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2024 Botany Speaker Series

The CalBotSoc botany speaker series showcases and promotes the work of early career botanists, as well as other botanists doing extraordinary work. If you are an early career botanist interested in giving a talk of general interest to our members, please contact our Membership Chair. The Society also occasionally invites botanists undertaking extraordinary work in West American botany to present their current project.

Thursday, July 11, 2024 7-8pm PT

Glen Morrison
University of California, Riverside

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Glen Morrison

“Patterns of Genetic and Morphological Variation in Manzanitas”

The manzanitas (genus Arctostaphylos) are an extremely diverse and classically challenging group of woody plants, with a center of diversity in the California Floristic Province. The genus has long attracted attention from California botanists, who have puzzled over the boundaries among species, and have wondered how the genus became so endemically diverse in the CFP. In this talk I present results from a set of studies using morphological or genomic data to assess boundaries among manzanita taxa. Additionally, I present results from a molecular phylogeography study aimed at inferring the biogeographic history of three widespread manzanita species of western North America.

Glen is a botanist with broad interests in the California flora, who is pursuing a career in undergraduate education. Glen completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Cal Poly Pomona in 2017 and received his PhD in Plant Biology in 2023 from UC Riverside, where he studied topics relating to the evolution and diversity of manzanitas.

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2024 Schedule of Talks

11-Jan: Steve Matson, CNPS

8-Feb: Susan Fawcett, University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley

14-Mar: Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Director of Botany Garden and Greenhouse,
University of Wisconsin, Madison

11-Apr: Oscar Vargas, Cal Poly Humboldt

9-May: Michael G. Simpson, Professor Emeritus of Biology at San Diego State University (SDSU) and curator of the SDSU Herbarium:

13-Jun: Rebecca Nelson, UC Davis

11-Jul: Glen Morrison, UC Riverside

8-Aug: Sophie Winitsky, California Botanic Garden

12-Sep: Irene Liao, UCLA

10-Oct: Niveditha Ramadoss, San Diego State University and UC Riverside


12-Dec: Allyssa Richards, UC Riverside

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View Recordings of Past Talks on our YouTube Channel

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