News and Highlights
Botany Seminar Series
The NMNH Department of Botany seminar series features guest speakers presenting their current research. Topics range from taxonomy, evolution, and systematics to plant ecology and conservation biology. All seminars are held on Thursdays at 2pm Eastern (unless otherwise noted). If you are interested in receiving notices of upcoming seminars and web links to the virtual presentations, subscribe to the Botany Seminar email list by sending your name, affiliation, and email address to Gary Krupnick.
October 28, 2021 - Dr. Joyce Chery (Cornell University): How vines do the twist: From macroevolutionary patterns to cell wall biology
November 4, 2021 - Dr. Sarah Mathews (Louisiana State University): A molecular phylogeny for living cycads: Finding useful information to infer phylogeny in a taxon-limited, ancient plant lineage
December 2, 2021 - Dr. Chris Pine (New York Botanical Garden): Title TBA
December 9, 2021 - Dr. Blaine Marchant (Stanford University): Title TBA
February 3, 2022 - Dr. Jun Wen (National Museum of Natural History): Title TBA
February 10, 2022 - Dr. Lúcia Lohmann (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil): Untangling the history of Neotropical biodiversity: The big picture
February 24, 2022 - Dr. Emily Sessa (University of Florida): Title TBA
The 18th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, 13-14 May 2021, explored plant symbioses
The 18th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, “Plant symbiosis: The good, the bad, and the complicated,” was held 13-14 May 2021. This symposium was held in a virtual setting and was spread over two days. A summary write-up of the symposium is available in the Botany Department newsletter, The Plant Press, and a recording of the symposium is available on YouTube.
The 19th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium is scheduled to take place at the National Museum of Natural History and the U.S. Botanic Garden on Friday, May 13, 2022. The topic is yet to be determined.
Women of the United States National Herbarium
Historically, botany has been one of the few attainable fields in science for women, most commonly in the areas of scientific illustration and field collection (assisting male botanists who oftentimes were their husbands). In the US National Herbarium, women have figured prominently. Here we spotlight many of our best from past and present.
Plants Are Cool Too!
Chris Martine's series "Plants are Cool Too" presents a behind the scenes in Kauai to look at how the National Tropical Botanical Garden is leading the charge to save rare plants and protect tropical biodiversity. In a second episode, a group of passionate plant people are working to save some of the rarest plants on the archipelago -- and tell us why we need a new generation of biodiversity lovers to help battle the extinction crisis. Our own Warren Wagner is spotlighted in this series.
Newsletter -- The Plant Press is the quarterly newsletter from the Department of Botany and the U.S. National Herbarium. The purpose of The Plant Press is to provide information about the activities of the Department. Included are articles about staff research and travel, visitors, new publications, and plant conservation highlights.