Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Saturday, April 7th, 2018
Doors open at 11:30am, lunch at noon.
Radisson Suites Tucson, 6555 E. Speedway Blvd. 

Guest Speaker:  Theodore H. Fleming

 Theodore H. Fleming Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Miami

Theodore H. Fleming Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Miami

I have been a professional biologist for over 50 years. For most of my career I have studied ecological interactions between seed- and/or pollen-dispersing phyllostomid bats and their food plants in Latin America. My seed dispersal studies were conducted in tropical forests in Costa Rica between 1970 and 1986. My pollen dispersal studies were conducted in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and Arizona between 1989 and 2000; my graduate students conducted parallel studies in Curacao, Venezuela, and Peru. My students and I studied the evolution of phyllostomid bats in the West Indies between 2000 and 2006. My current research involves the use of hummingbird feeders by nectar bats in southern Arizona, and the ecology and evolution of tropical vertebrate-plant mutualistic interactions (i.e., pollination and seed dispersal) world-wide.   

I have been professionally employed by the Smithsonian Institution (1966-67), the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1969-78), and the University of Miami (1978-2008). I have directed the theses or dissertations of 22 graduate students and have won several national awards for my research. I have long been associated with the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) and served as its president in 2001. I have authored/co-authored over 150 publications and eight books, including “The Ornaments of Life: Coevolution and Conservation in the Tropics (University of Chicago Press, 2013; co-authored with W. John Kress) and “No Species is an Island: Bats, Cacti, and Sonoran Desert Secrets” (University of Arizona Press, 2017).  My wife and I live in Tucson, AZ near our daughter and her family.   

I’ve always had an interest in art and have used photography as a creative outlet for this for many years. I’ve become deeply involved in digital photography and digital art in retirement. I’ve enjoyed being a member of Club Camera Tucson and served as its president in 2010-12. My photo website is:


Annual Meeting Sign Up 


(List of volunteers hitting 100+ hrs is posted in the Friends warehouse hallway by Libby & Jeanette's offices)

                                                     Chicken: Sauteed Chicken Breast with Choice of Champagne Chive Butter Sauce
                                                     Beef: Roasted Tomato Marinara, Ground Beef and Italian Sausage, Italian cheeses, Tender Pasta
                                                     Vegetarian: Tortellini Pasta in Marinara Sauce, Blushed with Cream, Parmesan Cheese