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This Month:

Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:00 p.m.:

Shooting Star: A Prairie Plant with an Attitude

SorensenPaul Sorensen, Ph.D., will talk about his much-loved interest in the shooting star plant, Dodecatheon meadia. For many years his studies focused on the biology of prairie plants, including, and especially the shooting star – as new questions about this interesting species continue to be asked.

Throughout his career Sorensen has specialized in the systematic and taxonomy of vascular plants. His research has resulted in 43 publications, many of them on Latin American genera, notably Dahlia and Arbutus. Early on he became interested in conservation biology and while still a student in Iowa City worked to form the Iowa chapter of The Nature Conservancy in 1963.

Sorensen retired from Northern Illinois University Department of Biological Sciences, after 30 years, in 2000, at which time he was appointed Professor Emeritus and Curator of the Herbarium. In 2006 he was appointed Adjunct Curator of Botany at the Burpee Museum of Natural History.

We meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC), rooms 141-142. Look for signs as you enter WTC. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse the merchandise tables, and check out the library and Wild Ones information booth. This program is free and open to the public.