Botanical Gardens and Conservation in the 21st Century

Date(s) - Thursday, November 22, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Toronto Botanical Garden

Botanical gardens have a long and fascinating history, and are constantly evolving to address contemporary needs. In the past 40 years they have increasingly focused on plant conservation and human well-being. Conservation work by botanical gardens is as diverse as the gardens themselves and, among other things, includes seed banks, plant collections, ecological restoration and education on the importance of plant diversity for economic, medicinal and cultural purposes. Dr. David Galbraith from Royal Botanical Gardens will present inspirational examples of botanical gardens that have embraced their new conservation role.

About the Speaker

Dr. David Galbraith is Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens. A graduate of University of Guelph and Queen’s University, David is a wildlife biologist by training and undertook nearly a decade of research on snapping turtles in Algonquin Park in the 1980s. At RBG since 1995, he is now responsible for research staff, the herbarium, archives and library, relationships with extramural researchers and universities, and projects on national and international conservation networking. He serves as National Focal Point for Canada for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, is an adjunct professor in the biology department at McMaster University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.


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