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Humboldt Symposium 2020

February 28 @ 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

 Alexander von Humboldt Symposium 2020

The UF Biodiversity Institute is sponsoring the Humboldt Symposium, in honor of the 250th birthday of Alexander von Humboldt.  The symposium will be in the Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art, on the University of Florida campus, Friday, February 28, 2020, 8:30AM-5:00PM. Leading the symposium are Dr. Pam Soltis, Director of the UF Biodiversity Institute, and Distinguished Professor and Curator, Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics, Florida Museum of Natural History, and Dr. Nico Cellinese, Curator, Herbarium & Informatics, and Affiliate Assoc. Professor, Biology. Guest speakers and presenters are:

Dr. Jonathan Losos, William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor, Washington University, Saint Louis, MO
Dr. Lúcia Garcez Lohmann, Professor, University of Sao Paulo
Dr. Rosemary Gillespie, Professor, University of California Berkeley
Dr. Carmen Ulloa Ulloa, Curator, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO
Dr. Dave Steadman, Florida Museum of Natural History
Dr. Dave Blackburn (Florida Museum of Natural History)
Dr. Ben Baiser, UF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Dr. Bette Loiselle, UF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Maria Cortez, PH.D. Candidate (Department of Biology & Florida Museum of Natural History)
Prabha Amarasinghe, PhD. Candidate and UF Biodiversity Institute Fellow (Department of Biology & Florida Museum of Natural History)
Thomas Smith, Ph.D. Candidate and UF Informatics Institute Fellow (UF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)
Johanna Jantzen, Ph.D. Candidate (Department of Biology & Florida Museum of Natural History)

The Humboldt Symposium is free, but registration is required to make sure there is sufficient seating and refreshments for all to enjoy.

Friday, February 28, 2020, from 8:30AM to 5:00PM

PROGRAM

Alexander von Humboldt Symposium

8:30-8:45         Intro-Pam Soltis and Nico Cellinese

8:45-9:30         Carmen Ulloa (Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO): “In Humboldt’s footsteps: the plant constellation of the Americas” 
9:30-10:00       Dave Steadman (Florida Museum of Natural History): “The World Before, During, and After Humboldt”
10:00-10:15     Maria Cortez (Department of Biology & Florida Museum of Natural History): “Understanding how geography drives phylogenetic patterns in the hyperdiverse campos rupestres”

10:15-10:45    COFFEE BREAK

10:45-11:30     Rosemarie Gillespie (University of California, Berkeley): “Species diversity across island gradients of space and time”
11:30-12:00     Dave Blackburn (Florida Museum of Natural History): “Biodiversity in the Interior Districts of Africa​”
12:00-12:15     Prabha Amarasinghe (Department of Biology & Florida Museum of Natural History):  “New insights into historical biogeography and niche evolution of Memecylon(Melastomataceae)”

12:15-1:30      LUNCH – Florida Museum of Natural History Room 155

1:30-2:15         Jonathan Losos (Washington University, St. Louis, MO): “Islands, continents and evolutionary diversification: a neotropical lizard’s tale”
2:15-2:45         Bette Loiselle (UF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation): “Declining bird populations in the Amazon – what long-term studies reveal about shifting baselines” 
2:45-3:00       Thomas Smith (UF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation): “Following Humboldt’s observations: what can experimental systems tell us about anthropogenic landscape change?”​

3:00-3:30    COFFEE BREAK

3:30-4:15       Lucia Lohman (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil):  “Untangling the history of the Neotropical Biota: A Humboldtian approach”
4:15-4:45       Benjamin Baiser (UF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation): “Intraspecific trait variation and the Latitudinal Diversity Gradient”
4:45-5:00      Johanna Jantzen (Department of Biology & Florida Museum of Natural History): “Investigating geographic drivers of diversification in NeotropicalTibouchina s.s. (Melastomataceae)”

For more information about the Humboldt Symposium, contact Nico Cellinese, 352-273-1979, ncellinese@flmnh.ufl.edu.

The Humboldt Symposium is hosting dinner at the Blue Gill Restaurant. The dinner is free, but registration is required to make sure there is sufficient seating and refreshments for all to enjoy.

Friday, February 28, 2020, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM 

Details

Date:
February 28
Time:
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Venue

Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611 United States
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