The Pocahontas Chapter serves the central Virginia counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie,Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and the cities of Ashland, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Richmond. It meets on the first Thursday of September through April at 7:00 PM in the Education and Library Complex of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, unless otherwise stated.
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Our speaker , RandolphMacon College Professor Dr. Nicholas Ruppel will discuss his Virginia Native Plant Society funded research. The project of assessing the diversity of insect pollinators on native plants in Ashland will utilize the RM College’s Brian Wesley Moores Native Plant Garden, and is a collaborative undertaking involving RMC faculty and students, as well as students from John M. Gandy Elementary School. "I always have fun learning with Gandy students," says Ruppel. "It's a great way to connect to the Ashland community and to get the next generation interested in science and nature." Dr. Ruppel earned his B.S. in Botany from Miami (Ohio) University in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Plant Sciences from Indiana University in 2008. He then worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California – Davis. He is currently in his fourth year as an Assistant Professor of Biology at R MC. He teaches a variety of courses, including Integrative Biology, Plant Physiology, and Genetics. He also teaches an Honors course, Green Allies: The PlantHuman Relationship.
Chapter members Don and Peg Mohar will regale us with their adventures "Hunting Mushrooms."
Caitie Cyrus, CSV re: MS Thesis on "Flora of College Wood at W & M"
Annual Holiday Party - To be Announced
Zach Bradford, Chesapeake Bay Region Steward
John Hayden, PhD will present. Details later.
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