“A Brief History of Time – The Evolution of Plants in 50 minutes!

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February 28, 6:30-8:30 pm, Wednesday at the Red Cross Building, 2700 SW Frwy

The evolution of plants has resulted in a wide range of complexity, from the earliest algal mats to the complex seed-bearing gymnosperms and angiosperms (flowering plants) of today. Join the dynamic and engaging Dr. Cassidy Johnson as she covers eons of history in just 50 minutes!

Dr. Cassidy Johnson is an Assistant Teaching Professor for Rice University Department of BioSciences. As a native Texan, she is passionate about local conservation and has years of experience in formal classroom, outdoor, and community education. Dr. Johnson previously served as President of the Coastal Prairie Partnership and as a board member for the Native Prairie Association of Texas. She worked as a Houston Toad Specialist for the Department of Conservation at the Houston Zoo, Inc.

Her research involves overseeing a collaborative prairie restoration effort in the Harris Gully Natural Area as a “living laboratory.” This effort is dedicated to the study and protection of urban biodiversity and conservation to better connect the university community to its natural heritage. Dr. Johnson has a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University.

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