Susan Chan is a pollination biologist with a background in agriculture and education. She has a long-standing special interest in the native pollinator, Peponapis pruinosa, commonly known as the squash bee. Susan researches the ecology of the pollination system of Cucurbita crops, especially as it relates to nesting habits, foraging efficiency and reproductive efficiency of that crop’s pollinators.
She is concerned about the effects of neuro-toxic systemic insecticides upon the health and stability of that pollination system. Susan currently does her research independently, is a popular speaker on the topic of native bees and manages the Native Pollinator Program for Farms at Work, a not-for-profit charitable project of Tides Canada located in central Ontario.