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66th Annual Fall Symposium



October 11, 2019 – October 12, 2019

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.Register now...

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65th Annual Fall Symposium



October 12, 2018 – October 13, 2018

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.Register now...

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64th Annual Fall Symposium



October 13, 2017 – October 14, 2017

The Missouri Botanical Garden will host its 64thAnnual Fall Symposium on October 13-14, 2017, entitled “Next Generation Biology: from Species to Ecosystems.” This year’s Symposium brings together a distinguished group of speakers who each have found creative ways to analyze the newly emerging masses of “big data” to address particularly complex problems. Their diverse studies are leading to transformative new insights in our understanding of plant biology and the living world. Our speakers will highlight current approaches that use big data, be they molecular, phenotypic, demographic, geographic, or climatological, to elucidate how genomes are structured, evolve, and direct the development of plant form and function; how plants interact with the vast and scarcely known microbiome that permeates the living world; and how biological communities assemble, interact, and change through time, especially now in response to accelerating climate change. The program promises to be of interest to students of phylogeny and evolution, morphology, development, community ecology, and phytogeography. Register now...

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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".

 

PROGRAM

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

 

SPEAKERS

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.

 

REGISTRATION

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

 

POSTERS

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.

ANNUAL FALL SYMPOSIUM POSTER

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61st Annual Systematics Symposium



October 10, 2014 – October 11, 2014


61th Annual Systematics Symposium 
Missouri Botanical Garden 
October 10, 2014 - October 11, 2014

With support from the National Science Foundation

Integrating Approaches to Macroevolution: Combining Fossils and Phylogeny

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 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reception in Ridgway Center

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 (peter.hoch@mobot.org) 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.

Registration must be accompanied by a $50.00 registration fee, which also covers the cost of refreshments at the Friday mixer and for beverage break, lunch, and reception on Saturday. There will be no dinner on Saturday; the Symposium will conclude following the reception, after which registrants can make their own dinner plans.  Information on local hotels and motels is available to registrants (click on Accommodation, see below). No refunds will be granted after September 22, 2014.

Mail registration form to:
Systematics Symposium 
Missouri Botanical Garden 
P.O. Box 299 
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
For further information, contact: 
Peter Hoch 
Email: peter.hoch@mobot.org
Tel: 314 577 5175 
Fax: 314 577 0820

 


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60th Annual Systematics Symposium



October 11, 2013 – October 12, 2013

60th Annual Systematics Symposium 
Missouri Botanical Garden 
October 11-12, 2013

With support from the National Science Foundation

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

Organizing committee: Peter Hoch, Any Zanne and Peter Stevens

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

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 (peter.hoch@mobot.org) 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.

Registration must be accompanied by a $50.00 registration fee, which also covers the cost of refreshments at the Friday mixer and lunch (but not dinner) on Saturday. The cost of the dinner (including beer/wine reception) on Saturday is $75.00. Information on local hotels and motels is available to registrants (click on Accommodation, see below).

No refunds will be granted after 23 September 2013. There is no guarantee of food being available if you register after 23 September.

 

Mail registration form to:
Systematics Symposium 
Missouri Botanical Garden 
P.O. Box 299 
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299

Or register electronically here!

For further information, contact: 
Peter C. Hoch
Email: peter.hoch@mobot.org
Tel: 314 577 5175 
Fax: 314 577 0820

 

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59th Annual Systematics Symposium



October 12, 2012 – October 13, 2012

59th Annual Systematics Symposium
Missouri Botanical Garden
12-13 October 2012

With support from the National Science Foundation

China
To celebrate the Flora of China project

Organizing committee: P. Mick Richardson and Nicholas Turland

FRIDAY
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Informal mixer in Ridgway Center

SATURDAY
8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Talks in Ridgway Center

Registration must be accompanied by a $50.00 registration fee, which also covers the cost of refreshments at the Friday mixer and lunch (but not dinner) on Saturday. The cost of the dinner on Saturday is an additional $75.00. Information on local hotels and motels is available to registrants (click on Accommodation, see below).

No refunds will be granted after 24 September. There is no guarantee of food being available if you register after 24 September. 

 

Mail registration form to:
Systematics Symposium
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
For further information, contact:
P. Mick Richardson
Email: mick.richardson@mobot.org
Tel: 314 577 5176
Fax: 314 577 0820
 

 


SPACE LIMITS REGISTRATION TO 400; PLEASE REGISTER EARLY

 

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58th Annual Systematics Symposium



October 7, 2011 – October 8, 2011

58th Annual Systematics Symposium
Missouri Botanical Garden
7-8 October 2011

With support from the National Science Foundation

Trees
The title of the symposium is in honor of the declaration by the United Nations that 2011 is the Year of the Tree

Organizing committee: P. Mick Richardson and Amy Zanne

FRIDAY
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Informal mixer in Ridgway Center

SATURDAY
8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Talks in Ridgway Center

Registration must be accompanied by a $50.00 registration fee, which also covers the cost of refreshments at the Friday mixer and lunch (but not dinner) on Saturday. The cost of the dinner on Saturday is an additional $50.00. Information on local hotels and motels is available to registrants (click on Accommodation, see below).

No refunds will be granted after 24 September. There is no guarantee of food being available if you register after 24 September. 

 

Mail registration form to:
Systematics Symposium
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
For further information, contact:
P. Mick Richardson
Email: mick.richardson@mobot.org
Tel: 314 577 5176
Fax: 314 577 0820
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SPACE LIMITS REGISTRATION TO 400; PLEASE REGISTER EARLY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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