Botany 2024 - Featured Speakers

(Times subject to change)

Plenary Speaker

Sunday, June 16
7:30 pm

Dr. Colin Khoury

Food plant diversity in a changing world

Director of Science and Conservation 
at the San Diego Botanic Garden


Distinguished Ethnobotany Speaker

Monday, June 17th
4:00 pm

Mark Merlin

Back to the Past: Insights for the
Present and Future of Ethnobotany

Professor of Botany at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa


Address of the Incoming BSA President

Wednesday, June 19
4:30 pm

 Jenny Xiang 

Comprehending Biodiversity via Curiosity-Driven 
Integrative Research to Aid Conservation and
Identify Resilience to Climate Change

North Carolina State University


Regional Botany Special Lecture

Monday, June 17
11:00 am

Kaya DeerInWater

Neshnabe Relationships with Plants of Western Michigan

Member of the Citizen Band of Potawatomi


Annals of Botany Special Lecture

Tuesday, June 18
1:30 pm

Kathleen Kay

How pollinator shifts drive and maintain speciation:
insights from the Neotropical spiral gingers

Jean H. Langenheim Chair 
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of California Santa Cruz


Address of the Incoming ASPT President 

Tuesday, June 18

David Tank

Beyond the specimen: lessons from Wyoming on the
importance of broadening the herbarium’s audience

University of Wyoming


BSA Emerging Leader

Tuesday, June 18

Joyce Gloria Onyenedum 

How Plants Do the Twist: An Interdisciplinary Approach to
Elucidate the Evolution &
Development of Climbing Plants

Assistant Professor
& the Principal Investigator of the
Onyenedum Lab at New York University


Kaplan Memorial Address

Tuesday, June 18

Cynthia Jones

A Meditation on Leaf Shape

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut


Society for Ethnobotany
Mid-Career Award Address

Morgan Ruelle

Plant diversity and food sovereignty: Stewarding species and varieties in Ethiopia

Clark University


Tuesday, June 18 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm