Bee Orchids challenge our perception of the nature of species


Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh


Dr Richard Bateman


Thursday, 16 October, 2014 - 17:30

Lecture: Bee Orchids challenge our perception of the nature of species, by Dr Richard Bateman, Independent plant scientist. All welcome, free entry.

Although the species constitutes the basic currency of all biological studies, no consensus has yet emerged regarding how best to define, and subsequently circumscribe, species. The remarkable European bee orchids will be used as a case-study to illustrate how these fundamental issues have profound consequences, both theoretical and practical.

Richard Bateman began his career as a technician in a soil science laboratory and an amateur orchid enthusiast, before completing a palaeobotanical doctorate and occupying post-doctoral positions on both sides of the Atlantic. He spent a rewarding six-year period at The Botanics, first as a senior researcher and later as Director of Science, before briefly leading the former Department of Botany at the London Natural History Museum. Having seemingly retired by accident, he continues to publish on orchids and fossil plants, fulfilling nebulous roles as a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading and a remote satellite of Kew Gardens.

Tea and coffee will be available from 5.00 pm, in the Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR.


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