Benjamin Powell

Statewide Pollinator and Invertebrate Conservation Specialist
Horticulture Program Team, Dillon County Cooperative Extension Office, Georgetown County Cooperative Extension Office, Horry County Cooperative Extension Office, Marion County Cooperative Extension Office, Williamsburg County Cooperative Extension Office

Office: Baruch Institute for Coastal Ecology and Forest Sc
Phone: 843-546-4481
Email: bpowel2@clemson.edu

 

 Educational Background

M.S. Entomology - Arthropod Biodiversity
Clemson University 2007

B.S. Biology
Wofford College 2001

 Profile

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the natural world and the interactions of its inhabitants, especially the smaller majority (insects and other invertebrates). I believe that conservation and wise use of natural resources is essential to preserving ecosystem services, especially in the developing communities, and the public has a vested interest in protecting pollinators and other invertebrates because of the critical roles they play in maintaining agricultural and ecosystem services . As the Pollinator and Invertebrate Conservation specialist, my primary goal is to expand appreciation for all insects and invertebrates, especially those that support South Carolina agriculture and natural resources. I like to say that my goal is to change peoples' reactions to insects from "Ewe" to "Awe."

I focus my education and outreach programs on two areas: 1) advancing apiculture and beekeeping and 2) improving public awareness about the importance of pollinators and invertebrate biodiversity.

 Research Interests

- Apiculture and beekeeping
- Pollinator habitats and conservation
- Invertebrate taxonomy and ecology
- Control of invasive species
- Wetland conservation and ecology

 Extension and Outreach

- SC Beekeeping Website
- Clemson's Pollinator and Invertebrate Conservation Facebook Page
- Clemson Apiculture & Pollinator Protection, Education & Demonstration Weekly Blog (Capped)
- Advanced trainings for Beekeepers, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists
- Pollinator Habitat Demonstration Plots
- 4H Honey Bee Project
- 4H Introduction to Entomology

 Publications

- Swarms of Honey Bees
- Shorescaping Freshwater Waterfronts
- Floating Wetlands
- Armadillos in SC
- SC Stormwater Pond Management Website
- Invertebrates Associated with Waterhyacinth Rafts and Descriptions of the larvae of Neochetina bruchi and N. eichhorniae

 Links

South Carolina State Beekeepers Association
Pollinator Partnership
Eastern Apicultural Society
Bee Informed Partnership
Clemson 4H Honey Bee Project