We're happy to announce Dennise Belmaker has joined the StopPests in Housing Program at the Northeastern IPM Center. She'll be supporting our work to promote integrated pest management in affordable housing as a consultant and trainer, and helping to develop new resources. She brings with her a diverse background in environmental sciences, program management, project coordination, and public outreach.
"As a biologist and environmental professional, I believe deeply in education and outreach to the public," Belmaker said. "I am very excited to join this team of passionate and dedicated individuals. I feel it is a great opportunity to make a positive contribution to communities and institutions of limited resources."
Prior to coming to the Northeastern IPM Center, she implemented programs and projects for the City of Ithaca and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She has served on the Solar Tompkins volunteer leaders' team and is a board member of EVI Inc. and Learn@EcoVillageIthaca (the land stewardship and education non-profits of Ecovillage at Ithaca), where she promotes energy efficiency, conservation, and sustainability.
She has an M.A. in environment, society, and planning studies and a B.Sc. in biology, both from Tel-Aviv University in Israel. She brings broad experience working with private, public, and academic sectors.
While working at the Lab of Ornithology, Dennise co-developed and coordinated a citizen science project called the House Sparrow Project, in which she translated scientific research for non-scientists. Her ability to communicate scientific concepts to general audiences will be a great asset to the StopPests Program, where we often have to convey very technical information to the general public.
With Dennise, a native Spanish speaker, on the StopPests team, we look forward to bringing our resources and training materials to a broader audience through much-needed translation. We're excited to have Dennise on board.