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Ken Cameron
"Around the Word in 40 Orchids: Travels of an Orchidologist"
Monday, March 14, 2016
7:30PM
(Doors Open 6:30PM)
Meeting Hall, First Christian Church
221 South Sixth Street, Burbank, California


about our speaker

Photo of Ken CameronKen Cameron received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996 under the supervision of Dr. Mark Chase, with whom he spent a year at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  He served as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Guilford College for two years before accepting a research position at The New York Botanical Garden, where he was Director of the Molecular Systematics Laboratory for almost ten years.  In 2008 he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Professor of Botany and Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, a collection of more than 1.2 million specimens.  In addition to being recognized as the first biologist to use DNA sequence data to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the entire orchid family, Ken is considered the world authority on the systematics of the orchid subfamily Vanilloideae.  His research on Vanilla and its relatives was recognized as the most outstanding paper delivered at the 1996 annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and also by the structural section of the Botanical Society of America in the same year.  In 2011 Timber Press commissioned him to publish Vanilla Orchids: Natural History and Cultivation. His orchid research has been featured within magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, as well as on television (HGTV & NOVA) and radio.  Dr. Cameron has been invited to deliver keynote lectures at various botanical meetings, including the 17th World Orchid Conference in Malaysia, 1st Andean Orchid Conference in Ecuador, and 50th Mid America Orchid Congress in Nashville, TN.  Ken has published more than 50 papers in the area of orchid systematics, and five of his seven current doctoral students are also researching aspects of orchid biology.

You can learn more about our speaker at his webpage:

http://www.botany.wisc.edu/cameron.htm

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news in brief

  • NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on March 2, 2014]. Starting this month, every new member and their sponsor will each receive a certificate good for one 1-gallon Cymbidium orchid, courtesy of Orchids by Art in North Hills, CA, which is owned and operated by OSSC member Art Mendoza. The society expresses sincere thanks to Art for this generous offer. This offer supercedes the prior offer from Rudvalis Orchids.
  • WE'VE GOT A NEW LOOK!: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on April 18, 2012] As of March 30, anyone visiting the OSSC Facebook page saw a new look, brought about by a new format standard introduced by Facebook. The new look features a beautiful, page-wide photo of a Cattleya taken by OSSC Member Charles B. Boco. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/orchidssc . In a related development, OSSC now has over 200 "likes" on Facebook. If you haven't already done so, you can add to that number by clicking the "Like " button found to the right of this story. Thanks!

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