ISSN 1188-603X

No. 448 January 31, 2012 Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2


From: Botany BC 2012 Organizing committee - Hans Roemer, Judith Holm, Ryan Batten, Mandy Ross & Elizabeth Easton c/o

Botany BC 2012 will be taking place from Thursday July 26, 2012 through to Sunday July 29, 2012 at Manning Park, British Columbia

Tentative Program:

Thursday, July 26, pm and evening Ice breaker social and picture show by Ron Long

Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 Daytime: Field trips to the botanical highlights of Manning Park


James Miskelly (Consultant and naturalist) - 'The Cascades'; Tory Stevens (BC Parks) - 'Protected Areas in the 21st Century: Galloping with the Climate'; Ken Marr (RBCM)/Gerry Allen (UVIC) - 'DNA analyses of widespread alpine plants and what we can learn from them'; Joseph Arnett (Dept.Natural Resources, Washington) - 'Rare Plants across the Border: Introducing the new Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington'; The 'AGM' - Choosing the next location for Botany BC.

Sunday, July 29 Optional morning field trip

If you would like to be notified when the detailed program and registration for Botany BC 2012 has been posted to the website at: , please send a note to


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The Keeper Regius of the Herbarium in the Natural History Museum in London, Dr. Johannes Vogel, has become the new Director General of the Berlin Museum of Natural History. After hearing from four candidates in April, the Berlin Museum Trustees agreed unanimously on Dr. Johannes Vogel. Concurrent with these negotiations, Dr. Vogel was appointed as Sectoral Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Sectoral Professors serve to link non-university research institutions and universities, and the director of the Museum of Natural History has traditionally held such a professorship at Humboldt University. John Vogel studied biology and law in Bielefeld. He has a degree in biology and - from the University of Cambridge - a doctorate in genetics. Since 1995, Dr. Vogel has worked for the Museum of Natural History in London, first as a specialist in mosses, fungi and ferns, then - since 2004 - as head of the botanical department. Vogel was born on 15 May 1963. He is married and has two children. The position of General Director at the Museum of Natural History, Berlin, has been vacant since the resignation of former director Reinhold Leinfelder at the end of last year.

More information on Vogel is available on the website of the Natural History Museum, London :

[Johannes has several good friends in British Columbia. He visited South-West British Columbia twice in search of Adulterated Spleenwort (Asplenium adulterinum J. Milde) and has done quite a bit of molecular work on the genus Asplenium. We hope to see him at Asplenium adulterinum localities on Pierce Range (Vancouver Island) and at Pierce Creek (near Chilliwack) again soon. Congratulations, Johannes! - AC]


The Royal BC Museum Board of Directors has named British cultural leader and scholar Jack Lohman as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer. He will assume his new position on March 26, 2012.

Lohman, Director of the Museum of London since 2002, will succeed retiring CEO Pauline Rafferty, who has led the Royal BC Museum for the past 10 years.

"London's loss is British Columbia's gain," said John Williams, Chair of the Royal BC Museum Board of Directors. "Jack has extensive international experience in building great museums and providing strong leadership in the cultural sector. He has the qualities and skills to lead the Royal BC Museum into its next chapter of growth."

"The Royal BC Museum is highly regarded as one of Canada's great cultural treasures. I am delighted to join its distinguished staff at a time of new development and to ensure the Museum reaches the widest possible audiences," said Lohman.

"The platform for developing the Royal BC Museum as a great and unique cultural asset is huge. Its extraordinary location, collections and expertise provide an opportunity to push out onto a national and international arena and share the important stories it tells," he added.

Lohman joins the Royal BC Museum at an exciting time as it prepares to welcome two major international touring exhibitions, open its first-ever seasonal satellite museum gallery at the Wing Sang in Vancouver, and continues the major revitalization plan for its two hectare cultural precinct in downtown Victoria.

"Jack's broad background in architecture and conservation will be very beneficial as the Royal BC Museum moves into the important architectural design phase of our revitalization," Williams added.

At the Museum of London Lohman directed a five-year, 20million ($32 million Cdn) redevelopment that culminated in May 2010 with the opening of five spectacular new interactive galleries.

A seasoned fundraiser, Lohman also looks forward to working with the Royal BC Museum Foundation on their successful fundraising efforts.

Prior to his post in London, he was the CEO of the Iziko Museums of Cape Town, an organization consisting of 15 national museums including the South African Museum, the South African Maritime Museum and the South African National Gallery. During his time there, Lohman led the creation of a new museum institution and transformed the national museum sector.

Lohman currently teaches Museum Design and Communication at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts in Norway. He is also editor in chief of UNESCO's publication series Museums and Diversity. After studying History of Art at the University of East Anglia, Lohman was awarded a scholarship to read architecture at the Freien Universitat in Berlin and later obtained an MA at the University of Manchester. He went on to win a British Council Fellowship Award to study Architecture and Conservation in Warsaw

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