Lessons from Plants: Insights for Thriving
Dr. Beronda Montgomery will discuss how plant behavior and adaptation in dynamic environments, as well as the relationships that humans have with plants, can offer valuable and disruptive insights for human thriving. Plants experience a kind of sensation that does not require eyes or ears. They distinguish kin, friend, and foe and can respond to ecological competition despite lacking the capacity of fight-or-flight. Plants are capable of transformative behaviors that maximize their chances of survival in a dynamic and sometimes unfriendly environment. Plants take resourceful action in an ever-evolving environment, and our reflection on plant responses offers impactful instructions for community-based care.
- The observation of plants and other biological organisms offer general insights about thriving as individuals and in diverse communities.
- Learn object and practical lessons from intentional reflection on behaviors of plants in community that may inform practices in human communities.
Duke graduate students can access this event sponsored by the Association for Women in Science through Duke's institutional membership, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Advancement. Find information about how to claim your Duke membership to AWIS here.
Professional Development, Self Awareness, Wellbeing