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Behind the Scenes in the NTBG Conservation Seed Bank
Join the manager of NTBG's seed bank and lab Dustin Wolkis on a virtual tour. Find out how research in the seed bank helps conserve hundreds of Hawaii's most endangered plants. Learn how massive seed collecting helps secure the future of Hawaii's foundational Ohia forests threatened by pathogenic fungi.

Sep 30, 2021 12:00 PM in Hawaii

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Dustin Wolkis
Seed Bank & Laboratory Manager @NTBG
As Seed Bank and Laboratory Manager at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Dustin specialize in ex situ seed conservation biology with an emphasis on seed and pollen storage behavior, seed longevity and aging kinetics, seed borne pathogen abatement, and seed dormancy and dormancy alleviation of native Hawaiian plant species of conservation importance. His research aims to understand how seeds respond to desiccation and subfreezing temperatures, identifying regeneration intervals, and determining optimal seed propagation techniques. Dustin holds and MSc in Plant Biology and Conservation from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing a PhD degree at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, focused on changing the seed banking paradigm using Hawaiian lobeliads as a model system.