The Research Department hosts a seminar series that feature speakers on a wide range of topics in evolutionary biology and ecology.
Seminars are open to all and held on 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.
Kathryn E. Theiss, Ph.D.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Urban Reproductive Ecology of Asclepias curassavica - Kathryn is fascinated by the evolution of plant reproduction and how reproductive strategies mitigate or aggravate conservation issues, especially global climate change. She combines field, molecular, and greenhouse studies of both rare and common species to explore these topics.Her previous research includes pollination in milkweeds (Asclepias) in the mid-western US, demographic modeling of a rare orchid (Erasanthe henrici) in Madagascar, and evaluating species boundaries in camas lilies (Camassia) in the Pacific Northwest. She is continuing to evaluate breeding system patterns in desert evening primroses (Oenothera).