Botany Spotlight: Island Biology
Registration for this class is closed.
Flora and fauna of islands fascinate biologists worldwide and throughout time. Native island plants and animals evolve in isolation and develop unique traits that are not shared by their continental family members. And they raise many fascinating questions, such as how did these life forms ever reach remote islands in the first place? And why are there so many finches in the Galapagos and lobeliads in Hawaii? Find out why studying plants and animals from islands have helped develop the fields of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, and why they’re so much fun to study! This class will include examples from BRIT archive collections and current research from the Research team.
Instructor: Kimberly Shay joined the BRIT staff in October 2019 as the Press Coordinator and Assistant Editor, managing press fulfillment and assisting with publications. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kim completed degrees in Biology and Bioinformatics at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Her MS in Botany (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology concentration) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa focused on pollination ecology and reproduction of Hawaiian coastal plants, focusing on Jacquemontia sandwicensis.
Thursday, June 3, 2021 (noon – 1 pm)
Registration Deadline: May 31
Location: This class will take place online; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password
Can’t attend the live class? If you pre-register, you will be sent a link to the class recording (available for a limited time only) which you can view when convenient.