Delegates should be prepared to expect the unexpected at Professor Byron Lamont’s session on how Western Australia’s flora has adapted to our harsh conditions. 3D is not what you may think; you don’t need special glasses.
As a superb communicator Byron has a knack of making complex ideas seem simple and intriguing. Generations of students at the University of WA and Curtin University have benefited from his research on Mediterranean flora.
He is well known for his work on Proteaceae and published more than 200 articles on banksia and hakeas. In 2015 he published a book on adaptations in South West Australian flora.
It all began in 1968 when he visited the Western Australian Botanic Garden, which had only been open for three years.
“It was while wandering around the young Botanic Garden that I decided I wanted to do my PhD on hakeas,” Byron said. “I thought their harsh leaves and woody fruits must hold secrets worth revealing.” And he was right, later pioneering research on their root systems and ability to store seeds on the plant until released by fire.
Byron retired in 2010 and is often called on to lecture at national and international conferences. The Kings Park Guides are delighted that he has agreed to join us in September.