Botany Lunch

    Botany Lunch meets Fridays at noon during the academic year. Talks are in 1002 Valley Life Sciences Building (entrance in small corridor by north entrance on ground floor). Talks are already filling up for 2016. Please contact Andrew Doran if you are interested in giving a talk.

Fall 2015 schedule
Click here to view schedules from previous sessions.

Aug. 21 Highlights from Botany 2015 (Brent Mishler, Carl Rothfels, Bruce Baldwin, David Baxter, Andrew Thornhill, Will Freyman, Chelsea Specht, Riva Bruenn, Tom Bruns; 5 minutes each)


Aug. 28 Joanna Clines, USDA Forest Service Forest Botanist, & Research Associate, University & Jepson Herbaria
The Sierra Plants Project: a new photographic field guide to Sierra Nevada flowering plants (photos by Stephen Sharnoff)


Sep. 4 Bort Edwards, Postdoc., Presgraves Lab, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Biogeography of the Australian Monsoon Tropics and the role of environmental barriers in the evolution of the Broadleaf Paperbark (Melaleuca leucadendra) species complex


Sep. 11 Nick Jensen, Grad. Student, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden & Claremont Graduate University
Flora of Tejon Ranch


Sep. 18 Dan Gluesenkamp, Executive Director, California Native Plant Society
Opportunities and Solutions in California plant conservation: appreciating our past and looking forward to the future


Sep. 25 Bob Sikora
Pacific Crest Trail Travelog


Oct. 2 Ben Muddiman, Grad. Student, Looy Lab, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
The combined effects of fire and drought on Mt. Diablo chaparral community


Oct. 9 Marc Jeansen, Keeper, Paris, Natural History Museum Herbariume
The renovation of the French National Herbarium


Oct. 16 Aaron Jenks
Salvia subgenus Calosphace: studies on the ethnobotany and systematics of New World Salvia (added emphasis on the psychoactive S. divinorum)


Oct 23 Tony Verboom, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town


Oct 30 Karina J. Nielsen, Director & Professor of Biology, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University
Blooming bullae in the kelp, Saccharina sessilis: a functional response to mitigate stress in the intertidal zone?


Nov. 6 Carl Rothfels, Curator of Ferns, University and Jepson Herbaria, Assistant Professor Dept. of Integrative Biology
The cosmopolitan fern family Cystopteridaceae (Fragile Ferns, Bulblet Ferns, Oak Ferns, and friends)


Nov. 13 Miko Nadel, Grad. Student, Desjardin Lab, San Francisco State University
Journey to the lichen at the center of the Earth: the Usnea of São Tomé and Príncipe


Nov. 20 Frederica Bowcutt, Botanist, The Evergreen State College
The Tanoak Tree: An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood


Nov. 27 No Botany Lunch Academic and Administrative Holiday


Dec. 4 Tom Carlson, Professor, Dept. of Integrative Biology and Curator of Ethnobotany, University & Jepson Herbaria
The Botany of Urban Foraging


Dec. 11 Cathy Rushworth, Postdoctoral Researcher, University & Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley
Apomixis and hybridization in the mustard genus Boechera