The Eco Lunch & Learn series — a collaboration between Bermuda College and BEST — will hold the first presentation of the third series on October 28th with entomologist Claire Jessey set to speak on ants.

A spokesperson said, “The popular Eco Lunch & Learn series, a collaboration between Bermuda College and BEST [Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce] announce the first presentation of the third series.

“These will commence on October 28th with entomologist Claire Jessey on everyone’s favorite insect, ‘ANTS! Who’s in control?’. Further events will take place in November 2021, February, March and April 2022. These will be  virtual presentations available on Youtube and Facebook until able to return to ‘in person’ events at Bermuda College.

“Claire Jessey is the Plant Protection Officer and Government Entomologist in the Plant Protection Section of the Bermuda Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR].

“This section oversees the importation of all plant material into the island and is responsible for approving pesticide products for use in Bermuda, providing support services for the agricultural sector and offering local pest and disease diagnoses and recommendations for mitigation. Claire has been with DENR in this position for twenty plus years. She presents lectures regularly on entomological and pest control topics to hobbyist and natural history groups as well as school and youth groups.

“Claire obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology [Honours] with a minor in Psychology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. She then obtained her Masters in Applied Entomology and Pest Management with Distinction at Imperial College in London. She is a past recipient of the Fessenden-Trott, Garden Club and Commonwealth scholarships.

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