Registration and poster abstract submission now open.
Smithsonian Botanical Symposium 2014 — Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Department of Botany in collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden with support from the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation:
"Location, Location, Location...New Advances in the Science of Biogeography"
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.
Brian Bowen, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Mauricio Diazgranados, Smithsonian Institution
Erica Goss, University of Florida
Jonathan Price, University of Hawaii at Hilo
Susanne Renner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany
Thursday, April 24
The United States Botanic Garden
6:00 p.m. Opening reception and poster session, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Friday, April 25
NMNH Baird Auditorium
9:00 a.m. Registration and coffee, Evans Gallery (enter through Constitution Avenue lobby)
9:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Invited papers
10:45 a.m. Coffee break, upper level of the Museum Rotunda
12:45 p.m. Lunch break - on your own
NMNH Baird Auditorium
2:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m. Invited papers and discussion
4:00 p.m. Coffee break, upper level of the Museum Rotunda
6:15 p.m. Closing reception, Museum Rotunda
The National Museum of Natural History is located at the intersection of 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW in Washington, D.C. 20560.
The United States Botanic Garden is located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW in Washington, D.C. 20001.
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