Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania


 



BSWP Meetings in September and October, 2015

BSWP meetings are now
held in the Ford-Mateer Classroom of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland), starting at 7:15 p.m. Our monthly meetings will resume September 14, 2015.

The entrance to the parking lot, which is gated, is just past the Museum at the intersection of Forbes and Craig Street. The Ford-Mateer Classroom is reached through the Portal Entry in the rear parking lot area. Once inside the building, the room is located just beyond the Security desk on the left. In addition to the Museum parking lot, which costs $5, there are metered spaces on Forbes Avenue opposite the Museum. From there you will cross the street and walk through the right side of the gates to the parking lot. Continue on the sidewalk to the rear of the building where you will see the sign for "Portal Entry" ahead.


September 14, 2015 Meeting
Speaker: Brandon T. Sinn
Talk Title: “Fungal Mimicking Appalachian Asarum: an overview of their evolution and delimitation.”
 
Brandon earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Youngstown State University under the direction of Carl Chuey and Ian Renne. He has since been a PhD student under John Freudenstein in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. He uses molecular and morphological data to better resolve the phylogenetic relationships, species boundaries, and evolutionary consequences of life history and ecological interactions of flowering plants.

October 12, 2015 Meeting
Speaker: Zach Falck
Talk Title: “Where the Wildflowers Were: How a Few Botanists, Ecologists, Gardeners, and Other Nature-conscious Americans Viewed Twentieth-century American Cities”

Zach Falck will discuss some of the many ways that wild plants were enjoyed and were disliked over many decades of urban expansion and development. While the most fascinating botanical specimens and the most wonderful ecological habitats may have been found outside of urban areas, plant life and ecological niches abounded inside cities as well. Falck’s talk will focus on some of the scientists, gardeners, and colorful personalities who were aware of the nature to be found around them, whether outside their door, down the street or another side of town. Their interests in plant life permit some interesting perspectives on a century of urban environmental change, and even some sustainability projects underway in Pittsburgh.

After earning a PhD in history at Carnegie Mellon University, Falck has taught courses in environmental history, historiography, the history of technology, and urban history at Washington University in St. Louis, Point Park University, and Carnegie Mellon University.


Pennsylvania Botany Grasses Identification Workshop — Register Now

Thursday, August 20, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Terry Wentz Education Center
Canoe Creek State Park
Canoe Creek Road
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania 16648

Are you looking to demystify the challenging world of grass identification? This one-day workshop designed with consultants, natural resource professionals, and students in mind is for you! Join instructor Sarah Chamberlain, Botanist and Acting Curator of the PSU Herbarium, to learn skills necessary to identify this difficult group of plants using diagnostic characters and botanical keys. The workshop will consist of both classroom sessions and fieldwork, as well as detailed examination of fresh plant specimens.

To register, follow this link. Space is limited. For more workshop information, go to the Pennsylvania Botany website.




BSWP Field Trips
More to come soon!


Pennsylvania Botany Grasses Identification Workshop — Register Now

Thursday, August 20, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Terry Wentz Education Center
Canoe Creek State Park
Canoe Creek Road
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania 16648

Are you looking to demystify the challenging world of grass identification? This one-day workshop designed with consultants, natural resource professionals, and students in mind is for you! Join instructor Sarah Chamberlain, Botanist and Acting Curator of the PSU Herbarium, to learn skills necessary to identify this difficult group of plants using diagnostic characters and botanical keys. The workshop will consist of both classroom sessions and fieldwork, as well as detailed examination of fresh plant specimens.

To register, follow this link. Space is limited. For more workshop information, go to the Pennsylvania Botany website.