Create your own conference schedule! Click here for full instructions

Abstract Detail

Educating for a Diverse and Inclusive Community in Botany

Soltis, Pamela [1].

Engaging A Diverse Biodiversity Workforce Through Natural History Collections.

Despite increasing diversity in fields related to biomedicine, the botanical sciences, and especially those disciplines that encompass plant diversity, have not made similar gains. Part of the reason seems to be that ecology and evolutionary biology are outside the general experience of many young people of under-represented groups. Natural history museums - and the science behind them - represent largely untapped means for engaging students from diverse backgrounds for careers in biodiversity. I will describe efforts by iDigBio to introduce biodiversity science to a range of non-traditional audiences and the positive responses to those efforts, with suggestions for an expanded role of natural history collections, and especially herbaria, in engaging a more diverse botanical community.

Log in to add this item to your schedule

1 - Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, 1659 Museum Road, Gainesville, Florida, 32611, USA

natural history collections
under-represented groups.

Presentation Type:
Session: SS1, The Future of Botany: Educating for a Diverse and Inclusive Community in Botany
Location: Tucson C/Starr Pass
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2019
Time: 4:15 PM
Number: SS1007
Abstract ID:1295
Candidate for Awards:None

Copyright © 2000-2019, Botanical Society of America. All rights reserved