California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
Monday September 11
Keying Club 5:00 pm
Presentation 7:30 pm

UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz


Chris Lay
Plants, Insects, and Field Notes:
the Legacy and Future of Randy Morgan's Collections

In addition to being a past president and helping found the Santa Cruz County CNPS Chapter, Randy Morgan (who passed away in June 2017) was one of Santa Cruz's great naturalists and conservationists.

Central to his success as a mentor and advocate for local biodiversity were his extensive local natural history collections and voluminous field notes. With over 100,000 specimens and thousands of pages of field notes, Randy created a vital comprehensive resource for our community now and far into the future. Embedded in his work are detailed glimpses of our diverse plant and insect communities, inspiring stories about discovery and change, philosophical musings both humorous and prophetic, and countless projects for our community to continue to work on. Come and learn more about his collections and how you can get involved.

Chris Lay is the Administrative Director of the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History at UC Santa Cruz where Randy's collections are held. Chris splits his time teaching field-based natural history classes and managing the center's natural history collections. He worked closely with Randy for the last eight years to continue curation of his collections and help publicize the important information associated with each of them.

In the months before Randy died, Chris worked with Randy and a small group of his friends to develop the "Randall Morgan Collections and Santa Cruz Natural History Initiative", which outlines the Norris Center's goals of long term stewardship of his collections and engaging young naturalists in continuing to work on his collections to inform the conservation community now and into the future.