Virtual Talk: The Origins and Early Evolution of Leaves (online)

Thursday, March 24, 2022

As our "Year of Leaves" continues, the UC Botanical Garden is pleased to host Dr. Jeffrey Benca, Research Associate at the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture and Horticulturist for Amazon’s Horticulture Program in Seattle, Washington, to take us into the deep past, when leaves originated and reshaped terrestrial ecosystems.

This is an online lecture via Zoom.

About the presenter:
Jeffrey P. Benca, Ph.D. is a research associate at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, and a horticulturist for Amazon’s Seattle Spheres in Washington state. His work has ranged from describing and reconstructing early land plants to pioneering cultivation techniques for living early-divergent plant lineages. His dissertation and continued work focuses on developing the field of experimental paleobotany, using studies of modern plants to evaluate proposed drivers of global environmental change in the deep past.