From Plant Press, Vol. 18, No. 4, October 2015.
By Monica Carlsen, with contributions from Laurence Dorr, Paul Peterson and Jun Wen
During the week of July 25-30, the city of Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada welcomed more than 1,600 botanists and mycologists for Botany 2015, the annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America and 13 other similar Canadian and international societies. Very pleasant 60°F sunny summer days and spectacular views of the North Saskatchewan River valley greeted us at the Shaw Conference Centre, a former coal mine from the 1800s. The place is now transformed into a convention center with big halls and smaller lectures rooms, as well as steep stairs that served as our daily workout when trying to run from one talk to the next.
The Botany Department of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History was well-represented at the conference by curators Laurence Dorr, Ashley Egan, Paul Peterson, Laurence Skog, Warren Wagner, Jun Wen and Kenneth Wurdack, along with Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow Monica Carlsen and botanical illustrator Alice Tangerini, as well as many former Smithsonian scientists and collaborators. More than 600 talks and over 500 posters included a variety of topics from agronomy to paleobotany, biogeography to phylogenomics, and everything else in between.