Birkbeck Lectures 2016: Lower Plants in Nature

Birkbeck, University of London, Lecture Theatre B34, downstairs at the Torrington Square
Organiser: Ecology and Conservation Studies Society


18:30–20:00, Six Friday evenings, 14 October to 18 November 2016

Ecology and Conservation Studies Society, Birkbeck Free Lecture Series

Wikimedia Lichen
By Кроль Екатерина Николаевна [CC BY-SA 4.0], Wikimedia Commons

“Lower plants” is a term routinely used by botanists to include algae, bryophytes and ferns. Here we are extending the definition to include lichens. Species of some and, on occasion, all of these groups have a presence in most plant communities, where routinely seed plants are otherwise dominant. That said, their presence is not always acknowledged by botanists in the field, often because of the need for expertise to identify them. In this lecture series we will cover something of the basic botany of these Lower Plant groups and will emphasize their place in various plant communities, both in the British Isles and on a more world-wide scale.

  • 14th October: How Plants Got onto Land. Professor Jeff Duckett, Emeritus Professor of Botany, Queen Mary University of London and Natural History Museum, London, Life Sciences, Research associate.
  • 21st October: Bryophytes. Silvia Pressel, Natural History Museum.
  • 28th October: Ferns. Fred Rumsey, Natural History Museum.
  • 4th November: Lichens. Pat Wolseley, Natural History Museum.
  • 11th November: Microalgae  A Brief Exploration of their Hidden World. Professor David John, Natural History Museum.
  • 18th November: Benthic Marine Algae (Seaweeds) of Kent  Ecology, Floristics and Conservation. Ian Titley.
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The free public lectures are in a series hosted by GEDS, Birkbeck University of London. They are suitable for those who may be considering, or undertaking, university courses in ecology, biological conservation or related subjects. They will interest environmental and ecological practitioners, natural historians, wildlife organisations and others with similar interests. The lectures are supported by GEDS, Birkbeck University of London and would not be possible otherwise. They are organised and promoted by the Ecology and Conservation Studies Society.