Winter Lecture Series: Studying the Flora of the Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis—One Plant Specimen at a Time
In light of the increasingly urban future of our planet, a thorough understanding of the biological processes at work in urban areas is necessary for the continued survival of Earth’s inhabitants. The first step is to know what is thriving, surviving or perishing in cities now—and what has done so in the past. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis (MAM) Project has begun this study with the digitization of nearly one million plant specimens from13 herbaria in the urban corridor from New York City to Washington, D.C. As the country’s largest and oldest urban corridor, this area and its flora present a unique opportunity to study urbanization.
Cindy Skema is a botanist at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and the lead principal investigator of the MAM Project. When not digitizing specimens, she studies the evolution of plants in the field, herbarium and lab. She earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University, a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh, and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.
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