GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and the University of Florida department of biology for a free presentation with Sir Peter Crane at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 as part of the 2011-2012 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program.

Crane will lead an engaging discussion titled “The Early Flowering of Flowering Plants” at Powell Hall on the UF campus. A reception will follow the presentation.

Crane, the Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, studies the diversity of plant life on Earth from its origin and fossil history, to its current status, conservation and use.

As a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, Crane is traveling to universities and colleges with Phi Beta Kappa chapters to meet with undergraduate students and participate in seminars and public lectures. The visiting scholar program is designed to contribute to the intellectual life on campus through an exchange of ideas between the visiting scholars and faculty and students.

Crane was knighted in 2004 and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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