Orchids, bromeliads, lianas and parasitic plants – all are most diverse in the tropics. Botanists have puzzled for decades as to why the tropics are so rich in species. This lecture highlights the tremendous diversity found in tropical rainforests and examines some of the evolutionary mechanisms that have led to such astonishing diversity. This lecture is an introduction into one of the most important drivers in evolution. Hint: It’s all about the competition.
- Tuesday, March 21
- 1 – 2 pm; FGCU Kapnick Center Buehler Auditorium at Naples Botanical Garden
- $15 Members / $20 Non-Members
Scott Zona of Miami, Florida, is a botanist and horticulturist specializing in tropical plants from around the world. Scott’s early interest in the natural world, plants in particular, led quite naturally to a B.S. degree in Plant Science (Horticulture) from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Botany from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Botany from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and the Claremont Graduate University. He has studied under some of the biggest names in botany and has explored for plants in the western Pacific, Indonesia, Malaysia, Madagascar, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central American, and the USA. Scott has published over 100 scientific articles and scores of popular articles in national and international magazines and journals. He is co-author of the 2nd edition of “The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms” published in 2012 by Timber Press. He currently is the co-editor of PALMS, the quarterly journal of the International Palm Society.
Registration for Lifelong Learning programs can be completed in these ways:
- Register in person at the Chabraja Visitors Center
- For questions or to register by phone call 239.643.7275 during business hours
- Register by email LLL@naplesgarden.org during non-business hours by leaving contact information and the program(s) of interest and someone will return your call within 2 business days
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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.