Events

Mosses and Liverworts of Abernethy - Field Meeting

Location

Abernethy, Perth

Leaders

David Chamberlain and Alistair Godfrey

Date

Sat, 29/04/2017 - 10:30

This meeting is held jointly with the Perthshire Society of Natural Science.

As this is a field meeting which will involve some walking over rough ground, please wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing. A hand lens would be useful and bring a packed lunch.


Lecture: An eye for eyebrights: using genetic data to understand hybridisation and parasitism in British Euphrasia

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Alex Twyford (University of Edinburgh)

Date

Thu, 20/04/2017 - 18:00

Eyebrights (Euphrasia) are a fascinating group of parasitic plants that show remarkable diversity in their ecology, mating system, and ploidy, yet remain understudied due to their taxonomic complexity. Here, I give insights into the nature of species differences in Euphrasia, by presenting results from a common garden study, and also large-scale genomic sequencing of UK-wide populations. I show that while some taxa retain their morphological distinctiveness, others show dramatic morphological changes when grown with different hosts, and this phenotypic plasticity blurs species boundaries. Genomic data in part clarify taxonomic boundaries, though little evidence exists for localised species being clearly distinguishable genetic units.

Alex Twyford is an evolutionary geneticist interested in the ecology and evolution of plants. He did his PhD at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) on speciation in Begonia, before postdoctoral research on Mimulus at Syracuse University. He is now a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and a Research Associate at the RBGE, working on parasitic Euphrasia.

The lecture will commence at 18:00 h. Tea available from 17:30.


Caryophyllales: Unusual adaptations to extreme environments

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Sam Brockington - University of Cambridge

Date

Thu, 09/03/2017 - 18:00

The plant order Caryophyllales are well recognised for survival in extreme environments, including the evolution of Cactaceae in deserts,


Lecture in St Andrews: Natural Capital

Location

University of St Andrews

Leaders

Professor Rosemary Hails, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford

Date

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 19:30

This lecture is held jointly with the Friends of St Andrews Botanic Garden.


Lecture: Non-native plants in Scotland: does current action match the risk?

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Robin Payne

Date

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 18:00

Concerns about the impact of non-native plant species have hit the headlines in recent years.


Lecture: Genetics of Scots Pine and its associated species

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Joan Cottrell

Date

Thu, 12/01/2017 - 18:00

Informed conservation of Scots pine at a European and a Scottish scale


Portals & Apps: Exploring the Future of Environmental Science

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Philip Taylor

Date

Thu, 15/12/2016 - 18:00

It's 2050 and drones are busy whizzing around the earth recording and analysing every plant and animal on the ground. Well, maybe...


The Endemic Flora of Chile

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Martin Gardner

Date

Thu, 17/11/2016 - 18:00

Martin Gardner, RBGE, will tell us about the endemic flora of Chile.


Lecture at Perth Museum: Wild Plants in Wild Places - Botanising on Ben Lawers and Glencoe

Location

Perth Museum Library

Leaders

Dan Watson, Killin

Date

Wed, 09/11/2016 - 19:30

Wild Plants in Wild Places - Botanising on Ben Lawers and Glencoe. This is a joint lecture with the Perth Society of Natural Science. The lecture will be held in the Library Room in Perth Museum and Art Gallery at 7.30 pm, with tea and coffee after the lecture.


Observations on the botany of towns and cities by London's ecologist

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Professor David Goode

Date

Thu, 20/10/2016 - 18:00

Award-winning ecologist and author David Goode has an international reputation for his work on urban ecology and was at the heart of biodiversity issues in London for many years as Director of the London Ecology Unit and Head of Environment at the Greater London Authority.


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