LUNCHBOX Talk: Saving Our Rarest Seeds: Using Conservation, Science, and Partnerships
with Mike Kunz, NCBG Conservation Ecologist
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
From Svalbard Global Seed Vault to NCBG, seeds are protected in seed banks throughout the world. These seed banks hold much of the world’s plant diversity and conduct research on improving the science of seed storage. In this presentation, we will explore the role of seed banks in conservation, learn the science behind the conservation and look at global and regional efforts to seed bank rare taxa, including how NCBG is contributing to saving imperiled plant species in the Southeast.
About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
About the presenter:
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.