June Monthly Meeting
June 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Dorrance Hall at the Desert Botanical Garden
Speaker: Peter Breslin, CACSS member
Program: New Tools to Save Vanishing Plants: Cutting Edge Conservation Biology Strategies for the Cactaceae
A recent assessment of the Cactaceae by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List found that nearly one third of all cactus species are at risk for extinction. What are some of the factors threatening cactus species in habitat and what are some of the factors threatening cactus species in habitat and what are some new, high tech methods for developing conservation plans for at risk taxa? Peter Breslin is currently studying these methods, as applies to the restricted island endemic, Cochemiea halei, a denizen of the archipelago of islands in the Pacific Ocean at the Bahia Magdalena. His PhD research at Arizona State University has evolved new techniques in assessing both human and natural threats to isolated cactus species and the development of conservation plans especially tailored to the unique population biology and life cycles of cacti. This presentation will provide an overview of the habitats of Magdalena and Isla Margarita and a look at how we can improve the odds for threatened cacti in this region and other locales.
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