Dr Chris Thorogood, Head of Science & Public Engagement for the Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum
Mediterranean Plants: A Botanical Voyage
The Eastern Mediterranean boasts one of the world’s richest floras. This talk will explore the dazzling myriad of species which grow in a region famously explored by botanists from the 1500s to the 1800s. The talk will take the form of a ‘virtual tour’ across the region from the Ionian Islands in the west, across the Rhodope in the north, to Crete and Cyprus in the south and east respectively. With an emphasis on adaptation, the talk will explore some of the more interesting scientific aspects of the Mediterranean flora including pollination syndromes and host-driven speciation in parasitic plants.
Come along to see one of the world’s most diverse floras with an ecological slant on some fascinating plants, and the stunning habitats in which they grow.
Our 9th week lectures focus on the story surrounding research, rather than a specific project, and as such are aimed at a wide audience.