[SOS-PCA] May 9th PCA Meeting

Prescott, Leah lprescott at blm.gov
Mon Apr 30 09:59:06 CDT 2018

**The next Plant Conservation Alliance meeting is on Wednesday, May 9th​​
from 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET.*

The PCA is excited to welcome Gary Krupnick, Head of the Plant Conservation
Department of Botany, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, to
present “The Immense Value of Scientific Collections in Conservation
Research” from 2:00-3:00 pm ET, on May 9th:

Plant and animal specimens, collection data, and library materials are
remarkable and irreplaceable sources of information about biodiversity and
the history of life on Earth. In addition to playing a critical role in
taxonomy, systematics, anatomy, morphology, ethnobiology, and paleobiology,
they serve an important role in conservation biology. For example,
collections can be used to discover and confirm the identity of a species
that it is new to science; provide locality data for conservation
assessments; allow for the documentation of cyclic and seasonal phenomena;
document occurrences of invasive species; provide data on locality change
due to habitat destruction and climate change; provide material for DNA
analysis and conservation genetics; provide material for pollution
documentation; and, serve as a means of locating possibly extinct species
based upon previous locality data. Museums are steeped in a history of
sharing and collaboration, exemplified by their long history of collection
and scientific exchange, which is a culture fit for conservation. This
presentation describes several case studies to illustrate and explore the
way scientific collections have and will continue contributing to
conservation research.

***If you are in the Washington, DC area and would like to attend this
meeting in person, please email Leah Prescott (lprescott at blm.gov <
http://blm.gov>) by COB Friday, May

Join the live WEBINAR:

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Passcode: meeting

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**More about Gary Krupnick**

Gary is a research scientist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of
Natural History, where he heads the Plant Conservation Unit. He studies
plant conservation biology, the use of herbarium specimens to determine
rarity and endangerment of plant species, plant reproduction, and
plant-pollinator interactions. He has conducted conservation assessments of
the flora of Hawaii and the flora of the West Indies. Gary serves on the
steering committees of the North American Orchid Conservation Center and
the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. He is the co-editor of
the book Plant Conservation: A Natural History Approach (University of
Chicago Press; 2005), and serves as the editor of The Plant Press
(newsletter of the U.S. National Herbarium).

Thank you!

Leah Prescott
Bureau of Land Management
Plant Conservation & Restoration Program
Data Coordinator

National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration
Plant Conservation Alliance <http://www.plantconservationalliance.org/>
Seeds of Success
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