Published On: Sun, Feb 21st, 2016

Winter Lecture: Animal Mediated Dispersal of Oaks

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Date(s) - 02/21/2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve


Seed dispersal, a critical stage in the lifecycle of many plants, involves the movement of the seed beyond

the shadow of the parent plant to sites suitable for germination and seedling establishment. Michael A.

Steele, Ph.D. will review over 25 years of research across North America (including Mexico), Costa Rica

and China on the process of oak dispersal by rodents and birds. He’ll show how specific acorn

characteristics (e.g. germination schedules, chemistry, morphology) influence the behavior of seed-

hoarding animals, and how these behavioral decisions influence the process of oak dispersal, seedling

establishment, and the regeneration of our forests. Michael A. Steele completed his Ph.D. at Wake

Forest University in 1988, followed by a 1-year postdoctoral research position at N.C. State. He is the

Endowed Research Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Wilkes University and the author

of more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications, including five books. He received a Fulbright

Fellowship for research in Mexico and a Bullard Fellowship from Harvard University.

This program is the seventh installment of the Preserve’s Winter Lecture Series. The program will take

place on Sunday, February 21, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. The fee for Preserve Members is $8 per lecture.

The fee for non-members is $12 per lecture. Seating for all lectures is general admission; arrive early to

get the seat of your choice. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Walk-ins welcomed only as

space permits. Most popular topics WILL sell out. Call (215)862-2924 to register.

About the Author

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