Join the Nature Connection Series at WVU Core Arboretum Tomorrow | Electronic News
The WVU community is invited to attend the Nature Connection Series with talks at WVU Core Arboretum’s Woodland Amphitheater every Tuesday at 6 p.m. through August.
Tomorrow’s speaker is Zach Fowler, Director of the WVU Core Arboretum and Associate Service Professor in the WVU Department of Biology. His speech, titled “There is no place like home? The Floristic Disjunction of East Asia and Eastern North America” will focus on the interesting fact that there are several species of plants that are only native to eastern North America with closest “relatives” who are only from East Asia. These closely related but distant plants often look nearly identical, and parts of China, Russia, and Japan look suspiciously like West Virginia.
We’ll talk about some of these plants, discuss how this may have happened, and learn some of the implications of this floristic disjunction. The value of ginseng and mayapple in various parts of the world, invasive plant species with Asian names, and introduced pathogens and herbivores are all part of the story.
Fowler received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Physics from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. in biology from WVU. In addition to being responsible for maintenance, scheduling, and volunteer coordination at the Arboretum, he teaches plant ecology and flora of West Virginia in the Department of Biology. Fowler also teaches classes and leads natural history and ecology walks at WVU Core Arboretum and for local groups such as WV Master Naturalists, the WV Wildflower Pilgrimage, nature clubs and others.
Nature Connection Series is a series of public lectures by local and regional experts on a variety of nature-related topics at WVU Core Arboretum. This summer, lectures will cover topics such as birds, elk, butterflies as well as trees, geology and more.
Lectures are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. All lectures are held outdoors, so dress for the weather. Discussions will be canceled and rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Free parking is available at the Arboretum parking lot and the adjacent WVU Coliseum parking lot.
The complete schedule will soon be available on the Arboretum website.
The 2022 WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series is supported by the WVU Department of Biology, the WVU Core Arboretum Endowment, and public donations. All contributors are volunteers. WVU Core Arboretum is Morgantown’s place to connect with nature.