Event Date

August 15, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Research Lecture Series

Program Information

Brown Bag Lectures
Dates: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 12 - 1pm
Location: BRIT Commons
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

BRIT Research Seminars
Date: Various dates throughout year
Time: 12 - 1pm 
Location: BRIT Commons
Cost: Free, Open to the Public
Visit the event page for specific date and time information.

Point of Contact

Alyssa B. Young

Research Manager and Special Collections Librarian

Exploring the Primeval Flora of New Caledonia

Botanically unparalleled, New Caledonia is a biodiversity hotspot that is home to some of the most primitive lineages of plants on earth, including strange fern relatives, a parasitic conifer, and so many additional other-worldly oddities that combine to form landscapes that appear straight out of a Dr. Seuss storybook. Many have unique adaptations that enable them to survive on the island’s unique soil chemistry. This environmentally sensitive region is facing a variety of pressures and therefore of great conservation concern. Come explore the island’s remarkable flora following Adam's second visit while learning of the challenges to preserve them.

About the Presenter

A lifelong plant enthusiast, Adam Black is currently director of horticulture at Peckerwood Garden in Hempstead, Texas working to transition the formerly private garden of John Fairey into a public botanical garden while continuing to promote conservation and the benefits of a diverse and exciting landscape utilizing low-maintenance plants. He previously managed the forest pathology and forest entomology laboratories at the University of Florida, served as horticulturist for a number of years at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, FL while also co-owner of the former Xenoflora LLC, a mail order nursery that introduced many new plants to cultivation. 

About Research Lecture Series

The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars.