Sex, Lies, and Entomophily:  Orchid Pollination Revealed      Talk will be given in the Annex

"Orchids have the most elaborate and bizarre pollination mechanisms in the plant kingdom, and our local native orchids are no exception.  Join Dr. Ken Carloni on a world tour of the rich rewards and clever deceptions that accompany orchid sex."
Presentation is by Ken Carloni.

Ken Carloni received his M.S. in Evolutionary Ecology from the University of Connecticut focused on pollination ecology, and his Ph.D. in Forest Science at Oregon State University. His doctoral dissertation entitled "The Ecological Legacy of Indian Burning Practices in Southwestern Oregon" investigates the use of landscape fire by local indigenous people in the management of their natural resources, and on the change in forest patterns and processes as a result of recolonization by Euro-Americans. He has volunteered for many years as a botanist at the Glide Wildflower Show, and has been involved with local resource conservation work for decades. He chairs the Science Dept. at Umpqua Community College where he has taught Principles of Biology, Microbiology, Genetics and Field Botany since 1987. He is currently working on a partnership with UCC, OSU, Phoenix School, USFS, BLM and other state and local agencies to offer a hands-on Associate of Science degree in Landscape Monitoring from UCC leading to a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources at OSU through their online Ecampus. He and his wife Jenny live on the North Umpqua River and both love to hike, explore, botanize and otherwise be astounded by the natural beauty and grandeur of our region.