Event Date

November 3, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Research Lecture Series

Program Information

Lunchtime Lectures
Dates: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 12 - 1pm
Location: online for now
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

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

Point of Contact

Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Director of Research Programs

The commonness of rarity —evolution and endemism in South American clubmosses

A Lunchtime Lecture by Dr. Weston Testo

A conspicuous feature of Earth’s biological diversity is that some species are widespread and common, whereas others are extremely rare and narrowly distributed. Various hypotheses have been proposed to explain this pattern, but data are sparse and taxonomically biased. In this talk, Dr. Testo will explore the commonness of rarity in clubmosses (Lycopodiaceae), focusing on the group’s successful diversification in the mountains of South America and corresponding patterns of endemism in these habitats. 

Twitter: @westo_fernnerd

Website: www.westontesto.com

Dr. Testo holding a clubmoss
Dr. Testo holding a clubmoss

This lecture will broadcast live on YouTube at https://youtu.be/xoR_Ncbz6Vo. Watchers can use the YouTube chat for Q&A with the speaker.

NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBcUGOQ9ms8&ab_channel=BotanicalResearchInstituteofTexas


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 Lunchtime Lectures and Research Seminars. Lunchtime Lectures take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons (**Now held virtually until further notice***). 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 social media channels for announcements of upcoming Lunchtime Lectures and Researcher Seminars.