Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Department of Botany in collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden with support from the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation:
Avoiding Extinction: Contemporary Approaches to Conservation Science
Forty years ago, the U.S. Endangered Species Act was signed into law. This
landmark piece of legislation was designed to protect plant and animal species
from extinction based on our knowledge of conservation science at the time. The
Act has led to many success stories, primarily due to the growing
sophistication of the conservation science it spurred, but will not be
sufficient on its own to address new conservation goals. With new landmark
conservation legislation unlikely in the near future, how will scientists continue
to move forward in their quest to preserve biodiversity?
The 11th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden, will highlight past efforts and new threats to conservation goals, as well as new approaches underway that promise to safeguard biodiversity both here in the U.S. and around the world. The invited speakers will cover a wide range of endangered organisms, with a special focus on plants, to illustrate the challenges of modern-day conservation science in a rapidly changing world.
Registration and poster abstract submission will begin February 1, 2013.