Annual Fall Symposium

65th Annual Fall Symposium

Biota of North America: what we know, what we don’t know and what we’re losing

Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis, Missouri

October 12-13, 2018

Organizing committee: Monica Carlsen, Aaron Floden,
Peter Hoch, and James Miller

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The Missouri Botanical Garden will host its 65th Annual Fall Symposium on October 12-13, 2018, entitled “Biota of North America: what we know, what we don’t know and what we’re losing.” This year’s Symposium brings together a distinguished group of speakers actively working on increasing our understanding of species diversity and ecological interactions in North American ecosystems, as well the most pressing conservation issues they face. A surprising number and variety of North American species are quietly disappearing, yet scientists have only catalogued a small proportion of the total diversity of organisms. Our speakers will highlight the current status of our knowledge of North American species, showcase important ecological interactions at risk, and provide a perspective on future conservation actions. The program will be of interest to students of systematics, phylogeny, evolution, and conservation.


Steffi Ickert-Bond, Ph.D.

Systematics meets ecology, paleontology and genomics at the crossroads of Beringia - the Flora of Alaska
Steffi Ickert-Bond, Ph.D.
University of Alaska,
Fairbanks, AK

Jason Knouft, Ph.D.

Sensitivity of North American freshwater systems to changes in climate
Jason Knouft, Ph.D.
Saint Louis University,
St. Louis, MO

Andrew Hipp, Ph.D.

Diversity and diversification of the North American oaks
Andrew Hipp, Ph.D.
The Morton Arboretum,
Lisle, IL

Bruce Baldwin, Ph.D.

Fine-scale to flora-wide phylogenetic perspectives on Californian plant diversity, endemism, and conservation
Bruce Baldwin, Ph.D.
Jepson Herbarium
University of California,
Berkeley, CA

Jennifer Lau, Ph.D.

To be determined
Jennifer Lau, Ph.D.
Michigan State University,
Hickory Corners, MI

Krissa Skogen, Ph.D.

The unsung heroes and villains of the night – nocturnal pollination and herbivory in the evening primrose family, Onagraceae
Krissa Skogen, Ph.D.
Chicago Botanic Garden,
Chicago, IL

Alan Weakley, Ph.D.

The rich and diverse flora of the unglaciated southeastern United States – What we still don’t know and why it matters
Alan Weakley, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina Herbarium,
Chapel Hill, NC

Jorge Soberón, Ph.D.

The National Biodiversity Information System of Mexico. Cooperation and applications
Jorge Soberón, Ph.D.
University of Kansas,
Lawrence, KS


Register now! Registration is open for the 65th Annual Fall Symposium. Deadline for registration: 11 October 2018.


Symposium registrants, especially students and post-doctoral scientists, may contribute posters that will be displayed during the Symposium; if demand exceeds the space available, some contributions may not be accepted, so early submissions are encouraged. Posters should not exceed 4 x 4 ft (1.21 x 1.21 m). Materials may be secured to poster boards with push-pins, which will be provided. Abstracts for the posters should be sent to Peter Hoch ( for consideration; you must be registered for Symposium in order for your abstract/poster to be considered. We will post abstracts on the Symposium website and include them in the printed program at the Symposium. Deadline for submission: 30 September 2018.

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