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Peter Breslin: Connections Between Cactus and Succulent Conservation Research and Cultivation
Program: How can better understanding of the habitats, climate conditions, geology, biogeography, and evolutionary relationships of our favorite plants help inform optimal cultivation? Breslin will explore multiple connections between contemporary and emerging research methods in plant conservation and the ways we raise our plants. Understanding climate variables, microclimate effects, geography, geology, soil, and some of the basics of plant physiology can increase growing success, even with challenging plants.

Short Bio: Peter Breslin began Ph.D. studies at Arizona State University in the fall of 2014 and completed the Ph.D. in spring 2020, investigating questions regarding the biogeography and evolution of Cactaceae. Under the advisement of Martin Wojciechowski, with the help of committee members Lucas Majure, Shannon Fehlberg, Fabio Albuquerque and Jon Rebman. Breslin pursued research regarding the molecular phylogenetics, ancestral biogeography, climate change impacts on habitat suitability and population viability of the Mammillaria and Cochemiea (Cactaceae) of Baja California and adjacent regions.

Breslin is one of the authors of A Field Guide to Cacti and Succulents of Arizona, published by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, soon in its 3rd edition. He has been traveling to Baja California to find and photograph populations of rare cacti and succulents for the past 25 years. He recently moved to Los Angeles, CA, to teach biology and environmental science at Geffen Academy at UCLA, where he also hopes to continue several research projects.

Jan 22, 2022 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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