We are happy to have Dr. Jonathan Lundgren from ECYDSIS - Blue Dasher Farm in South Dakota as our guest speaker. He was a former USDA head scientist for 11 years who was reprimanded for publishing his findings on the adverse effects of neonicotinoids on pollinator and honey bee health. After splitting from the USDA ARS, he started his own research lab/farm called Blue Dasher Farms to continue his research on these and other topics. He has published more than 100 scientific papers while working for the USDA, and now makes speaking to groups across the country part of his mission. Dr. Lundgren was the keynote speaker at the American Bee Federation/American Honey Producers conference earlier this year. He is originally from Lakeville, MN.
Dr. Lundgren is an agroecologist, Director ECDYSIS Foundation, and CEO for Blue Dasher Farm. Lundgren’s research and education programs focus on assessing the ecological risk of pest management strategies and developing long-term solutions for regenerative food systems.
He received his PhD in Entomology from the University of Illinois in 2004, and was a top scientist with USDA-ARS for 11 years. Lundgren received the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering by the White House. Lundgren has served as an advisor for national grant panels and regulatory agencies on pesticide and GM crop risk assessments. Lundgren has written 110+ peer-reviewed journal articles, authored the book “Relationships of Natural Enemies and Non-prey Foods”, and has received more than $3.4 million in grants. He has trained 5 post-docs and 12 graduate students from around the world. One of his priorities is to make science applicable to end-users, and he regularly interacts with the public, beekeepers, and farmers regarding pest and farm management and insect biology. Lundgren’s research and education programs focus on assessing the ecological risk of pest management strategies and developing long-term solutions for sustainable food systems. His ecological research focuses heavily on conserving healthy biological communities within agroecosystems by reducing disturbance and increasing biodiversity within cropland.