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Talks at Vizcaya with Suzanne Koptur: Uses of South Florida Plants
Join us for a new season of Talks at Vizcaya where we explore topics surrounding the estate. This season we will discuss themes around Vizcaya’s historic kitchen and learn from experts about cooking traditions, urban farming, and more!
The Uses of Local Plants by Early Settlers in Southern Florida
The flora of southern Florida has plants from both temperate and tropical origins, providing residents with a wide array of products to explore and use. The many ways in which plants were and are utilized were not all novel to settlers. The knowledge comes from other places in the world, including building materials, remedies, food, spices, decorations, and more. Some uses, especially those known to indigenous peoples, are still being learned. This presentation will highlight some of the most common and most interesting plants, an introduction for those who are interested in knowing and using the plants around us.
Featured Speaker: Suzanne Koptur
Suzanne Koptur is an ecologist and professor Emerita of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, where she taught undergrad and graduate courses in ecology, plant ecology, and botany. Her research is focused on plant/animal interactions, especially in the areas of anti-herbivore defenses of plants and pollination biology. She received her BS in Botany from the University of Michigan and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley; she spent several postdoctoral years at the University of Iowa and the University of York (U.K.), before joining the faculty of FIU in 1985. Her doctoral research was conducted in Costa Rica, primarily in the Monteverde cloud forest, on plant/animal interactions of Inga species (mimosoid legume trees); her longest research interest is biotic defense supported by ants and other beneficial insects attracted by plants’ extrafloral nectar. She has conducted many studies of floral biology and breeding systems of plants in South Florida and the neotropics and received two Fulbrights to pursue research in Mexico. Many of her students have pursued meaningful careers in academia, government, teaching, and consulting.
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