The Role of Management in Structuring Pollinator Communities of Forested Landscapes in the Eastern United States


Webinar information

Dr. Cunningham-Minnick recently developed a novel device and technique to passively sample invertebrates immediately above the forest in the canopy-aerospace interface. Experimental applications of this device and how it aids and alters our understanding of forest pollinator ecology will be highlighted in this webinar, including that the role of forests in supporting pollinator communities may be undervalued. However, open-canopy habitat within a forested landscape also provides unique resources for pollinators. This webinar will showcase an opportunity for forest management to play an essential role in maximizing pollinator diversity by optimizing the configuration of forest and other covers in the landscape.


Michael Cunningham-Minnick, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Is this webinar for you?

This webinar is intended for anyone interested in the conservation of pollinators in forested landscapes of the eastern United States, including land managers, conservationists, ecologists, and applied statisticians. 


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USDA Forest Service
Manulife Investment Management
Oregon Department of Forestry
Oregon Forest Resources Institute
Oregon State University

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Webinar access 

The archived recording of this webinar is available through May 16, 2025.

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Webinar duration

This webinar is 1 hour.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

1. Identify which management practices, or combination thereof, facilitate a healthy and robust pollinator community given site conditions (e.g., soil properties, vegetation composition).

2. Explain the relationship between stand structure and composition to the distribution of pollinators, particularly native bees.

3. Explain the broader role of the configuration of a forest and its various successional stages in promoting pollinators throughout the landscape.


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Upon successful completion of this webinar, you will earn 1.0 CFEs in Category 1. CFEs will automatically be added to your CFE record located on by the end of the day (11:59 pm ET).


Upon successful completion of this webinar and evaluation, participants may download and print a certificate verifying completion of the webinar and earning SAF CFEs. CFE certificates will only be available until May 17, 2025 at 12:00 am ET. 

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Michael Cunningham-Minnick

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Dr. Cunningham-Minnick received his B.S. in Biology from The Ohio State University in 2008 and Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from Miami University in 2019. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher as a community ecologist at University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a specific interest in deciphering environmental filtering mechanisms, including land management approaches. Broadly, his work investigates how changes in plant-pollinator interactions due to disturbances structure the ensuing community. Dr. Cunningham-Minnick’s most recent work highlights how the vertical distribution of pollinators – specifically native bee communities – within forested landscapes are modified following land management practices of natural habitats.

Margaret Miller (Moderator)

Forest Landowner Education Manager

Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI)


The Role of Management in Structuring Pollinator Communities of Forested Landscapes in the Eastern United States
05/16/2024 at 3:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/15/2024  |  60 minutes
05/16/2024 at 3:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/15/2024  |  60 minutes
6 Questions
6 Questions Please complete the evaluation to help inform the continuous improvement of future programming.
CFEs & Certificate
1.00 CAT1 credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CAT1 credit  |  Certificate available Download, save and print for your records. Your CFEs will be posted to your SAF CFE record today.