Botany Lunch


Botany Lunch meets during the academic year on Fridays at noon in the herbaria seminar room, 1002 Valley Life Sciences Building (entrance in small corridor by north building entrance on ground floor).

Talks are already filling up for Fall 2019. Please contact Brent Mishler if you are interested in giving a talk.


Spring 2019 schedule
Click here to view schedules from previous sessions.


Jan. 25  Cindy Looy. Associate Professor (IB); Curator of Paleobotany, University of California Museum of Paleontology; Curator of Gymnosperms, University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley.
     When conifers took flight: the evolution of wind dispersal.


Feb. 1  Jason Alexander, Biodiversity Informatics Manager, University and Jepson Herbaria.
     New developments in the Consortium of California Herbaria," with time set aside for audience discussion and feedback.


Feb. 8  Jaemin Lee, PhD student, Looy lab (IB), University of California, Berkeley
     Paleoecology of angiosperm reproduction and impact of the rise of angiosperms on terrestrial arthropod diversity.


Feb. 15  Lisa Bentley, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Sonoma State University.
     Lasers in the jungle: Quantifying tree architecture of tropical trees using terrestrial LiDAR and 3D modelling.


Feb. 22  Issac Marck, PhD student, Baldwin lab (IB), University of California, Berkeley
     Free-solo systematics: evolutionary ecology of the cliff dwelling rock daisies (Perityleae; Asteraceae).


Mar. 1  Julie Allen, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno.
     Spatial phylogenetics of Florida plants and Andean birds - a methodological discussion.


Mar. 8  Prahlada Papper, PhD student, Ackerly lab (IB), University of California, Berkeley.
     When a tree loves a shrub: The intimate lives of California oaks.


Mar. 15  Paul Fine, Professor (IB), University of California, Berkeley.
     Investigating the Origin and Maintenance of Amazonian Tree Diversity: the Evolution, Historical Biogeography, and Ecology of Protium (Burseracee).


Mar. 22  Gabriel Damasco, PhD student, Fine lab (IB), University of California, Berkeley.
     Disentangling the evolutionary history of a hyperdominant plant taxon in the Neotropics.


Mar. 29  No Botany Lunch. Academic and Administrative Holiday


Apr. 5  Jarmilla Pittermann, Associate Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz.
     From deserts to cloud forests: structure-function relationships in the Pteridaceae family of ferns..


Apr. 12  Stuart Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
     The Fynbos vegetation of the Cape region of South Africa - Ecological processes and conservation issues in this vegetation, and initiatives to conserve and restore threatened habitats


Apr. 19  Open.


Apr. 26  Andrew Doran, Associate Director, Physical Archive, Internet Archive, San Francisco, California.
     How to save the world (in digital format).


May 3  Canceled.


May 10  [talk postponed because of IB faculty retreat].


May 17  Betsabe Castro Escobar, PhD student, Fine and Carlson labs (IB), University of California, Berkeley.
     Exploring the versatile uses and ethnobotany of the calabash trees in Caribbean Islands.