Hybrid Darwin Day Lecture: Quercus Circus: The Biodiversity and Ecological Value of Oaks
with Paul Manos, Professor, Duke University, Department of Biology
moderated by Johnny Randall, NCBG Director of Conservation
Saturday, February 12, 2022
7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Venue: Reeves Auditorium and Virtual
Free; preregistration required
Celebrate Darwin's birthday by joining us for our annual Darwin Day Lecture!
This program will be delivered in a hybrid format.
In-person option: A limited number of seats will be available in the Reeves Auditorium, with masks required indoors. Please register all members of your party separately to ensure we have enough seats.
Virtual option: We will stream the lecture live via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the program.
Oaks are one of the defining tree species in our world, with a long and fascinating history. Charles Darwin considered the nature of oak species to be “a thorny problem”, but new genetic research suggests that we have come to a nuanced understanding of the oak species concept. This seminar will demystify the genus Quercus by walking through the branches of the oak tree of life. You will discover more about the natural history of oaks and the role they serve at the ecosystem level, including how current research aims to shed light on the ecological role of hybridization.
This program will be offered via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to participants in the days leading up to the lecture.