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Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Conserving Gray's Lily (Lilium grayi) through Genetic Diversity Analysis Demographic Monitoring

with Ben Brewer, Master's Student, Appalachian State University; Matt Estep, Assistant Professor of Biology, Appalachian State University

The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST

Location: Zoom webinar

Fee: Free, $5 suggested fee


One of our state’s biological treasures (Gray’s Lily) is disappearing from the landscape for a variety of reasons. We are working to collect demographic and genetic data across the species range to help inform conservation action to save this unique Southern Appalachian species.


This talk is paired with an upcoming excursion to the Tater Hill Plant Preserve on Saturday, June 18. Learn more and register here!



The North Carolina Botanical Garden has partnered with the Friends of Plant Conservation to offer several excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some of our state's rarest plants and natural areas. 




Registration open through 5/26/2022 11:50 AM

About the Speaker

Ben Brewer is a graduate student pursuing his Master’s degree at Appalachian State University. He began working in Dr. Estep’s lab during his junior year, meeting and falling in love with Gray’s Lily the following summer. He completed an undergraduate honors thesis collecting demographic data on Gray’s Lily which has grown into his current Master’s project. Ben is seeking a career in conservation of rare plants.

Matt Estep, Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Biology at Appalachian State University. His research team focuses on the genetics of rare and endangered plants in Western North Carolina. Dr. Estep is also the preserve steward for the Tater Hill Plant Preserve.

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This Virtual Lunchbox Talk will be offered via Zoom Webinar. Information for accessing the event will be distributed the week of the talk.