On this installment of our show, we speak by phone with Dr. Pamela Soltis, the curator of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. She'll present the fourth annual Paul Buck Memorial Lecture on the TU campus tomorrow night (Wednesday the 17th) in Helmerich Hall. Her lecture --- entitled "Plant Conservation in the 21st Century" --- is free and open to the public, and it begins at 7pm. The scholarly work of Dr. Soltis has focused on the use of molecular evidence to reconstruct the patterns of plant evolution. In particular, she has contributed significantly to our understanding of the evolution of flowering plants. Thus she is one of the principal investigators for the Floral Genome Project, which examines the origin, conservation, and diversification of those genes involved in floral development. A highly experienced and widely acknowledged leader in her academic field, Dr. Soltis has also served as president of the Botanical Society of America as well as the Society of Systematic Biologists. You can learn more about her upcoming appearance here at TU here.