Interview with Monika Pretz, PhD, Staff Biologist & Pollinator Program Leader, Tennessee Environmental Council (Episode 102)

September 1, 2023

It  has now become commonplace to hear scientists  express concern for loss of habitat for wildlife.  This is true across the broad spectrum of plants and animals.  Much attention has been placed upon the decrease in population  of important pollinator species such as bees, butterflies and moths.  This loss  has been caused by many factors such as the widespread use of insecticide, but also by the loss of host plant  species upon which these pollinators rely for food and reproduction.

Our guest today, Monika Pretz, PhD is now leading a program for the Tennessee Environmental Council called “Generate Some Buzz”.  This program  is aimed at educating the general public about the important role which pollinators play in the environment and about the  mitigation of  pollinator loss through   the establishment of   wildflower gardens filled with the native plants upon which these insects rely .

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Mark Thomas Fraley is a lawyer (now retired) in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). Prior to starting law practice in 1987, Mark was active in the field of Parks and Recreation. He was the first Parks and Recreation Director for the cities of Gatlinburg and Sevierville Tennessee. He was the founding program administrator for the Parks and Recreation Technical Advisory Service (PARTAS) and served as Assistant Commissioner of Conservation and Director or Parks and Recreation for the State of Tennessee.

Mark practiced law in Nashville Tennessee from 1987 until retirement in 2017.  He had a general practice with an emphasis on Social Security Disability claims.  He was a faculty member of the Nashville School of Law ( 1997-2009) teaching the course on Social Security Law.

University of Cincinnati, 1974, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
Nashville School of Law, 1983, Doctor of Jurisprudence

License to Practice Law, Tennessee Supreme Court (1983) BPR# 10448
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1987)
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, (1994)

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