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Thursday, January 14, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Zoom Meeting will open at 6:45pm. Please contact Amy Ritchie Johnson ( for login information.
Slate of Candidates for Election
The following members are proposed for election or reelection to the VNPS Pocahontas Chapter Board of Directors.

  • President: Vacant
  • Vice-President: Amy Ritchie Johnson  
  • Secretary: Ashley Moulton  
  • Treasurer: Alli Baird  
  • Newsletter Editor: Richard Moss  
Program: The Surprising Pollination Biology of Virginia’s Native Azaleas
Mary Jane Epps will share recent discoveries and ongoing efforts to explore the surprising pollination biology of Virginia’s native azaleas (Rhododendron Sp.).  
Mary Jane Epps is an assistant professor of biology at Mary Baldwin University, where she teaches botany, ecology, and conservation biology. Following a bachelor’s degree at Duke University she earned a PhD studying fungal-insect interactions at the University of Arizona in 2012, and completed postdoctoral research at NC State University in 2015. As an ecologist with a strong emphasis on natural history, especially in a Virginia context, her research explores various interactions between plants, fungi, and insects. In addition, some of her current projects also investigate underexplored areas of Virginia’s biodiversity, such as the little-known arthropod fauna of groundwater ecosystems.

Mary Jane Epps - Mary Baldwin University

Dr. Mary Jane Epps
From the PBS Nature Episode Sex, Lies and Butterflies (4/4/2018)


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