Embark on journey of plant discovery

PUHI — Join Hawaii’s State Botanist Dr. Maggie Sporck-Koehler at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the cafeteria at the KCC Campus Center in Puhi as she takes her audience on a botanical journey of plant discovery on Oahu and Maui.

Sporck-Koehler will talk about her botanical field work in the mountains of Oahu and the shrublands of Maui. Learn about plant discovery and documentation in Hawaii today and how the islands’ natural features influence discovery. Sporck-Koehler will discuss her own contributions made while working for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Describing how botanizing has allowed her to combine formal training with her passion for nature, Sporck-Koehler says, “I have been lucky to be in the right place at the right time with just the right amount of curiosity that led to being a part of species discovery.”

Sporck-Koehler will share her experiences through stories and photos documenting the discovery of plants in the wild, specifically a previously undescribed Cyanea and a Coprosma. She will also address the question of why new species are still being discovered and rediscovered.

The “What in the World” lecture series is one of many collaborations between the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kauai Community College.


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