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Dr. Ken Cameron is a Professor in the Department of Botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also serves as Chair of Conservation Biology and Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, a collection of more than 1.3 million botanical specimens.  He received his Ph.D. from the UNC-Chapel Hill in 1996 and from 1998-2008 served as a research scientist at The New York Botanical Garden, where he was Director of their Molecular Systematics Laboratory.  In addition to being recognized as the first biologist to use DNA sequence data to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the entire orchid family, Ken is considered an international authority on the systematics of the orchid subfamily Vanilloideae.  His research on Vanilla and its relatives was recognized as the most outstanding paper delivered at the 1996 annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and also by the structural section of the Botanical Society of America in the same year.  In 2011 Timber Press commissioned him to publish Vanilla Orchids: Natural History and Cultivation. His orchid research has been featured within magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, as well as on television (HGTV & NOVA) and radio, but he is also known locally for his research on Wisconsin floristics and other groups of plants.  In 2014 Dr. Cameron was recognized by the American Society of Plant Taxonomist with the Peter Raven Award for Exceptional Botanical Outreach and is a featured speaker to organizations across the USA.

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