Wednesday, April 26, 2023 | 6:30 p.m.
Extinction rates are expected to increase in the near future, yet we have a poor understanding of what plants have already gone extinct and the reasons for these extinctions. Every extinction is a conservation failure and identifying the reasons for past extinction events may help us prevent future extinctions. Of the 65 plant taxa believed extinct from the continental United States and Canada, 4 were endemic to Florida, with 2 being global single-site endemics. Each of these Florida extinctions will be discussed in detail.
Lecturer Bio: Wesley Knapp is the Chief Botanist at NatureServe, a leading biodiversity conservation non-profit in the United States. NatureServe leverages the power of science, data, and technology to guide biodiversity conservation and stewardship. Wes has over 20 years of experience working in the NatureServe Network as a Botanist and Ecologist with both the Maryland and North Carolina Natural Heritage Programs. His research interests include identifying and preventing plant extinction events, describing undescribed plant species, systematics, ecology, and taxonomy. He has a B.S. from Catawba College, a M.S. from Delaware State University, and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Alan Weakley’s lab. His work has been featured in New York Times, the Washington Post, and the PBS NewsHour.
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