The public is welcome to join the Carteret County Master Gardeners 10 a.m. Feb. 12 when they will be “Exploring Native Coastal Plants of the Carolinas” with Paul Hosier, professor emeritus of botany at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Hosier’s publication, “Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas: A New Guide for Plant Identification and Use in the Coastal Landscape,“ focuses on the beaches, dunes, maritime grasslands, shrub thickets, maritime forests and salt shrub thickets.
The presentation is part of the organization’s annual public education program and will take place at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. The public is invited for refreshments at 9:30 a.m. before the lecture.
In Hosier’s work, he identifies invasive plants, landscaping with native coastal plants, native vegetation and coastal storms. He also addresses climate change and the flora on the coast, provides profiles for a variety of plants and where to view coastal plants and plant communities in the Carolinas, according to information provided by the Master Gardeners.
Hosier has a doctorate from Duke University and is professor emeritus in the Department of biology and marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. After 41 years of teaching at UNCW he retired in 2013 but remains an adjunct professor there. He has researched the impacts of off-road vehicles on shorelines and hurricanes on the vegetation of barrier islands as well as the ecological processes of barrier islands in the southeast.