Summer Sips: Intergalactic Plant Interactions

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Lortie

Location: Blakesley Library

Space available. Please register at the door.


A long time ago in a desert far, far away...

positive plant interactions have become a pivotal concept in better understanding the dynamics of natural communities. In particular, shrubs in arid and semi-arid regions globally, and certainly within California, provide an anchor for many other species including other plants, animals, and insects. The important and likely diverse functions of shrubs within these ecosystems are relatively unexplored. Positive interactions associated with these foundation species will serve as 'the force' for restoration and management for years to come provided the needed ecology is studied.

Dr. Christopher Lortie

Dr. Christopher LortieChris is an integrative scientist with expertise in community theory, sociology, and quantitative methods. Collaboration and networks are central to his research both conceptually and internationally. As such, his empirical research involves biogeographical comparisons of many forms of community dynamics (plants, animals, & people). A significant component of his current environmental science research includes restoration & management. Chris actively pursues new challenges and creative opportunities in science. He has published over 200 scholarly products to date including 120 peer-reviewed publications, 51 datasets, 38 non-refereed conference proceedings, 6 book chapters, and numerous open-science products such as slide decks, figures, videos, and blog commentaries. Chris has also been a distinguished visiting professor in Japan, France, Spain, and South America. Publicly, he has spoken at GLIMPSES and other conferences associated with open science, synthesis, big data, and the value of putting ecology (and humanity) into the work we do in other human pursuits outside science. He is an Associate Professor at York University in Canada and a Research Associate at NCEAS. He is the Editor in Chief of Oikos for all formal synthesis papers, and an editor for PLOSONE, PeerJ, Gigascience, and Nature Scientific Data.

June 18 Winery Sponsor

Thanks to Deep Sea by Conway Family Wines for sponsoring this month's Summer Sips.Image of Deep Sea, Conway Family Wines

Owners: Gillian Conway
Location: Deep Sea Tasting Room, 217 G. Sterns Wharf (upstairs)
Open noon - 8pm daily
(805) 618-1185

  • Deep Sea tasting room is the only winery tasting room in the world with 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Although they produce many varietals, Deep Sea gets its name from the grapes grown in coastal vineyards used for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs. They are facinated by cool climate wines, and strive to showcase the Pacific Ocean's impact on viticulture and winemaking in this area, specifically Santa Barbara County.
  • They produce two labels, Deep Sea, and Conway.

Summer Sips Series Sponsor

Whole Foods Market logo

Thanks to Whole Foods for sponsoring this year's Summer Sips Series.

Each lecture will include a unique tasting menu showcasing Whole Foods' new selections that pair well with the wine being poured and match the theme of that evening's lecture.

2016 Summer Sips: Wine & Cheese botanical lecture series

Purchase a series pass for a discount

Each lecture begins with delicious appetizers, a wine tasting, and conversation with one of our local sponsoring vintners in the Garden’s Courtyard. 

  • Lectures are held in the Blaksley Library
  • Attendance is limited, please reserve early
  • Consider introducing a friend to the Garden by inviting them to join you for a Summer Sips event. Tickets are fully transferable

May 28: Illustrating the Catalina Flora
Linda Vorobik, Ph.D., Botanist and Illustrator, Washington
Winery: Grassini Family Vineyards

June 18: Intergalactic Plant Interactions
Christopher Lortie, Ph.D., Integrative Ecologist, York University, Toronto
Winery: Deep Sea by Conway Family Wines

July 16: Why Care About Rare Plants?
Heather Schneider, Ph.D., Rare Plant Biologist
Winery: Derby Wine Estates

August 20: So a Plant Walks into a Bar...
Matt Kay, Ph.D., Botany Professor, Santa Barbara City College
Winery: Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

September 17: A Celebration of Condors
Estelle Sandhaus, Ph.D., Director of Conservation & Research at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Winery: Captain's Reserve

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