63rd Annual Fall Symposium

October 7, 2016 – October 8, 2016

The 2016 Symposium will present contemporary perspectives on the science, technology, and human dimensions of the rapidly expanding field of ecological restoration. In the post-COP21 world, when all three UN Conventions call for scaling up and mainstreaming of ecological restoration, it is clear that restoration programs will affect hundreds of millions of hectares – and as many people – over the coming decades. At the same time, we find ourselves in an era of unprecedented change where climate, ecological baselines, and future land-use changes are highly uncertain. This symposium will address key questions including: How are restoration ecologists, practitioners, and policy makers addressing these challenges? And what do these challenges mean for countries striving to meet ambitious restoration targets? In addition to featuring an outstanding slate of speakers, the Symposium will be moderated by Paddy Woodworth, author of "Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century".



MODERATOR: Paddy Woodworth (Dublin, Ireland)

Annual Fall Symposium Schedule

Friday, October 7

7:00-9:00 p.m.Informal mixer in Reception Hall, Monsanto Research Center

Saturday, October 8

8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Scientific program, vendors, posters, and meals in Ridgway Center, Missouri Botanical Garden

Scientific Program (Shoenberg Theater):  Paddy Woodworth, moderator

8:30 a.m.Peter Wyse Jackson: Welcome and opening comments
8:40 a.m.J. Leighton Reid: Introduction to the Program
8:50 a.m.J. Leighton Reid: Achieving longevity in ecological restoration
9:30 a.m.Robin Chazdon: Landscape restoration, natural regeneration, and the forests of the future
10:10 a.m.Coffee break, visiting vendors, viewing posters, Orthwein Hall
10:40 a.m.Karen Holl: Research directions in neotropical forest restoration
11:20 a.m.Pedro Brancalion: Linking science, technology, policy, and best practice
12:00 p.m.Lunch, visiting vendors, poster session, Orthwein Hall
1:30 p.m.Barney Lipscomb: Delzie Demaree Award Presentation
1:40 p.m.Curt Meine: Restoration and novel ecosystems: priority or paradox?
2:20 p.m.James Aronson: Historically-based reference ecosystems help guide large-scale restoration work in a rapidly changing biosphere
3:00 p.m.Coffee break, visiting vendors, viewing posters, Orthwein Hall
3:40 p.m.Don Falk (Keynote): From restoration to resilience ecology
4:20 p.m.Paddy Woodworth, moderator for Panel Discussion with all speakers
5:00 p.m.James Aronson: Closing Remarks
5:10 p.m.Reception – Spoehrer Plaza/Monsanto Hall



James Aronson (Missouri Botanical Garden) – Historically-based reference ecosystems help guide large-scale restoration work in a rapidly changing biosphere.
Pedro Brancalion (University of São Paulo) – Linking science, technology, policy, and best practice.
Robin Chazdon (University of Connecticut) – Landscape restoration, natural regeneration, and forests of the future.
Donald Falk (Keynote) (University of Arizona) – From Restoration to Resilience Ecology.
Karen Holl (University of California, Santa Cruz) – Research directions in Neotropical Forest Restoration.
Curt Meine (Center for Humans and Nature/Aldo Leopold Foundation) – Restoration and novel ecosystems: priority or paradox?
J. Leighton Reid (Missouri Botanical Garden) – Achieving Longevity in Ecological Restoration.



Register here! Registration is open for the 63th Annual Fall Symposium.



Symposium registrants, especially students and post-doctoral scientists, may contribute posters that will be displayed during the Symposium. Posters on the topic of restoration ecology are strongly encouraged and will be given preference, but posters on other topics in systematics, evolution, ecology, and conservation will be considered if space allows. Posters should be no more than 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 (peter.hoch@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: 26 September 2016.



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