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, 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