Ecological Restoration / Remediation / Brownfields

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-C02 - Bee There or Be Square: Promoting Pollinator Habitats in Landscape Architecture

Friday, October 20
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Pollinators need you! Bees, butterflies, beetles, bats, birds, and other animals that pollinate plants are vital to our well-being. Pollinators contribute to one third of global food production. This panel explores how pollinator habitats can be supported at multiple scales by collective effort between conservation biologists and landscape architects.  

Learning Objectives:

Tao Zhang


Tao is a principal at SASAKI. Trained as an ecologist and landscape architect, Tao is active in the arena of ecological design, striving to bridge the gap between practice and science. As well as being mindful and invested in the creative expression, he seeks inspiration from science. As an integral part of Sasaki's strong international presence Tao has led a number of award winning projects. He has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and speaks frequently at conferences around the globe. He is also on the adjunct faculty of Rhode Island School of Design.


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Anthony Fettes

Ecologist/Landscape Architect

With over fourteen years combined experience in ecological restoration, vegetation monitoring, and landscape design, Anthony plays a fundamental role in integrating ecological design across Sasaki’s interdisciplinary practice. In addition to his contribution to numerous award-winning projects, he is active in knowledge-sharing, presenting at conferences, universities, in addition to serving as adjunct faculty at Rhode Island School of Design and Boston Architectural College. Anthony holds an MLA from the University of New Mexico and a BS in Natural Resource Management and Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.


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Rob Fiegener

Native Seed Network Director
Institute for Applied Ecology

A botanist and ecologist by training, Rob is interested in the selection and use of plant materials in the built environment as well as rehabilitation of natural areas. Rob has been working since 2002 to support environmental restoration and the industry that provides seed of native plants. He seeks to translate scientific understanding into economically profitable approaches to restoration of resilient habitats and sustainable provision of ecosystem services.


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Pati Vitt

Senior Scientist and Manager of Conservation Programs
Chicago Botanic Garden

Pati Vitt is Senior Scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and serves as the Roger and Susan Stone Curator of the Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank. The Seed Bank collects and banks species across the tallgrass prairie region of the midwestern United States that are important to restoration efforts. Her research is focused on the population dynamics of rare plants, asking how populations of these species fare under management activities targeted at community structure and ecosystem functioning rather than on individual species. Rare plants provide models to understand how habitat fragmentation and rapid environmental change will affect common species.


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FRI-C02 - Bee There or Be Square: Promoting Pollinator Habitats in Landscape Architecture

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