Peter Breslin | January 4th Speaker

Gates October Meeting, January 4th at 7pm PST
Redlands Church of the Nazarene
1307 East Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA 92374

Conservation and Cultivation: How Conservation Science Can Create Growing Success 

How can better understanding of the habitats, climate conditions, geology, biogeography, and evolutionary relationships of our favorite plants help inform optimal cultivation? Breslin will explore multiple connections between contemporary and emerging research methods in plant conservation and the ways we raise our plants. Understanding climate variables, microclimate effects, geography, geology, soil, and some of the basics of plant physiology can increase growing success, even with challenging plants.

Who is Peter Breslin?

Peter Breslin

Peter started studying cacti in habitat more than 30 years ago and decided to get a Ph.D. in cactus evolution and biogeography at age 52, focused on the Mammillaria and Cochemiea of Baja California. He finished his Ph.D. at 58, at Arizona State University.

He has published widely on topics in cactus evolution and ecology, including being one of the authors of The Field Guide to Cacti and Succulents of Arizona, published by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society. He is currently conducting the sixth installment since 1964 of the long-term saguaro survey on Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona, as a postdoctoral research fellow at The Desert Lab at The University of Arizona. He is also the managing editor for CSSA publications and edits both the Cactus and Succulent Journal and the annual peer-reviewed yearbook, Haseltonia.

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