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Illinois State University Speaker Series: Dwayne Estes
6 p.m. October 17
Annex 133 Auditorium, Felmley Hall of Science
ISU’s Vasey Herbarium Open House
5 p.m. October 17
Room 132, Felmley Hall of Science
Dwayne Estes, expert botanist and visionary for the preservation of the grasslands in the Southeastern U.S. will present a talk about modern-day plant exploration and conservation.
The talk will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, in the Felmley Hall of Science in the Annex Auditorium room 133. It will be preceded at 5 p.m. by an open house of ISU’s Vasey Herbarium in room 132, which boasts pressed plant specimens dating back to the 1860s from such noted explorers as John Wesley Powell and George S. Vasey. Sponsored by the Illinois State University Horticulture Center, the talk is part of the Illinois State University Speaker Series, and is free and open to the public.
Estes serves as executive director at the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative. He is a full professor of biology, director of the Austin Peay State University Herbarium, and principal investigator for the Center of Excellence for Field Biology. Estes’ research interests include the flora, ecology, history, biodiversity, and biogeography of the Southeastern U.S. with emphasis on grasslands.
The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process.