[BSW] Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, “Location, Location, Location...New Advances in the Science of Biogeography”, April 24-25, 2014

Krupnick, Gary KRUPNICK at si.edu
Tue Mar 18 08:09:39 CDT 2014

We are pleased to announce the lineup of speakers for the 2014 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium:

·         Brian Bowen, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

·         Mauricio Diazgranados, Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution

·         Erica Goss, University of Florida

·         Jonathan Price, University of Hawaii at Hilo

·         Susanne Renner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany.

·         Rachel Warnock, Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian Institution

·         Ben Winger, University of Chicago and the Field Museum

The deadline to submit abstracts for poster presentations<https://www.mnh.si.edu/admintools/botany/sbsRegistration/poster_submission.cfm> has been extended until March 25.

There will be no registration fee this year, but attendees must register online at botany.si.edu/sbs/<http://botany.si.edu/sbs/>. Visit the website<http://botany.si.edu/sbs/>, call 202-633-0920, or email sbs at si.edu<mailto:sbs at si.edu> for more information.

Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
April 24-25, 2014
Washington, D.C.

“Location, Location, Location...New Advances in the Science of Biogeography”
Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
In collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden
Supported by the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation

The distribution of the earth’s biodiversity is not random in space and time. Individual species ranges and entire ecosystems are uniquely shaped by the intersection of ecological and geographic constraints, opportunity, and evolutionary history. Scientists have long sought to recognize these distribution patterns and to understand their underlying processes. Significant advances have been made in the science of biogeography, which weaves together biology and geosciences, as knowledge of our planet’s geologic history has improved and as new analytical tools and sources of data have become available. We anticipate even greater discoveries and major syntheses in the future and this exciting scientific discipline is more relevant today than ever, especially in the face of global climate change that will drastically reshape the biogeography of life on earth.

The 12th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden, will celebrate the past contributions of biogeography and look toward future ones that bring a deeper understanding of the relationship between our planet and its biota. The invited speakers will address why “location” matters with a wide range of modern studies and applications on the geography of life.

Thursday, April 24
  6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.    Opening Reception and Poster Session, The United States Botanic Garden
Friday, April 25
  9:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m.     Lectures and Discussion, Baird Auditorium, NMNH
  6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.    Closing Reception, Museum Rotunda, NMNH

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