W. John Kress of the Smithsonian Institution to Give Annual Grace Kimball Memorial Lecture on April 21 at Wilkes UnversityW. John Kress of the Smithsonian Institution will give the Annual Grace Kimball Memorial Lecture at Wilkes University. The lecture is entitled "Beyond the Tree of Life: Valuing Museum Collections in the Age of Biodiversity." The lecture will be held in Stark Learning Center 101 on Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public.
Kress is director for science in the Grand Challenges Consortium at the Smithsonian and a distinguished scientist and curator with the department of botany at the National Museum of Natural History. He recently served as interim under secretary for science at the Smithsonian. He earned degrees at Harvard University and Duke University where he studied tropical biology, ethnobotany, evolution, pollination ecology, and plant systematics.
Among his over 150 scientific and popular papers are his books Plant Conservation – A Natural History Approach, The Weeping Goldsmith, The Ornaments of Life - Coevolution and Conservation in the Tropic, and DNA Barcodes Methods and Protocols.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been an adjunct professor of biology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Yunnan, China.