally, notably in Guyana and Senegal. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Kathleen is engaged with both the urban and rural conservation communities, with a special place in her heart for farmers.
Jennifer is an Environmental Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice graduate (Royal Roads University), who has has a reputation for providing quality research and support in the field of environmental sustainability, sustainable community development, ecological restoration, and alternative wastewater design. She has an undeniable passion for the environment and all things nature, which has led her to be in constant pursuit of developing and implementing long-term, sustainable solutions to the Earth’s most pressing ecological and societal challenges. Jennifer has a particular interest in learning and developing diverse ways of integrating local, sustainable food systems into natural, ecological landscapes, and has travelled and worked on organic farms throughout Australia and Canada, where many insights were gained on what immediate challenges local farmers are faced with, with regard to climate change and sustainable food production. With that, human ingenuity, curiosity and passion have been drivers to facilitate inspirational approaches to face and overcome these challenges. Jennifer is excited to marry her skills and expertise in native plant ecology, small-scale farming, and restoration to work towards Pollinator Partnership’s mission of ensuring pollinators are protected for the sake of the ecosystems and global and local food security. Being the newest addition to the Victoria, BC team, Jennifer is excited to be working alongside such passionate, engaged and knowledgeable individuals who make up the Pollinator Partnership team.
Lydia Moorehead is working towards her Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Chemistry at Queen’s University, focusing on environmental chemistry and solving new ways to reduce pollution in Ontario’s water systems. Her enthusiasm for nature started young when grew up in Toronto very close to High Park, where she would spend hours looking at local plants. She continued to embrace the outdoors during hiking trips through Ontario’s provincial parks. Lydia has been part of Toronto’s Arkan Dance Company for 7 years, performing locally and internationally. On these trips, she relishes the chance to observe new ecosystems and embrace the local culture and customs. Lydia is very excited to work with the Pollinator Partnership team to develop new teaching tools for Ontarians.
Lora Morandin has been doing research on bees and pollination since 1997. She started out working on bee pollination of greenhouse tomatoes at Western University in Ontario and that grew into an interest in native pollinator conservation and sustainable agriculture. She then did a PhD at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia studying modern agriculture and pollinators, followed by post doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley working on enhancement of native pollinators and natural enemy insects through small-scale farm restoration. Lora has more than 20 peer-reviewed publications on pollinators and sustainable agriculture, including innovative work on economic benefits of ecosystem services. She has consulted for government and industry on diverse ecological topics such as seabird oiling from offshore oil and gas operations, and honey bee health research gaps. One of her main interests is finding ways that production and conservation can co-exist for a healthy and sustainable environment. Lora lives in Victoria, British Columbia and when she’s not working part time for Pollinator Partnership Canada, spends time working on her urban farm and enjoying BC’s beautiful natural areas. Lora is excited to be working with P2C to bring more research, outreach, and conservation of pollinators to urban and agricultural areas of Western Canada.
Katherine recently completed her Bachelor of Science Honors in Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her undergraduate research was regarding native and introduced pollinators in the MUN Botanical Garden where she worked mainly with bumble bees. It was early on in her undergraduate that Katherine realized her interest in insect pollinators. She hopes to continue her love of insects and plants with a graduate program in Agricultural Studies in the near future. She is currently still at MUN completing her final few semesters of a Bachelor of Arts degree where she is an English major minoring in Classics studies, and takes Spanish Language classes. Though she wants to remain in Canada to do research, it is a dream of hers to travel to Central and South America to study insects on her free time. A native of Toronto, she has called St. John’s her home while studying and has taken great pleasure from learning as much as she can about the specific species that call the Island of Newfoundland theirs.