Fourth Annual Paul Buck Memorial Lecture: "Plant Conservation in the 21st Century"
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Biological Science Seminar at the University of Tulsa
For the fourth annual Paul Buck Memorial Lecture, the Department of Biological Science enthusiastically welcomes Dr. Pamela Soltis to present a lecture entitled "Plant Conservation in the 21st Century". Pamela Soltis is curator of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. Her scholarly work has focused on the use of molecular evidence to reconstruct the patterns of plant evolution. In particular, Soltis has contributed significantly to our understanding of the evolution of the flowering plants. Furthermore, Soltis is one of the principal investigators for the Floral Genome Project which examines the origin, conservation, and diversification of those genes involved in floral development. She has been instrumental in curating the plant branch of the Tree of Life Web project. This collaborative effort of biologists from around the world provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their evolutionary history and characteristics.
Active in her profession, Soltis has served as president of the Botanical Society of America and of the Society of Systematic Biologists. She has also served on the councils of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Plant Taxon-omists, and the American Genetics Association.
Among her honors are the Centennial Award from the Botanical Society, a Mellon Faculty Fellowship, a Fulbright Distinguished Professor Award and a Research Professorship from the University of Florida Research Foundation.
Dr. Soltis earned a bachelor’s degree from Central College, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas.
The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday April 17th at 7:00 PM in Helmerich Hall Room 219 on the University of Tulsa campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.