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WLS 2022: The Dawn of Ecosystems (Jan. 16)

Sunday, January 16 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 16 3:00 pm


Plants began their existence on land nearly 500 million years ago, and from humble beginnings, new species and landscapes evolved on the Earth, eventually creating the world we know today. In this talk we will take a journey through time to explore the evolution of ecosystems and the plants that define them, beginning with the earliest marshes to coal age rainforests and swamps and to a drying world with gymnosperm forests and deserts. With the dawn of flowering plants, 130 million years ago, we will explore the origin of temperate deciduous forests, the dawn of grasslands, the recent ice ages and the dawn of the tundra and boreal forests ecosystems.

Jamie Boyer, Ph.D. is a botanist, paleontologist and educator in the New York City area. He earned an M.Sc. in plant biology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he reinterpreted some of the earliest trees known from the fossil record. Fossilized stumps of these “Gilboa trees” are located in the Catskill Mountains. Boyer later earned a Ph.D. in plant biology from the State University of New York, Binghamton, where he investigated the evolutionary changes in plants during the Silurian and Devonian Periods. Currently, he is a vice president at the New York Botanical Garden, where he oversees all aspects of the Garden’s student, teacher, teen, family, special needs, service-learning and veterans’ programs.

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Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

Additional Information: Online registration for this program closes at 12:00 pm on the date of the program. Zoom invitations will be sent out after this time to the email used to register for the event. The link will come from OR

This lecture is part of our annual Winter Lecture Series. The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife.

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom.