Course Details

Rare Plant Ecology and Conservation

with Johnny Randall, NCBG Director of Conservation; Mike Kunz, NCBG Conservation Ecologist


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Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27 (inclement weather date: February 3); 1:00-4:00pm

This FOUR session course is intended for a broad audience and covers the concepts and practices of rare plant conservation and recovery. From the tops of the Smoky Mountains to the coastal dunes, North Carolina is home to many rare plant species, each with its own story. The primary focus is on rare plants of North Carolina with additional examples from the southeastern United States. Through lectures, discussions, and the study of selected flora, this course examines the causes of plant rarity, conservation strategies and the ethics of certain conservation practices.

Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members).

Capacity: Limit 27

Johnny Randall received his B.A. in biology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in botany at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  For a total of ten years, Johnny was a faculty member at Salem College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of North Florida.  Johnny joined the North Carolina Botanical Garden in 1998 as assistant director for conservation and is also adjunct faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.  His training and research interests are in plant reproductive ecology, rare plant biology, and conservation biology.  At the NCBG Johnny oversees the conservation and management of natural areas and administers rare plant programs.  Johnny also serves on numerous boards and advisory committees and is the current president of the North Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Michael Kunz is the Conservation Ecologist at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999 and is currently pursuing a PhD in plant ecology from UNC Chapel Hill.  Since joining NCBG in 2005, he has worked on the management of natural areas and the ex situ conservation and restoration of imperiled plants.  Michael’s interest is in the ecology, reintroduction, and phylogeography of rare plant species.



Registration open through 1/5/2016 11:59 PM EST


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