“Life of Pollen; reflections on the pollen path from a tropical island paradise,” presented by Donna Vogler, PhD, State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta). Dr. Vogler is an ecologist. Her recent projects with students include Wood Turtles, Invasive Marsh Thistles, county floras, and pollination biology. She is a former Chair of the department and published in journals including the American Journal of Botany, Ecology, and Nature. In this presentation she will focus on the special problems of pollination in Hawaiian plants related to small population sizes, lost pollinators, and introduced animals. Hawaii is considered the most isolated island chain at over 2500 miles from the nearest continental land mass. This isolation, the small size of the islands, and recent invasions of exotic plants and pests have given Hawaii the dubious honor of being the extinction capital of the United States, if not the world.
This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday September 15th in Science I room 121.
About this seminar series: This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.