California's Iconic Flora

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Instructor: Dr. Matt Ritter

Location: Blaksley Library

California's Iconic Flora @ $0.00

There are more than 5,000 native species in California - one in five of which are now rare or endangered. Author Matt Ritter, professor of botany at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, will take attendees on a visual “tour” through the state's most iconic flora in a lecture based on his new book, California Plants. A richly illustrated field guide to the state's spectacular native plants, the book also seeks to raise awareness of the unique beauty that's at risk.

California Governor Jerry Brown writes in the book's foreword, “Matt Ritter teaches us to better understand how our future is linked to that of all other living things: our soil, our microbiota, and our wonderful and indomitable native plants.”

Matt will use his beautiful photographs, insight, and humor to share the natural history of California's fascinating plants. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Author

Dr. Matt RitterDr. Matt Ritter grew up in rural Mendocino County, California. After earning a bachelor's degree in microbiology from U.C. Santa Barbara, he attended U.C. San Diego for a Ph.D. in plant biology. He's a botany professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, where he lives with his wife and two children. He's the author of several books, including a new guide to California's flora, California Plants: A guide to our Iconic Flora (www.pacificstreetpublishing.com). He wrote the funniest and best-selling guide to California's urban forest, A Californian's Guide to the Trees among Us (Heyday, 2011). His writing has appeared in several magazines, including a regular column on tree diversity in Pacific Horticulture. He won the Cal Poly Excellence in Teaching Award and the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture Award for Excellence in Education. He studies California's native plants and trees that escape cultivation, particularly Eucalyptus. He's an avid woodworker, mason, and gardener.

Category: 
Book Signings
Botany/Natural History
Conservation/Restoration
Free