The Botanical Garden’s virtual lecture series continues on August 19 and September 16

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Kylie Etter will discuss “Insect Decline in the Present and Future Caused by Human Impacts” as part of the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden’s online lecture series.

Two online lectures remain in the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden’s Summer 2022 Virtual Lecture Series, which explores the research and conservation work of leading researchers and garden staff on biodiversity, climate change and plants, California native birds and insects.

Registration is now open for the August 19 and September 16 talks, both held online from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost for the public is $12 and $10 for garden members. Once registered, participants receive an email with a Zoom link. To register, see the links below.

“Climate Change and Drought Extremes: A Critical Perspective from Ancient Trees in California” will be presented on August 19 by Dr. Daniel Griffin, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. How is California’s extreme drought related to climate change and human activities? What can we learn about past and future climate using tree rings from California’s old-growth forests?

Dr. Zach Phlilips, a terrestrial invertebrate conservation ecologist, will present “Invasion Biology Research Update”.

Dr. Griffin, a dendrochronologist (scientist who studies tree rings), makes the connection between humans, climate change, extreme drought and native plants in the Golden State. To register, visit sbbotanicgarden.org/classes-events/summer-virtual-lecture-series-august-19.

Three topics will be presented by the garden staff on September 16. To register, visit sbbotanicgarden.org/classesevents/summer-virtual-lecture-series-sept-16.

“Insect Declines in the Present and Future Caused by Human Impacts” presented by Kylie Etter, conservation technician, focuses on what insects contribute to the environment, how they are affected by human environmental impacts and climate change (in particular their present and future decline), and his ongoing projects in the garden.

Keith Nevison, Director of Operations and Horticulture, will explore the role of native plant cultivars (products of plant breeding) called nativars in an ecological landscape.

“What role do native plant cultivars (Nativars) have in an ecological landscape?” by Keith Nevison, Director of Operations and Horticulture, explores the role of native plant cultivars (products of plant breeding) called nativars in an ecological landscape. He shares his master’s research on the Phlox genus and explains why nativars should or should not be used in ecological landscaping.

“Invasion Biology Research Update” by Dr. Zach Phillips, a terrestrial invertebrate conservation ecologist, focuses on an invasive species that is the focus of his current research and the relationship between invasion biology and climate change. climatic

For more information, visit www.sbbotanicgarden.org.

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Angela C. Hale