VIDEO ADDED: ‘UC Davis LIVE’ on the Importance of Biodiversity Museums


March 31, noon — UC Davis is home to a number of biological collections, from fossils and insects to pressed plants and yeasts. On this week’s UC Davis LIVE, the curators of three of UC Davis’ museums talk about their collections and their important role in supporting research, teaching and outreach. 

  • Lynn Kimsey is a professor of entomology and director of the R.M. Bohart Museum of Entomology. Founded in 1946, the museum houses the seventh largest insect collection in North America, with about 7 million specimens of arthropods. 
  • Ernesto Sandoval is manager of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. The conservatory’s collection of live plants supports research and teaching on campus, as well as for other academic institutions including K-12 schools. 
  • Kyria Boundy-Mills is curator of the Phaff Yeast Culture Collection in the Department of Food Science and Technology. It is one of the largest public collections of wild yeasts in the world, including original yeast strains used in California wine fermentation. 

The conversation, hosted by Soterios Johnson, will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube beginning at noon on Thursday, March 31. Questions can be submitted via Facebook and Twitter either in advance or during the show.

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