Virtual Talk: Leaves with Sori: The Ferns (online)

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Our "Year of Leaves" theme continues this month as we focus on the fascinating plants that shed spores from their leaves, the wonderful world of ferns. For this Zoom presentation, the Garden is pleased to host Dr. Susan Fawcett, research botanist and fern curator at the University and Jepson Herbaria, as she explains the botany behind these plants, which first appear in the fossil record about 360 million years ago. She'll feature many of the species found in the UC Botanical Garden collection, which holds 310 different taxa from around the world, with an emphasis on leaf morphology.

This is an online lecture via Zoom.

About the presenter:
Susan Fawcett is a research botanist specializing in fern evolution at the University and Jepson Herbaria (UC Berkeley), and a faculty member at the University of Michigan Biological Station, where she teaches field botany and botanical illustration. Her current research is focused on the diversity of the fern family Thelypteridaceae. Susan received her doctoral degree from the University of Vermont where she worked in the Barrington/Sundue Lab.