Annual Systematics Symposium

60th Annual Systematics Symposium
October 11-12, 2013
With support from the National Science Foundation
Organizing committee: Peter Hoch, Amy Zanne and Peter Stevens

Phylogeny meets Ecology: patterns of diversity, community assembly, and niche evolution


Friday 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Informal mixer in Ridgway Center
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Scientific program and meals in Ridgway Center

Exploring the evolution of a very old and widespread angiosperm clade
     Jeremy Beaulieu (NIMBioS, University of Tennessee)

Integrating ecology and phylogenetics: the deep footprint of evolution on modern-day communities
     Jeannine Cavender-Bares (University of Minnesota)

Predicting phenology from phylogeny
     Jonathan Davies (McGill University)

Integrating phylogeny, spatial scale and ecology to understand the causes and consequences of plant invasions
     Tiffany Knight (Washington University)

An exploration of pattern and process in the evolutionary history of the mycorrhizal symbiosis
     Hafiz Maherali (University of Guelph)

Alien encounters of the floral kind: deconstructing Darwin's Naturalization Hypothesis
     Dave Tank (University of Idaho)

The evolutionary and ecological assembly of a tropical flora along an elevational gradient in the Andes
     Sebastián Tello (Missouri Botanical Garden)

It's getting cold out there: Evolution of freezing tolerance and growth form in angiosperms
     Amy Zanne (The George Washington University)


Space limits registration to 400; please register early. No refunds will be granted after 23 September 2013. There is no guarantee of food being available if you register after 23 September. Register here


POSTERS! As a new element this year, we are soliciting posters that will be displayed during the Symposium; posters focused on the topic of this year’s symposium are strongly encouraged, but posters on other topics in systematics, evolution, ecology, and conservation will be considered. Posters should fit onto bulletin boards 4 x 4 ft (1.21 x 1.21 m). Materials may be secured to bulletin boards with push-pins, which will be provided. All posters will be on display for the duration of the Symposium. Abstracts should be sent to Peter Hoch ( for consideration; due to space constraints, not all posters may be accepted; only abstracts/posters from Symposium registrants will be considered. We plan to post the poster abstracts on the Symposium website and to distribute as a printout at the Symposium. Deadline for submission: 23 September 2013.

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