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Newton Conservators Annual Meeting
May 1, 2013

American Legion Post 440
295 California Street, Newtonville map

6pm - Social gathering and hors d'oeuvres; 7pm - Dinner; 8pm - Program

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The Evolution of Big

Think you know trees? Ned Friedman reveals an amazing period when there were no trees, and then, in the blink of a geological eye, several different groups of plants evolved the ability to increase their girth and qualify for placement in an arboretum. Get a sense of what forests looked like over three hundred million years ago. Learn about the (sad) extinction of all but one of the early arborescent lineages of plants and find out which evolutionary group of trees survived to populate the Arnold Arboretum and today's forests.

William (Ned) Friedman is Director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University & Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.  Ned Friedman received an A.B. in Biology from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California, Berkeley.  He joined Harvard's Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department and the Arnold Arboretum in January 2011. Ned's research has focused on the evolution of patterns of plant reproduction.  His work is primarily focused on the origin and subsequent diversification of flowering plants, Darwin's "abominable mystery."   He also has a keen interest in the history of science, particularly the intellectual history of evolutionism. Before coming to Harvard, Ned was a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado (1995-2010).  He began his academic career as an assistant professor in the Botany Department at the University of Georgia.


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