Botany Section Programs 

The evening programs of the Botany Section are held from January through April and September through November on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver. For more information and suggestions for future programs please contact the Program Co-ordinator David Cook at 604-924-0147.

Thursday, September 21
Travels in the North: Muskeg and Tundra
Terry McIntosh

Terry will talk about and show photos of his recent trip to the muskeg in Ontario and also of trips to the far north of Yukon along the Beaufort Sea. Lots of plants and some animal pictures.

Terry McIntosh is a research Associate in the Botany Department, UBC and specializes in rare plant surveys in BC and elsewhere. He teaches a plant field course at UBCO in Kelowna each summer.

Tea and cookies will be served from 7 to 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 19
Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast
Maleea Acker

“Garry oak meadows are some of the most threatened ecosystems in BC, and also some of the most ecologically diverse,” says Acker. “The best part of writing about these meadows has been the commitment I’ve seen to restoration and species protection by so many volunteers and scientists. My talk will highlight a few of their stories and the ongoing efforts to protect remaining meadows, as well as steps landowners can take to naturescape their own properties.”

Maleea Acker is an award-winning author of two books of poems, The Reflecting Pool and Air-Proof Green (Pedlar 2009, 2013), and one of essays, Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast (New Star Books, 2012). She writes an environmental column for Focus Magazine and serves on The Malahat Review’s non-fiction editorial board. Maleea has lived and worked in Canada, the US, Spain and Mexico. She is a sessional instructor in Writing and English at Camosun College and in Geography at the University of Victoria, where she is a PhD candidate, focusing on Geopoetics.

Tea and cookies will be served from 7 to 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 16
Flower Power: applications of forensic botany
Rolf Mathewes

This illustrated talk will provide a bit of history of how Rolf became involved in forensics, and then introduce forensic botany as a discipline, as well as some basic principles of how plants have been used to help solve crimes.  Rolf’s focus is to illustrate some real forensic examples, including some local cases on which he has worked.  After about 40 minutes of powerpoint slides, the presentation will conclude with a DVD of  three 5-minute news items from Global TV which ran on 3 consecutive nights, focussing on a high profile local case, and how botany was used to help convict a murderer.

Rolf Mathewes is currently a full professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and served as Associate Dean of Science at SFU between 2000 and 2011.
His research focuses mainly on postglacial vegetation history and climate change in western Canada. In recent years, his interests have broadened to include the paleoecology of Eocene fossil deposits in British Columbia in relation to long-term climate change and biogeography. Spinoffs from paleoecological research include involvement in criminal investigations as a forensic botanist, identifying and interpreting plant remains in homicides and other forensic cases."

Tea and cookies will be served from 7 to 7:30 pm