Mutualism, deception, and self-defense: Plants and Insects

Wed Sep 18 - 7:00pm-8:30pm

Learn about some of the fascinating and intricate ways in which plants and insects have evolved to affect each other’s traits and behaviors, including defensive arms races, attraction to sweet rewards, and trickery and death traps. 


Celeste Searles Mazzacano is the Owner and Principal Scientist at CASM Environmental LLC, where her work focuses on insects, freshwater mussels, and other invertebrates. She has a B.S. in Genetics & Cell Biology and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Minnesota. Her research and teaching has taken her from river bottoms to tree canopies and from universities to fish & wildlife agencies, non-profits, and independent consulting as she investigates and preserves insect species, characterizes their impacts on habitats, and develops management plans that protect the overall ecosystem. As an educator, she strives to impart her almost excessive enthusiasm about insects to others and engender a greater awareness and appreciation of their functions. 



All lectures will take place in the Manor House at Leach Botanical Garden

6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR  97236. Use Creekside Parking lot

Doors open at 6:00 pm for refreshments and strolling in the Garden. Lectures begin at 7:00 pm


Note. Although the link on Yapsody says PayPal, you don't need a PayPal account. After you click on Paypal, you have the option to pay with a credit card.

Please contact the Education Coordinator for more information: 503-823-1671 or jvrilakas@leachgarden.or


Central Oregon
Eastern Oregon
Greater Portland
The Gorge + Mt. Hood
Oregon Coast
Southern Oregon
Willamette Valley

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