[BSW] Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, "Transforming 21st Century Comparative Biology using Evolutionary Trees", 20-21 April 2012, Washington, D.C. (fwd)

Kathy Bilton kathy at fred.net
Fri Feb 10 14:06:35 GMT 2012

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Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 08:30:14 -0500
From: "Krupnick, Gary" <KRUPNICK at si.edu>

2012 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium

20-21 April 2012

National Museum of Natural History

“Transforming 21st Century Comparative Biology using Evolutionary Trees”

In collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden

Supported by the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation

Over the last 20 years great progress has been made toward assembling a
phylogeny of life on Earth and our expanding knowledge of evolutionary
relationships is transforming 21st century biology. This is especially true
in comparative biology where phylogenetic methods and trees – usually based
on molecular data which is increasingly of genomics scale – are proving
effective tools to reveal new and often unexpected insights into how
organisms evolve and adapt to their environments. These advances span new
important questions and enable a fresh look at old questions that include:
diversification, role of extinction, response to climate change,
co-evolution, the influence of genetic architecture on morphological
evolution, and patterns of community assembly and interaction.
The 10th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany
and the United States Botanic Garden, will address the question: How do we
put the knowledge of evolutionary relationships to work to better describe
and understand the diversification of life on Earth? The invited speakers
will cover a wide range of organisms and topics to illuminate how molecular
phylogenetics can be used to understand evolutionary and ecological

Symposium speakers

·         David D. Ackerly, University of California, Berkeley

·         Charles F. Delwiche, University of Maryland

·         Michael Donoghue, Yale University

·         Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University

·         James W. Horn, National Museum of Natural History

·         Karen Osborn, National Museum of Natural History

·         Richard Ree, The Field Museum

Information and registration at http://botany.si.edu/sbs/

Fax: 202-786-2563 – e-mail: sbs at si.edu

Registration is now open


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