The Desert Underground
May 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm PDT
May 13, 2021, 5:00-6:15 pm
Speaker: Robin Kobaly
Cost: Free of Charge
*Recording is no longer available.
Exposing a Valuable Hidden World Under Our Feet
Through original artwork, graphics, and photography, Robin will lead her guests on a virtual tour of the desert underground. This “tour” reveals the amazing partnerships that connect every native plant underground across the landscape. Journey through the interlocking biological and geological systems that work together to gather, move, and share resources, pass information between plants, create a surprising carbon sponge, and help to combat climate change wherever desert soils remain intact. It may be the first time you appreciate caliche! You won’t believe what is happening under our feet.
Robin Kobaly is a botanist and plant ecologist with expertise in plant communities across the American southwest. She is Executive Director of The SummerTree Institute (www.summertree.org), and President and cofounder of The Power of Plants (www.powerofplants.com). Robin has bachelors and masters degrees in Biology and Plant Ecology from the University of California, Riverside, with three decades of experience in plant ecology, wildlife biology, land use management, aerial photo interpretation, and natural history interpretation. Her popular seminars and workshops examine the astonishing ages of ancient desert plants and their value to ecosystem sustainability, ethnobotanical and landscape uses of native plants, and the almost magical things happening underground in desert soils.