Meetings

The Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) holds Bi-Monthly Meetings that are an open forum for anyone interested or working in plant conservation. Meetings are held every other month in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with an option to join online.

Each meeting features a speaker from the plant conservation community. In addition, there is a roundtable for attendees to share relevant events, as well as updates from each of the PCA working groups and committees. Regular attendees include representatives from the PCA Federal agencies and from Cooperating organizations; however anyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

NEXT MEETING: March 13, 2019. Chris Martine (Bucknell University) will present “Plants are Cool, Too: #SciComm, media relations, and a botanist on Mars” from 2:00-3:00pm ET. Attend in-person at the National Museum of Natural History or via webinar on YouTube Live (details below). A general PCA meeting will follow the presentation from 3-4pm ET.
 

Presentation abstract: Using case studies based on recent attempts to promote new scientific findings through multiple types/tiers of media, this talk will present strategies that any biodiversity professional might employ when hoping to spread the word about (and engage the public in) their research outcomes. While taking on the job of promoting your own work might seem like a daunting (or even painful) task, the payoffs ideally include: a) Increased reads and/or citations; b) Expanding the reach and impact of your work; and d) Building public enthusiasm for biodiversity science/protection/conservation.
 
Attend in-person: This meeting will be held at the National Museum of Natural History, please contact Gary Krupnick at least 2 days before the meeting to RSVP (krupnick@si.edu). Guests must arrive by 1:45pm in the Constitution Ave lobby of NMNH to be escorted to the meeting room.
 
Attend by webinar:
This meeting will be broadcast on YouTube Live via this link.
 
To call in, please use this conference line:

Call-in Number: 1-877-414-1336
Call-in Passcode: 6177335#
 
More about Chris Martine, David Burpee Professor of Plants Genetics at Bucknell University and Research & Director of the Manning Herbarium:
Chris spent his childhood tromping through the woodlots and culverted streams of suburban New Jersey. By the time he was a teenager he had memorized a handful of Golden Guides, but it wasn’t until a few years later, as a first-gen college student, that he realized a person could “do nature” as a career. A significant focus of his life since then has centered on a desire to a) Discover cool stuff and b) Tell people about it. Chris actively engages non-science audiences across multiple outlets, including as host/producer of the YouTube series “Plants are Cool, Too!” He has published on the systematics, ecology, and taxonomy of a number of plant groups, with much of his last 15 years focused on Australian "bush tomatoes" in the genus Solanum as well as the flora of the Northeast.
 

Future Meetings

May 8, 2019 - speaker and location TBD

July 10, 2019 - speaker and location TBD

September 11, 2019 - speaker and location TBD

November 13, 2019 - speaker and location TBD

Previous Meetings

November 14, 2018 - the PCA welcomed Doug Tallamy, Mary Phillips, John Rowden, and Judy Venonsky as panelists (Moderated by Casey Sclar) on “Identifying and addressing information gaps in plant databases to support emerging planting design technologies promoting biodiversity and ecological benefits”. ABSTRACT: Technological advancements, including databases, websites, and intuitive parametric design apps, show great promise to assist landscape professionals and home gardeners alike with simplifying the planting design process. However, information gaps need to be addressed in order to optimize the emerging data tools, particularly when it comes to selecting the most useful and available plants to enhance ecosystem services and sustainable design. Much great work has already been achieved through development of the national databases of the Biota of North America Project (BONAP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) PLANTS, NatureServe, and the Ecoregional Revegetation Application (ERA). This panel discussion will address the current plant databases available to algorithms and applications and what efforts are needed to ensure consistent and vetted data on ecologically beneficial plants is readily accessible to emerging technologies and the general public. See the presentation associated with this meeting here.

September 12, 2018 - Abby Meyer, Executive Director, Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S., spoke about leveraging the garden community to complement and backup collections within and among institutions to close gaps and secure plant diversity for the future. This talk also discussed implementing The North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation and the ways garden staff can use information available to them to assess gaps and priorities for their own collections. Specific information about time and location of the talk will be posted at the end of August.

March 14, 2018 - Margaret O'Gorman - President of the Wildlife Habitat Council

January 10, 2018 - Jeannette Whitton, Director University of British Columbia Herbarium, Canada's SARA & COSEWIC

November 8, 2017 - Emily Sessa, University of Florida, Fern Conservation.

September 13, 2017 - Dwayne Estes​, Director of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative. You can find a copy of Dwayne's talk here.