The speaker at our May 4, 2023 general membership meeting will be Dr. Scott Armbruster speaking on Mysteries in the California Wildflower Genus Collinsia, the Blue-eyed Marys. Scott Armbruster is a renowned ‘boots on the ground’ evolutionary biologist, and has been studying how flower size in the Collinsias is influenced by their native bee pollinators. Scott was born and raised in California, receiving a BA from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MS and PhD from the University of California, Davis. His work focuses on plant-pollinator relationships to understand floral evolution, speciation, and the process of community assemblage in flowering plants.
This will be our first in-person meeting in several years with our return to the City of San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial Building (location details below). At this time we are not set up for additionally providing video feed (= no Zoom session). Social gathering and light refreshments start at 7 pm. At 7:30 pm, chapter business will be conducted including presentation of the Hoover and Community Awards, and then the speaker’s presentation.
Dr. Armbruster currently has a joint appointment at the University of Portsmouth UK and University of Alaska Fairbanks. Scott is motivated as a biologist by a desire to inspire others to be informed citizens about the environment and to have a love of the natural world. He spends part of each spring in San Luis Obispo County, exploring our wildlands with friends, family, colleagues, and students old and new.
Photo Credit: Mark Egger