The Spring Lunch

The Spring Lunch: Science, Society, and Our Environment

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Noon–2 pm

Event Co-Chairs

Sarah M. Belz
Elena Ende
Katheryn P. Kempner
Alexandra Mondre
Catherine B. Sidamon-Eristoff

We invite you to join us at the Museum as an expert panel explores this year’s topic: What does the current decline in insect biodiversity mean for cities like New York? 

There is substantial evidence that insects are declining in both abundance and diversity across many regions of the planet. These unsustainable rates of loss will have significant consequences for the functioning of the planet’s ecosystems. Essential ecosystem services provided by insects—pollination, litter decomposition and soil formation, pest control, and nutrient cycling—are vital for the functioning of the biosphere, food production, and human health.

A panel of experts, including Ana Luz Porzecanski, director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, and Jessica Ware, associate curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, will discuss the importance of understanding and reversing the unprecedented loss of insects and its implications for the planet’s biodiversity, and, more specifically, what it means for communities with large concentrations of humans, including New York.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Diane Morales at 212-496-3457 or email [email protected].


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All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The non-deductible portion of each table is $1,080 and of each ticket is $135; those values will be reflected on all tax acknowledgements issued for Spring Lunch tickets.

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The Spring Lunch will be held in accordance with the Museum’s Health and Safety guidelines in effect at the time of the event.