using light for science, artistry

Merryspring webinar: ‘The Evolutionary History of Plants is Written in Light’

Plant biologist Dudu Meireles and artist Adriana Cavalcanti will lead a presentation titled “The Evolutionary History of Plants is Written in Light” in a webinar hosted by Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday,  May 18, at 12 p.m.

In this program, Dr. Dudu Meireles will talk about how scientists can use the light that is reflected from leaves to identify plant species and lineages, measure biodiversity, and learn about evolution. Joining him will be interdisciplinary artist Adriana Calvalcanti will speak about the aspects of artistic research and interdisciplinary approaches to translate scientific data to the public and the importance of collaboration with sciences.

Jose Eduardo “Dudu” Meireles earned his PhD from Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota before joining the faculty at UMaine. He works on plant taxonomy, phylogenetics, trait
evolution, and remote sensing, and is the director of the MAINE Herbarium.

Adriana Cavalcanti is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in botany and landscape architecture. She uses her background in these fields to bring awareness to environmental and social issues. Currently living in Maine, she is in the Intermedia MFA program at the University of Maine and is researching creative solutions to environmental issues through the arts.

This talk is part of Merryspring’s Online Spring Talk series.

All Online Talks will be held as Zoom webinars. Access to a computer or smart device is required. All guests must request a meeting link by emailing to attend. Online Talks are open to everybody, free of charge.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, please contact o r call 207-236-2239.  

Event Date: 

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

Zoom webinar