Conversations about . . . . Museums and Botanical Gardens

Michel Labrecque, Curator, Montreal Botanical Garden, and UM Curator and Research Scientist, David Michener engage in a conversation about the role of botanical gardens in contemporary society, Winter 2006.

Our featured guest, Michel Labrecque, has been Curator and Head of the Department of Research and Scientific Development at the Montreal Botanical Garden since 1997. A specialist in plant ecophysiology, Michel Labrecque has conducted a number of projects in urban forestry and on the production of woody biomass using fast growing species. In more recent work, Labrecque served as one of the leaders of a multidisciplinary project which examined the use of a diversity of plants to assist in the decontamination of brownfield soil in urban Montreal. In addition to his work in Montreal, he has additional affiliations with the Societe de l’Arbre de Q and the American Public Gardens Association.

Michel Labrecque will be interviewed by Dr. David Michener, Assistant Curator, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, University of Michigan. Dr. Michener also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan and is a member of the University of Michigan Museum Studies Program Steering Committee.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum Studies program, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, the Nichols Arboretum, and the Office of the Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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