LUNCHBOX Talk: Invasive Plants are NOT for the Birds
with Johnny Randall, NCBG Director of Conservation
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The co-evolutionary relationship between birds and the dispersal of fleshy fruits has gone bad. The bird/plant mutualism benefits multitudes of plants (for the effective dispersal of fruits/seeds) and birds (that receive a nutritious “reward”). Non-native plants (both invasive and benign) have “spoiled” this relationship by facilitating invasive plant spread, competing with native plants for fleshy fruit dispersal, and altering bird nutrition. Randall will discuss the relationship between these separate but related phenomena for some of the common and incipient invasive plants in our region.
About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
About the presenter:
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.