Elizabeth R. Milano, Geneticist with the U.S. Geological Survey – Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station
Margie Mulligan, Botanist and a Department Associate in the Botany Department at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
This project, a collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey and the San Diego Natural History Museum, aims to provide a reference point for the current status of genetic diversity of rare plant species in San Diego County. We focused on six threatened or endangered plant species including Acanthomintha ilicifolia, Baccharis vanessae, Chloropyron maritimum ssp. maritimum, Deinandra conjugens, Dicranostegia orcuttiana, and Monardella viminea. This population genetic survey provides insight into the amount of genetic differentiation across each species’ range, identifies isolated occurrences potentially subject to inbreeding or genetic bottlenecks, and distinguishes areas that are rich sources of allelic diversity. The results of this project inform future preservation and restoration effortsand directly contributes to the conservation and management of these rare plant taxa in the San Diego Management Strategic Plan Area.
Elizabeth R. Milano is a Geneticist with the U.S. Geological Survey – Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station. She has a background in population and quantitative genetics with a focus on plant-pollinator interactions. She holds a B.S. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Margie Mulligan is an independent Botanist and a Department Associate in the Botany Department at the San Diego Natural History Museum. She has over 25 years of botanical experience with 15 years in San Diego County. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northland College and an M.S. in Botany from Miami University of Ohio.
6:30-7:00pm: First Presentation:
‘Baja Rare’: Conserving Our Shared Rare Flora
With Sula Vanderplank, Conservation Botanist
This talk will present recent advances as part of the new collaborative initiative to conserve plants that are rare both sides of the US/MX border. San Diego Zoo Global, the San Diego Natural History Museum and the National Seedbank of Mexico are working together in Baja California to make conservation seedbank collections, update population status at each occurrence, and evaluate genetic diversity of the rarest plants of our borderlands.
Dr. Vanderplank is a postdoctoral fellow at San Diego Zoo Global, and a research associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum. She is also adjunct faculty at San Diego State University and the Center for Research and Higher Learning in Ensenada (CICESE).
7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.
7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION
There is no fee to attend these presentations.