From Plant Press, Vol. 17, No. 4, October 2014.
The Island Biology 2014 meeting, an international conference on island evolution, ecology, and conservation, was held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 7 – 11 July 2014. The meeting was organized by Don Drake, Jose Maria Fernandez-Palacios, and Christoph Kueffer. It was attended by nearly 400 people most of whom presented talks or posters. Gary Krupnick and I represented the Smithsonian’s Department of Botany.
The first day of the meeting was dedicated to invited speakers. The remaining four days were full of contributed papers and posters, covering topics as diverse as plant functional traits, predation, vertebrate evolution, plant evolution, biogeography, birds, arthropods, nutrient cycling, and conservation. At the conclusion of the meeting, a group discussion led to the decision to have another meeting in 2-4 years and three potential places were discussed. The organizers of the meeting published a report about the meeting, discussing current developments and future perspectives for island biology, in the journal Biology Letters (10: 20140719; 2014).
There are too many people in the photo to identify, but a few individuals with ties to the Department of Botany can be pointed out. I am on the far right about four rows back. To my right is Robert Whittiker (editor of the Journal of Biogeography), and on his right is Cliff Morden (Hawaiian botanist, UH faculty). On my left is Michael Kiehn (Director of the Vienna Botanical Garden). In the front row fifth from the right is Marian Chau, former postdoctoral fellow of mine while I was on sabbatical at UH. The third person to her right is Haldre Rogers, former intern of mine and now a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University doing field work in Guam. In the middle wearing a red shirt is Jonathan Price, former postdoctoral fellow of Warren Wagner and now an Associate Professor at UH, Hilo. Seated on the steps and holding bags are Peter and Rosemary Grant, well-known Pacific biologists who have visited here and published extensively on Darwin’s finches. In the middle at the back, taller than the others and in a light blue shirt, is Robert Ricklefs, well-known phylogeographer and husband of former Smithsonian postdoctoral fellow Susanne Renner. In the front wearing a lei is Don Drake, the local organizer, UH faculty member, and colleague of several Smithsonian staff. Behind Drake’s left shoulder is Jose Maria Fernandez-Palacios, the organizer from the Canary Islands. If you look closely you may find others that have passed through the Smithsonian doors.