NatureServe Network: An Overview of Botanical and Ecological Work to Guide Conservation

“NatureServe Network: An Overview of Botanical and Ecological Work to Guide Conservation”

A (Virtual) Lunchtime Lecture by Dr. Patrick McIntyre and Wesley Knapp (NatureServe)

Join us as ecologist, conservation biologist, and nature enthusiast Dr. Patrick McIntyre and Chief Botanist Wesley Knapp discuss how the conservation non-profit NatureServe provides the scientific basis for effective conservation action.

This 1-hr seminar will include a short Q&A session after the lecture.

Patrick McIntyre stands on a vista, with blue sky, a valley, and mountains in the background. He wears a wide-brim hat and a brown short-sleeve collared shirt.

Dr. Patrick McIntyre serves as Senior Ecologist and Research and Development Manager for Western North America at NatureServe’s Boulder, Colorado office. In this role, Patrick works with conservation partners across western North America, from Alaska to the Yucatan, to further NatureServe’s mission of providing the scientific basis for effective conservation action. Patrick’s areas of focus include the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems, classifying and mapping ecosystems, and improving the availability of biodiversity data for conservation decision making.

In his over 20 years in ecology and conservation, Patrick has worked with the California Natural Heritage Program, the National Park Service, and collaborated on conservation research projects at the University of California Berkeley, San Diego State University, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Patrick has a PhD in ecology from UC Davis and a Master’s in biology from Northern Arizona University, where he studied plant range limits and plant-arthropod interactions.


Dr. Wesley Knapp
Wesley Knapp

Wesley Knapp is the Chief Botanist at NatureServe. Wes has over 20 years of experience working in the NatureServe Network as a Botanist and Ecologist with both the Maryland and North Carolina Natural Heritage Programs. He has extensive field experience across much of the United States with additional fieldwork experience in Australia, Canada, and Central America. His research includes the first examination of the extinct plants of the Untied States and Canada, new plant species discoveries, and treatments of plant groups in various Floras and Manuals. He has also published two books including, Vascular Plants of Maryland, USA: A Comprehensive Account of the State’s Botanical Diversity which is freely available through the Smithsonian Scholarly Press. His research interests include identifying and preventing plant extinction events, describing undescribed plant species, systematics, ecology, and taxonomy. He has a B.S. from Catawba College, a M.S. from Delaware State University, and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Alan Weakley’s lab. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Scientific America.

This virtual seminar will be broadcast using the Zoom platform. Click here to connect to the event. The host will admit you once the event begins. Guests will be muted upon entry to the session. Lecture begins at noon (Central) and includes a chat-based Q&A with the speaker. This event has ended. A recording of the lecture has been posted online with permission from the presenters. Check out past lectures here.



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Aug 02 2022


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Brooke Byerley Best


Brooke Byerley Best