CNPS Channel Islands Meeting (May)

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Instructor: Jon E. Keeley

Location: Blaksley Library

Join the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter for their monthly meeting.

7:00pm general announcements
7:30pm talk begins

FREE. No registration required.

This Month

Characters of Arctostaphylos

In studies of the genus Arctostaphylos, we have been struck by the fascinating stories surrounding taxonomists who have played roles in the development of our current understanding of the group. These seldom told stories reveal a fascinating history of a highly competitive race to name manzanitas and the more personal side of these personalities. In addition to providing insights into these taxonomists, they provide a combination of humor and lessons on the value of competition versus collaboration.

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Jon E. Keeley, is Senior ST research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, adjunct professor at UCLA, former program director at the National Science Foundation, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, lifetime member of the California Botanical Society and fellow of the Ecological Society of America. He has spent sabbaticals in all five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. His research includes ecological life history strategies of plants from fire-prone ecosystems, fire-stimulated seed germination, invasive species, taxonomy and history of Arctostaphylos, and biochemical pathways of photosynthesis in vernal pool plants. His current research is focused on climate change impacts on future fire regimes. He has over 400 publications, which have garnered more than 20,000 citations. He is senior author of a 2012 Cambridge University Press book Fire in Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management.