Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m.: Pines, Pikas and Pygmy Pussypaws: Flora of Rock Creek, Eastern Sierra Nevada with Joy England: Upper Rock Creek near Bishop, California, is a wonderland for plant enthusiasts. The watershed varies in elevation from 7360 to ca. 13,000 ft. The steep gradient contributes to high plant diversity. Plant communities range from pinyon pine woodland at the lowest elevations to alpine at the highest. Glacial erosion produced striking landscapes in and around Little Lakes Valley, including jagged peaks and numerous lakes surrounded by lush meadows. Previous floristic inventories in Rock Creek recorded a combined 396 taxa but were limited to the Little Lakes Valley area. Joy’s graduate research involved documenting the vascular plant flora of the watershed based on preexisting specimens and new collections. Between 2012 and 2016 she made 1504 collections and examined >1000 historical collections. The resulting checklist contains 591 taxa. Joy will present her findings, which include 32 CNPS-listed taxa and several new county records.
Joy England lives in Claremont and works at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, where she has been for nine years: first as Curatorial Assistant in the herbarium and more recently as Rare Plant Botanist in the Field Studies Program. In 2017 she earned her Master’s degree in Botany at Claremont Graduate University. Joy is a lifelong California resident and enjoys hiking, gardening and exploring new places.