Sunday, April 8, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM, at the Field Museum

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The role of indigenous knowledge in biodiversity science

We are pleased to announce the eighth year of the annual Chicago Plant Science Symposium. This series is designed bring together the plant science community of the greater Chicago area for a one day symposium that highlights the cutting edge of research in plant evolution, ecology, and conservation. The program will include lunch and a post-conference mixer. Best of all, registration is free!

The theme of the symposium this year is “The role of indigenous knowledge in biodiversity science.” In this symposium, we bring together researchers who are bridging the gap between traditional biodiversity knowledge and western science. The Convention on Biological Diversity, Article 8, recognizes the importance of conserving traditional knowledge about biodiversity, which is often under threat from the same forces that endanger biodiversity itself. The talks in this symposium highlight efforts to engage collaboratively with traditional knowledge. Such collaborations have the potential to both enrich our understanding and build research capacity in the places where biodiversity is under greatest threat. 


Elliot Gardner, The Morton Arboretum. Integrating indigenous and Western taxonomies in phylogenetics: an example from a Bornean tree crop (Artocarpus odoratissimus, Moraceae)

Eve Emshwiller and Lauren Moscoe, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Indigenous knowledge and molecular data together contribute to conservation of an Andean crop

Rachel Meyer, University of California - Los Angeles. Crop domestication to landscape domestication through the view of historic community travel and relations 

Christopher Dunn, Cornell University and Cornell Botanic Gardens. Biocultural diversity and conservation: a new imperative for botanic gardens

Theresa Miller, The Field Museum. Plant Kin: Indigenous Biodiversity Categorization, Conservation, and Care in Brazil

Dr. David C. Michener, University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum; 
  and Elder Sydney Martin, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi IndiansAnishinabe Heritage Seeds and Collaborative Garden

Robert Blanchette, University of Minnesota. Historic collections reveal indigenous knowledge of medicinal and cultural uses of forest fungi