The Future of Plants: Conservation and Use in the 21st Century

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 06:00 PM

Auditorium, Level 2, University Hall

Conserve water. Turn the lights off. Carpool.  Media attention in the past few years has focused almost exclusively on natural resources such as water or fossil fuels, but how about plants?  Plants are equally indispensable to human survival, providing us with food, medicines, and a variety of raw materials. What is the future of the plants on which we all depend, and what can we do to ensure their long-term survival?  Join Sir Peter Crane FRS as he takes a close-up look at the variety of plant life and the challenges of conserving and managing plants in sustainable ways for human benefit. Find out how you, too, can do your part to save plants from extinction.


Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS

Peter Crane is Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.  His work focuses on the diversity of plant life - its origins, current status, conservation and use.  From 1982 to 1999 he was at the Field Museum in Chicago and from 1999 to 2006 was Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He returned to Chicago in 2006 as the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor at The University of Chicago, before his appointment at Yale in 2009. He was knighted in the UK in 2004, for services to horticulture and conservation.  He is a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a Member of the German Academy Leopoldina.


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