[PCA] "Plants in the Past: Fossils and the Future" - Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, May 18, 2018 - Washington DC

Krupnick, Gary KRUPNICK at si.edu
Tue Feb 13 09:35:01 CST 2018

We are pleased to announce the 16th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium. The Symposium will be held May 18, 2018, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. We are also now accepting abstracts for poster presentations. Space is limited. The abstract deadline is April 13th.

There is no registration fee to attend the Symposium, but attendees must register online. Visit the website<http://botany.si.edu/sbs/> or email sbs at si.edu<mailto:sbs at si.edu> for more information.

Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
May 18, 2018
Washington, D.C.

"Plants in the Past: Fossils and the Future"
Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
In collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden

Present-day plant diversity is remarkably rich and varied, but the vast majority of plant species to have ever lived are now extinct. Knowledge of the past is key to understanding the origins of today's plant diversity and to illuminating the fundamental evolutionary processes that generate biodiversity. The study of prehistoric floras (the fields of paleobotany and paleoecology) also provides key evidence for subjects such as paleozoology, the formation of the Earth's atmosphere, and climate change.

The 16th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden, will explore plants in the past, from their early origins to the more recent rise of the angiosperms. Speakers will address current trends and the future of paleobotanical research. The Symposium coincides with the development of the Natural History Museum's Deep Time exhibit, a major overhaul of the National Fossil Hall, which is scheduled to open to the public in June 2019.

NOTE: Unlike previous years, the Symposium presentations will take place in the Warner Bros. Theater in Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Confirmed Speakers

·         Sir Peter Crane (Oak Spring Garden Foundation)

·         Andrew Leslie (Brown University)

·         Susana Magallón (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

·         Surangi Punyasena (University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

·         Mónica Ramírez-Carvalho (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

·         Selena Y. Smith (University of Michigan)

·         Jonathan Wilson (Haverford College)

Program Schedule:
Friday, May 18

·         9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Lectures and discussion, Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History

·         6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Closing reception and poster session, United States Botanic Garden Conservatory

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