Botany Society Lecture: Assessing Plant Biodiversity

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 10:00am


Dr. Michael G. Simpson to Speak to Botany Society
"Assessing Plant Biodiversity: Collections and DNA" 

Monday, January 9, 10:00 am, ABDSP Visitor Center

Dr. Michael G. Simpson has been a Professor of Biology at San Diego State University since 1986. His area of expertise is plant systematics, which is dealing with the description, identification, naming, and classification of plants, with the overriding goal of discovering the pattern of the evolutionary history of plants.

His talk will focus on two aspects of the plant sciences used to assess biodiversity. One is the importance of collections (that is, plant specimens collected and placed in herbaria) in recognizing and describing new species or species previously thought to be extinct. The second is the use of DNA sequence data to trace the evolutionary history of species, in evaluating their relationships, geographic history, and changes in morphology. The popcorn flowers will be used as a model system to illustrate these two interwoven scientific disciplines in assessing biodiversity.

This talk is open to the public and free.