Annual Systematics Symposium

61st Annual Systematics Symposium
Integrating Approaches to Macroevolution: Combining Fossils and Phylogeny
October 10-11, 2014

Contact:  Peter Hoch


Friday 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Informal mixer in Monsanto Center
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Scientific program and meals in Ridgway Center
  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Reception in Ridgway Center

Dating clades with little to no fossil record: an example using Valerianaceae (Dipsacales)
    Charles Bell (University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA)

Flying Rocks and Flying Clocks: Fossil and Molecular Evidence for the Timing of Crown Radiation of Birds
    Daniel Ksepka (Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT)

A meta-calibrated diversification study of flowering plants
    Susana Magallón (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, DF, Mexico)

Assessing the fossil record of Asterids in the context of our current phylogenetic framework
    Steven Manchester (Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL)

Tempo and mode of phenotypic evolution in the fossil record
    Graham Slater (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC)

How novel approaches to the fossil record can help to better date phylogenies: examples from monocot flowering plants
    Selena Smith (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)

Molecular and fossil data reveal the coevolutionary dynamics of a bee-orchid mutualism
    Santiago Ramírez (University of California, Davis, CA)

Using more than the oldest fossils - moving from node constraints to the fossilized birth-death process
    Susanne Renner (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany)

Space limits registration to 400; please register early. No refunds will be granted after 22 September 2014. There is no guarantee of a boxed lunch being available if you register after 22 September. Register here


POSTERS! Following a successful inaugural program last 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: 22 September 2014.

For information about visiting Missouri Botanical Garden for research related activities please review our Visitor's Guide.

For information about hotels and restaurants in the area of the Garden please review the Accomodations page.

Honoring Dr. Alan Graham

Dr. Alan Graham

This year's Symposium is dedicated to Dr. Alan Graham, Curator of Paleobotany & Palynology at the Missouri Botanical Garden, for his contributions to our understanding of the geologic history of New World vegetation and ecosystems, on the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2014.

Many of the past Systematics Symposia are available for purchase from Missouri Botanical Garden Press. For a list of the available symposia and their prices, see the web page at or contact or write to: 

MBG Press
Missouri Botanical Garden
PO Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299

Browse MBG Press