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Regional Botany Special Lecture - Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth

Farnsworth, Elizabeth  [1].

Discovering and Teaching About New England’s Diverse Flora.

The plants of New England grow at the crossroads of boreal, maritime, and southern climates and their habitats have been shaped by the region’s unique geology and glacial history. Although many famous botanists have been documenting plants in the region for centuries, we still have much to learn about our rich flora. A vibrant collaboration – the New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP) – has sprung up among universities, conservation organizations, and amateur and professional botanists who monitor rare plants, conduct ecological research, undertake habitat management, watch for invasive species, and continually discover new finds. I will provide a broad overview of the biogeographical and historical forces influencing New England’s flora. I will discuss how many of the programs fostered by NEPCoP and the New England Wild Flower Society have enhanced both scientific knowledge and public appreciation for plants. Finally, I will introduce an exciting new initiative – the comprehensive on-line Flora of New England and its educational component, Go-Botany! With this project, the New England Wild Flower Society – the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to plant conservation – is developing 21st century tools to inspire and inform a new generation of botanists.

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New England Wildflower Society

1 - New England Wild Flower Society, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA, 01701, USA

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Presentation Type: Special Presentation
Session: S4
Location: Ballroom D/Convention Center
Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM
Number: S4001
Abstract ID:46

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