From Plant Press, Vol. 17, No. 3, July 2014.
By Gary A. Krupnick
Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History provided the location for a full day of biogeography talks at the 12th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, “Location, Location, Location...New Advances in the Science of Biogeography.” The speakers celebrated the past contributions of biogeography and provided a look toward future ones that bring a deeper understanding of the relationship between our planet and its biota. The invited speakers addressed why “location” matters with a wide range of modern studies and applications on the geography of life.
Held over two days, the Symposium kicked off on April 24, 2014, with a poster session at the Conservatory of the United States Botanic Garden. An international group of 24 presenters displayed their posters and spoke about their research ranging in topics from lichen biodiversity and algae phylogeny, to the evolution of sea slugs and the effects of climate change on plants.
The next day, the Symposium began with opening remarks by Warren L. Wagner, Chair of the Department of Botany. John Kress, the Interim Under Secretary for Science, also welcomed the participants and speakers to the Smithsonian Institution.