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The Trees and Forests of Indonesian Borneo

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The Trees and Forests of Indonesian Borneo

Time: June 23, 2011 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: Weld Hill Research Building, Arnold Arboretum
Street: 1300 Centre Street
City/Town: Roslindale
Website or Map: https://my.arboretum.harvard.…
Phone: 617-384-5277
Event Type: free, lecture
Organized By: Pam Thompson, Arnold Arboretum
Latest Activity: Jun 23, 2011

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Campbell Webb, Senior Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum
Thu June 23, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Location: Weld Hill Research and Administration Building

The giant island of Borneo in Indonesia is probably home to more than 5,000 types of trees, but botanists have yet to compile a complete list. Unfortunately, the forests of Borneo are rapidly shrinking, and hundreds of species in unexplored regions may disappear before they have been collected and recorded. Campbell Webb and his Indonesian colleagues have just finished a two-month botanical and ecological expedition to the heart of the Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). He will describe some of the remarkable trees he studied, share his efforts to exchange botanical knowledge with local collaborators, and explain the emerging global ‘semantic web’ of data that science is amassing on tropical forests. He will also share tales of living in the Bornean rain forest and his plans for four future expeditions in this fascinating and vital hotspot of botanical diversity.
Free, but registration requested

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