Conversations with Cal Poly Authors: Matt Ritter

Friday Feb 03 2012   10:00 AM
Cal Poly, Kennedy Library, Room 111H  1 Grand St., San Luis Obispo, CA  map

Matt Ritter, author of A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us, will give a lecture followed by a conversation with Enrica Lovaglio Costello as part of the series, “Conversations with Cal Poly Authors.” There will be a book sale and signing after the program.

Free and open to the public; for more information visit

Matt RitterMatt Ritter studies cultivated trees and trees that escape cultivation. He has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a Ph.D. in plant development biology. He is currently a botany professor in the biological sciences department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and director of the plant conservatory there. He has authored numerous scientific papers about plants and contributed to botanical references including the upcoming second edition of the Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California and the Flora of North America Project. He holds a Kenan Fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, is the Ray Collett Visiting Scholar at the UC Santa Cruz arboretum, teaches for the Organization of Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, and is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee. Visit his website at: