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SERC Evening Lecture Series: "Plant Exploration: Its Long History and Modern Relevance"
Dr. Vicky Funk, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (FREE EVENT)
Dr. Funk will discuss expeditions to remote areas to collect specimens, past, present and future: the difficulties and triumphs are rarely known by those outside the field of expeditionary science. But why does she, and other like-minded individuals, still travel to the far corners of the earth in search of rare plants and animals? What do they hope to find and of what use are the things they bring back?
Dr. Funk has been at the Smithsonian since 1981, she is a Senior Research Scientist & Curator - U.S. National Herbarium. She is a specialist in the flowering plant family Compositae (daisies, sunflowers, dandelions, thistles, and sunflowers) and studies their origin and diversification. This large family (25,000 species) is distributed around the world. She is interested in phylogenetic systematics, biogeography and evolution. She also directs a biodiversity program the goal of which is to document, study, and preserve the biodiversity of the Guiana Shield Area (Northeastern South America).
|Where||Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037|
|Next on||This event is over.|
|Time||7:00 pm–8:00 pm|
|Who to bring||College Students, Moms, Dads, Singles, Seniors|
More About Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (known to locals by its acronym, SERC) is a 2,650-acre research center situated on the banks of the Rhode River. SERC is internationally known for its research on riparian habitats and the effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 on plant communities. The center also runs a year-round public education center, offering canoe trips, bird walks and talks by leading scientists.
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