Rella Abernathy, PhD

Beyond Pesticides Board and City of Boulder
Boulder, CO

Rella  Abernathy

Rella Abernathy, PhD is an entomologist who coordinates pesticide reduction and ecosystem protection policy for the City of Boulder, Colorado, one of the first cities to adopt an IPM policy and neighbor notification ordinance for pesticide applications. She has worked at the EPA's pesticide program on sustainable agriculture and pesticide reduction policy. Dr. Abernathy also is responsible for the city’s pollinator conservation and mosquito management programs. She leads the Boulder Pollinator Garden Project, a network of public agencies, universities, NGOs, businesses, and community members working together to create high-quality pollinator habitat. Dr. Abernathy has spent her career on the development of ecologically-sound land management practices.