Botany Washington 2017 - Evening Speakers
Evening Programs at Botany Washington 2017
Friday evening Dr. David Tank, Associate Professor at University of Idaho will present on his research into the taxonomy and evolutionary history of the Orobanchaceae (broomrape family). Dave has done extensive field work throughout western North America as part of his research and is an internationally recognized authority on the family.
On Saturday evening Dr. Susan Waters, Rare Species Ecologist for the Center for Natural Lands Management, will present on her research on the pollination ecology and recovery of native butterflies and other pollinators throughout the South Sound Prairies.
Dave Tank, Ph.D. - Associate Professor,
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho
Dave is a molecular plant systematist who uses DNA-based studies to understand patterns of diversification in flowering plants from the species to the family levels. Dave's research, along with the graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in his lab, primarily focuses on understanding diversification in the genus Castilleja (paintbrush) and other genera in the Orobanchaceae Family (broomrape family). Collectively their research has taken them as far north as Alaska and as far south as Ecuador and Peru. Dave earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Botany from Michigan State University, his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Washington, and was a post-doctoral researcher at Yale University before joining the University of Idaho faculty in 2008.
Susan Waters, Ph.D. - Conservation Biologist,
Center for Natural Lands Management
Susan's work at Center for Natural Lands Management focuses on the recovery of native butterflies and pollinators throughout the South Sound Prairies. Susan’s work includes helping with the recovery and reintroduction of endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies with the goal of defining habitat requirements and creating conditions necessary for re-establishment and persistence of multiple populations of this special butterfly. She earned her B.A. in Ecology from Hampshire College, her M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education at the University of Massachusetts, and her doctorate in Ecology from the University of Washington.
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