Dr. Matt Ritter grew up in rural Mendocino County, California. After earning a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from U.C. Santa Barbara, he attended U.C. San Diego for a Ph.D. in plant biology. He’s a botany professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, where he lives with his wife and two children. He’s the author of several books, including a new guide to California’s flora, California Plants: A guide to our Iconic Flora (www.
In this episode we cover:
- Cultivating curiosity in your students and peers
- Photographing and studying the big trees of California
- Is a palm tree a tree? And the Joshua tree, what is that….? Leave it to me to get into semantics… 😛
- The importance of flora in an animal-centric society
This week features @DrMattRitter, botanist, professor, and author of California Plants: A guide to our Iconic Flora. This week we discuss studying big trees, the importance of flora in an animal-centric society and cultivating curiosity. Check it out: https://t.co/H7DSGk9lrC pic.twitter.com/rMG53uQmvP
— A Sustainable Mind (@SustainableMind) August 12, 2018
Matt Ritter Online:
- Matt Ritter: Website | Instagram
- An LA Times article about his new book and teaching natural history to young people
- Matt’s book California Plants: A guide to our Iconic Flora
- Buy direct from the Pacific Street Publishing and get a signed copy direct from Matt!
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Related ASM episode: #15 with Cindy Blain, Executive Director of forestry non-profit California ReLeaf