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Adult Opportunities

Conserving Biodiversity (in person or online)

The clock is ticking as we try to save the world’s biodiversity from climate change.

Content Detail

Join Dr. Tanisha M. Williams, founder of #BlackBotanistsWeek, who will share her research on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, talk about her journey into a career in science, and discuss the work she is doing to create space for diversity in scientific fields.

Scientists are urgently working to understand historical and contemporary responses to increasingly stressful environments. They seek to conserve species and their habitats and make meaningful projections for the future. There is exciting research being done to help document, monitor, and conserve species. The use of herbarium records, genomics methods, and trait-based ecology are all being used to understand the mechanisms that influence species distributions and their responses to climate change.

This talk will take you on a world tour from South Africa to the United States. Along the way, participants will hear stories about how species have responded to climate change and how genomics methods are being used to conserve rare species. This program will even highlight the discovery of a new species.

This program meets in person at The Morton Arboretum and will also be broadcast live online via Zoom.

To attend in person, register for Section A. To attend online, register for Section B

Speaker: Dr. Tanisha Williams, the Richard E. and Yvonne Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in Botany at Bucknell University and founder of Black Botanists Week.

Age: 16 and older


This program is part of the Women and the Environment Series. Register for the other sessions:

Friday, March 10: Gidinawendimin: We Are All Connected with Dr. Wendy Makoons Geniusz

Friday, March 24: The Legacy of May Watts with Cindy Crosby and Rita Hassert

Friday, March 31: Soil Sisters: How Local Women Are Caring for the Land with Heather Lynch

Thursday, April 6: Black Earth Wisdom: Afro-Ecological Survival Strategies with Leah Penniman

Tanisha M. Williams, Postdoctoral Fellow in Botany

Tanisha M. Williams is the Richard E. and Yvonne Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in Botany at Bucknell University. Her dissertation research examined the impacts of climate change on plant species throughout South Africa. Her postdoctoral research elucidates the role Aboriginal peoples have on the movement and maintenance of plant species and examines how biogeographic barriers impact species distributions in Australia. She also uses genomics methods to update the conservation status of rare plants throughout Pennsylvania.

Dr. Williams has extensive science communication and policy experience and is the founder of Black Botanists Week, a campaign to amplify diverse voices in botany. She completed her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut in 2019.

What to Know

Register for either the in-person session (Section A) or for the live Zoom broadcast (Section B).

Those who register for the online offering will receive a Zoom link by email. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time.

In an effort to increase access, this lecture is available at three ticket prices, with a limited number of no-fee spots for those who could not otherwise participate. (To request a no-fee spot, please complete this form to enter the lottery.) To ensure that this pricing model sustainably supports all interested participants as well as our speaker, please select the ticket price you feel you can pay at this time.

Group registration prices apply only to the online session.

Program Schedule

Friday, March 17, 2023

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Arbor Room, Thornhill Education Center (Section A)

Zoom (Section B)


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