Ron Kaufmann

Our September speaker, Ron Kaufmann, will be with us on Zoom on Wednesday September 16, at 7:00PM.  As I mentioned in August, we will be traveling this month as Ron takes us on a virtual trip to see “Diamonds in the Rough: The Orchids of Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil”.

A marine biologist by profession, Ron Kaufmann is Associate Dean and Professor of Environmental and Ocean Sciences at the University of San Diego. His scientific work has included studies in Antarctica and deep-sea ecosystems as well as marine communities in coastal Southern California. He has been growing orchids for nearly 30 years, starting with a reed stem Epidendrum and progressing to a diverse collection that contains mostly species orchids. Ron is also chair of the San Diego County Orchid Society Conservation Committee and a founder and director of the Orchid Conservation Alliance. He travels extensively (in better times) to view and help protect orchids in the wild in Asia and South America. Our guest is a busy man indeed!