Sixty Plus Lecture: “Life with Fire - Evolution and Ecology of Manzanitas”

When: March 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

Tom Parker, Professor of Biology, SFSU

Manzanitas are the classic plant representative of California, even more than the redwoods. They are the most diverse woody group in Western North America - with 96 different varieties in the state. They are common on the coast and coastal mountains as well as throughout the Sierras. The reason for their diversity lies in their relationship to fire and how they survive fire.

Dr. Parker has been at SFSU since 1980. His research concerns community and evolutionary ecology. He has published over 100 papers and book chapters on topics related to this ecology.

If you are not a Premiere Sixty Plus member, please arrange your visit ahead of time with Eileen Ward at

The meeting will be held in The Rosa Parks Room, Cesar Chavez Student Center at 1:00 p.m. 


SF State University, 1600 Holloway, Rosa Parks Room
Student Center building lower level