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Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Conserving plants on a changing planet, with Evan Meyer: It is no secret that a large portion of the world’s biodiversity is in an extremely
perilous position. The variety of threats facing wild organisms requires a corresponding variety of solutions. One of the most critical threats, the loss of habitat, can be addressed through the preservation of wildlands (in-situ conservation). But this alone cannot protect rare species from extinction. Ex-situ conservation seeks to protect individual species by maintaining and augmenting their populations outside of their natural habitats. Join Evan as he describes examples of how these efforts are being carried out in Southern California and discusses his belief that preserving biodiversity for future generations will require creativity, humility, and adaptation to the realities of a changing planet.

Evan Meyer is the Assistant Director at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to this, Evan was the Seed Conservation Program Manager at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.