Plant ecologist to discuss American chestnut and pollination in milkweed

The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society invites the public to hear Dr. Harmony Dalgleish overview biological interactions associated with the attempts to introduce blight-resistant American chestnuts in Eastern U.S. forests and the dynamics of pollination in milkweeds.

The meeting will be held at noon Thursday, October 19, in the Parish Hall, Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church.

Growing up in Sioux Falls, S.D., Dalgleish fell in love with prairies and the big sky. After studying the effects of fire and grazing on grassland plants in graduate school at Kansas State University, she became interested in forest ecology at Purdue University and was particularly inspired by the story of the American chestnut.

“Now a plant population ecologist in the College of William and Mary’s Biology Department, Dr. Dalgleish’s research addresses how animals and plants interact to achieve pollination and seed dispersal,” said president Kevin Howe. “She is also keen on hiking, camping and road trips.”

Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and light refreshments will be served.


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