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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">We are pleased to announce the lineup of speakers for the 2014 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium:<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Brian Bowen, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Mauricio Diazgranados, Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Erica Goss, University of Florida<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Jonathan Price, University of Hawaii at Hilo<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Susanne Renner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Rachel Warnock, Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian Institution<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Ben Winger, University of Chicago and the Field Museum<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">The deadline to submit <a href="https://www.mnh.si.edu/admintools/botany/sbsRegistration/poster_submission.cfm">
abstracts for poster presentations</a> has been extended until March 25.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">There will be <u>no</u> registration fee this year, but attendees must register online at
<a href="http://botany.si.edu/sbs/">botany.si.edu/sbs/</a>. Visit the <a href="http://botany.si.edu/sbs/">
website</a>, call 202-633-0920, or email <a href="mailto:sbs@si.edu">sbs@si.edu</a> for more information.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.5in"><b><span style="color:black">Smithsonian Botanical Symposium<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.5in"><b><span style="color:black">April 24-25, 2014<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.5in"><b><span style="color:black">Washington, D.C.<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.5in"><b><a href="http://botany.si.edu/sbs/">http://botany.si.edu/sbs/</a><o:p></o:p></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.5in"><span style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="color:black">“Location, Location, Location...New Advances in the Science of Biogeography”<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:black">Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:black">In collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:black">Supported by the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-autospace:none"><span style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-autospace:none"><span style="color:black">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.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:black"> <br>
The 12<sup>th</sup> 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.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="color:black">Thursday, April 24 <o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:black">  6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.    Opening Reception and Poster Session, The United States Botanic Garden<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="color:black">Friday, April 25             <o:p>
</o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:black">  9:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m.     Lectures and Discussion, Baird Auditorium, NMNH<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:black">  6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.    Closing Reception, Museum Rotunda, NMNH<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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