The Research Department hosts a seminar series that feature speakers on a wide range of topics in evolutionary biology and ecology.
The Friday Seminar Series for fall 2018 is listed below. Seminars are open to all and held Fridays at 4 pm during the semester, 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 pm.
Jacob Landis is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Riverside in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences studying the Evolutionary Genomics of barley in the Koenig lab.
University of Sao Paulo
Lucia Lohmann's primary research interest is to understand patterns of plant diversification and biogeography in the Tropics. Most of her research focuses on the plant family Bignoniaceae, a key component of Tropical forests.
Iowa State University
Tracy Heath's research seeks to understand how evolutionary forces have produced the patterns of biodiversity we observe in the Tree of Life. She is motivated by the wide array of evolutionary questions that can be addressed with complex, biologically-realistic models of evolution applied to molecular, morphological, and paleontological data
San Francisco State University
Currently at San Francisco State University, Jason T. Cantley is an Assistant Professor of Plant Evolution in the Biology Department. He is researching biodiversity and evolution on the Pacific centered genus Coprosma (Rubiaceae), Australian taxa of Solanum sect. Leptostemonum, and conservation genetics of rare plants in the California Floristic Province. Generally, Cantley is interested in the evolutionary factors influencing historical biogeography and future distributions of plants as the climate changes.
Louisiana State University
Laura's research focuses on phylogenetics, systematics, and macroevolution of angiosperms, with a focus on the Neotropics. Her primary study systems are the Neotropical bellflowers (Campanulaceae: Lobelioideae), a rapid radiation with a large degree of morphological and ecological diversity.