[PCA] Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, "Transforming 21st Century Comparative Biology using Evolutionary Trees", 20-21 April 2012, Washington, D.C.

Krupnick, Gary KRUPNICK at si.edu
Fri Feb 10 07:30:14 CST 2012

2012 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
20-21 April 2012
National Museum of Natural History

"Transforming 21st Century Comparative Biology using Evolutionary Trees"
In collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden
Supported by the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation

Over the last 20 years great progress has been made toward assembling a phylogeny of life on Earth and our expanding knowledge of evolutionary relationships is transforming 21st century biology. This is especially true in comparative biology where phylogenetic methods and trees - usually based on molecular data which is increasingly of genomics scale - are proving effective tools to reveal new and often unexpected insights into how organisms evolve and adapt to their environments. These advances span new important questions and enable a fresh look at old questions that include: diversification, role of extinction, response to climate change, co-evolution, the influence of genetic architecture on morphological evolution, and patterns of community assembly and interaction.

The 10th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden, will address the question: How do we put the knowledge of evolutionary relationships to work to better describe and understand the diversification of life on Earth? The invited speakers will cover a wide range of organisms and topics to illuminate how molecular phylogenetics can be used to understand evolutionary and ecological processes.

Symposium speakers

*         David D. Ackerly, University of California, Berkeley

*         Charles F. Delwiche, University of Maryland

*         Michael Donoghue, Yale University

*         Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University

*         James W. Horn, National Museum of Natural History

*         Karen Osborn, National Museum of Natural History

*         Richard Ree, The Field Museum

Information and registration at http://botany.si.edu/sbs/
Fax: 202-786-2563 - e-mail: sbs at si.edu<mailto:sbs at si.edu>
Registration is now open

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