The Research Department hosts a seminar series that brings speakers on a wide range of topics in evolutionary biology and ecology to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden throughout the academic year.

Seminars are open to all and held Fridays at 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Please check in at the Kiosk and tell admissions staff that you are here for the seminar. You will be admitted at no charge. Out of respect for seminar speakers and to limit disruptions, guests of the Botany Seminar Series will not be admitted to the Garden after 4:10 p.m.


Fall 2017:


September 22

Jeremy Yoder

Cal State Northridge


September 29

Dwight Whittaker

Pomona College


October 6

Jochen Schenk

Cal State Fullerton


November 10

Madelaine Bartlett

UMass Amherst


November 17

Tom Givnish

University of Wisconsin, Madison


December 1

Tasha La Doux

Granite Mountains Desert Research Center


December 8

Rick McNeill

Joshua Tree National Park