A free public lecture will showcase the diverse and beautiful plant life found in the Central American country of Belize. Marcel Rejmánek will speak about “20 Years of Tropical Diversity, From Rats to Palms” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis.
Rejmánek is a member of the department of evolution and ecology at UC Davis, where he teaches ecology classes and takes students into the field. He has varied interests, ranging from invasive plants to tropical ecology.
His curiosity about plants has led him to do extensive work in Belize, as well as a number of South American countries, California and Europe. He will discuss his work in tropical areas — including interesting habitats, pollination ecology and invasive plants and animals — and show photographs.
Belize’s habitats range from tropical lowland forests to upland cloud forests.
There will be a 10-minute Davis Botanical Society annual meeting and election at 6:45 p.m. and the talk will follow from 7 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will conclude the evening.
For more information, call Ellen Dean or Jean Shepard at the UCD Center for Plant Diversity, 530-752-1091.