Annual Fall Symposium

66th Annual Fall Symposium

The Origins and Maintenance of Neotropical Biodiversity

Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis, Missouri

October 11-12, 2019

Organizing committee: Monica Carlsen, James Miller and Sebastian Tello

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The Missouri Botanical Garden will host its 66th Annual Fall Symposium on October 11-12, 2019, entitled “The Origins and Maintenance of Neotropical Biodiversity.” The American tropics might be the most biodiverse region in the planet. Scientists are still putting together the pieces of the puzzle that explains this mega-diversity. This year’s Symposium brings together a distinguished group of speakers actively working to further our understanding of the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms responsible for the generation and maintenance of species diversity in the Neotropics. The symposium will integrate approaches across scales, from large-scales studies on the diversification and evolution of clades, to local-scale research on species interactions. The program will be of interest to students of systematics, phylogeny, evolution, and conservation.

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Speakers

Bob Ricklefs, Ph.D.
 
Drivers of Geographic Variation in Biodiversity
Bob Ricklefs, Ph.D.
University of Missouri,
St. Louis, MO
 
Brian Sedio, Ph.D.
 
Can metabolomics reveal the chemical niches thought to generate and maintain diversity in forest tree communities?
Brian Sedio, Ph.D.
University of Texas,
Austin, TX
 
Christopher Dick, Ph.D.
 
History and geography of Neotropical tree diversity
Christopher Dick, Ph.D.
University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Liza Comita, Ph.D.
 
Species interactions and the maintenance of tropical tree diversity
Liza Comita, Ph.D.
Yale University,
New Haven, CT
 
Natalia Umaña, Ph.D.
 
Plant diversity along environmental gradients: insights from functional ecology
Natalia Umaña, Ph.D.
University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Mark Bush, Ph.D.
 
To be determined
Mark Bush, Ph.D.
Florida Institute of Technology,
Melbourne, FL
 
Joel Cracraft, Ph.D.
 
The impact of Earth history on diversification of the Amazonian biota: toward an integrated synthesis
Joel Cracraft, Ph.D.
American Museum of Natural History,
New York, NY
 
Laura Lagomarsino, Ph.D.
 
To be determined
Laura Lagomarsino, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University,
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Registration

Register now! Registration is open for the 66th Annual Fall Symposium. Deadline for registration: 8 October 2019. Late registration could be processed in person at the event, on Saturday October 11th.

Posters

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; we prefer and encourage 2' x 3'). Materials may be secured to poster boards with push-pins, which will be provided. Abstracts for the posters should be sent to Monica Carlsen (monica.carlsen@mobot.org) 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: 29 September 2019.

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Past Symposia

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