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 Spring 2020. Please contact Brent Mishler if you are interested in giving a talk.


Fall 2019 schedule
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Aug. 23  Dan Gates, post-doc, Ross-Ibarra Lab, Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis
     Environmental and population genomic analysis of large-scale maize common gardens reveals the genetic basis of local adaptation in maize landraces.


Aug. 30  Cathy Rushworth, post-doc, Ross-Ibarra Lab, Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis
     Ecological and evolutionary consequences of mate choice in wild plant populations.


Sep. 6  Kabir Peay, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Stanford University.
     Global patterns and drivers in the association between plants and symbiotic microbes.


Sep. 13  Julie Allen, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno.
     Spatial phylogenetics of Florida plants and Andean birds - a methodological discussion.


Sep. 20  Nancy Morin, Vice President for Business and Development, Flora of North America Association, Point Arena, California.
     Nemacladus, the next chapter.


Sep. 27  Carl Rothfels, Curator, University and Jepson Herbaria, and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley.
     Inferring the timeline of vascular plant evolution.


Oct. 4  Allyson Greenlon, Public Programs Coordinator, Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley.
     House plant botany: the inside scoop on your photosynthetic housemates.


Oct. 11  OPEN


Oct. 18  Ben Muddiman, PhD student, Looy Lab (IB), University of California, Berkeley.
     Paleowildfire in the Pennsylvanian Epoch: a coal ball based meta-analysis


Oct. 25  Kyle Rosenblad, PhD student, Ackerly Lab (IB), University of California, Berkeley.
     Climate change and insular endemics.

             Louise Barton, PhD student, Ackerly Lab (IB), University of California, Berkeley.
     Fine-scale local adaptation along an altitudinal gradient in a coevolved plant-pollinator species pair.


Nov. 1  Shuo Shi, Lecturer, Hebei Normal University, China; visiting scholar, Mishler lab (IB), University of California, Berkeley.
     TBA ....


Nov. 8  Danica T. Harbaugh Reynaud, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, BriteScan, LLC.
     Real-World Botany: Application of AI and DNA Methods for Herb and Spice Authentication.


Nov. 15  Oscar Vargas Hernandez, post-doc, Kay Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz.
     What woody daisies, spiral gingers, and the Brazil nut family can tell us about speciation in the Neotropics.


Nov. 22  Susan Fawcett, PhD student, Barrington Lab, University of Vermont.
     Systematics and Biogeography of the Thelypteridaceae.


Nov. 29  No Botany Lunch - Academic and Administrative Thanksgiving Holiday


Dec. 6  Roxy Cruz, PhD student, Dawson Lab (IB), University of California, Berkeley.
     Cloud-water availability and its role in plant hydraulic strategies and species distribution along a Costa Rican tropical montane elevation gradient.


Dec. 13  Chris Hobbs, Director, Institute for Natural Product Research.
     More precious than gold—the parasitic fungus Cordyceps. Traditional uses, systematics, pharmacognosy, and widespread adulteration in world trade.