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27th ANNUAL JOHN DWYER LECTURE IN BIOLOGY
FEATURES DR. KINGSLEY DIXON
Renowned Expert Presents:

                             “Evolution at the End of the Earth – Plant Diversity in the Southwest Australian Hotspot”


WHAT:
2014 John Dwyer Lecture in Biology: “Evolution at the End of the Earth – Plant Diversity in the Southwest Australian Hotspot,” presented by Dr. Kingsley Dixon, director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Australia
WHEN: Tuesday, May 6 at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis
COST: Free and open to the public
INFO: www.mobot.org; (314) 577-5100, 1-800-642-8842 toll free

(ST. LOUIS):  Join the Missouri Botanical Garden on Tuesday, May 6 at 4 p.m. for the 2014 John Dwyer Lecture in Biology. Dr. Kingsley Dixon will present “Evolution at the End of the Earth – Plant Diversity in the Southwest Australian Hotspot.” The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Dixon serves as the Director of Science for Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Australia.
Dr. Dixon
Plants and animals throughout the world continue to face challenges with many species facing extinction. Dr. Dixon will present some of the technological advancements currently being made to lessen this problem.

“Though the challenges are great, we owe to future generations a planet replete with wild areas and organisms that are fundamental to our very own life support systems,” said Dixon.

Dixon has twice been the recipient of the Australian Minerals Energy Environment Foundations Awards of Environmental Excellence. He has served on the faculty at the University of Western Australia since 1999 and in 2005 was honored with the Chancellor’s Medal for distinguished service. He serves as a board member for the International Society of Ecological Restoration.

The annual John Dwyer Lecture in Biology honors the memory of Dr. John Dwyer, a professor of biology at Saint Louis University and former research associate of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

The lecture will be held in the Shoenberg Theater of the Ridgway Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

Today, 155 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display. With scientists working in 35 countries on six continents around the globe, the Missouri Botanical Garden has one of the three largest plant science programs in the world and a mission “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.”

The Missouri Botanical Garden focuses its work on areas that are rich in biodiversity yet threatened by habitat destruction, and operates the world’s most active research and training programs in tropical botany. Garden scientists collaborate with local institutions, schools and indigenous peoples to understand plants, create awareness, offer alternatives and craft conservation strategies. The Missouri Botanical Garden is striving for a world that can sustain us without sacrificing prosperity for future generations, a world where people share a commitment to managing biological diversity for the common benefit.

Admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden is $8. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free.

For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/missouribotanicalgarden and http://twitter.com/mobotnews.

More than 45,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at www.mobot.org/membership.

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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 155 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. Grounds open at 7 a.m. most Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free most Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events – third weekend of May, Memorial Day 2012, Labor Day weekend and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line and picking up a Metro bus (www.metrostlouis.org). For general information, log on to www.mobot.org or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842. For membership information, visit www.mobot.org/membership call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit www.mobot.org/volunteer or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.