Sunday, April 19, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM, at the Field Museum

Collections at the Forefront of Plant Science

The annual Chicago Plant Science Symposium highlights cutting edge research in plant biology, evolution, ecology, and conservation. Our goal is to bring together the plant science community of the greater Chicago area for a day of interesting lectures and discussion. This spring we will host the fourth annual symposium with a one-day event on Sunday, April 19, 2015 consisting of seven invited speakers. The program will include lunch and a post-conference mixer. Best of all, registration is, as always, free!

The theme of the symposium this year is the use of collections in plant science. We have invited a diverse set of speakers representing a wide range of research topics, with collections, both museum collections and living collections, as the unifying element. The presentations will illustrate the essential nature of collections in modern plant science research. The talks will span plant biology, evolution, and ecology and include perspectives from molecular, morphological, and functional data.


George Weiblen, University of Minnesota
Species discovery and bio-cultural preservation on the rainforest frontier
Ivan Jimenez, Missouri Botanical Garden Exploring mechanisms underlying spatial variation in Neotropical plant diversity
Matt von Konrat, The Field Museum Crowd-sourced science: digitized natural history collections extends its branches to education and outreach
Bob Fahey, The Morton Arboretum Assessing ecotypic, functional-trait, and phylogenetically-based variation in woody plant phenology using Arboretum collections
Rebecca Tonietto, Chicago Botanic Garden Does restoring the prairie restore the bees? Exploring bee community outcomes along a prairie restoration chronosequence
Myla Aronson, Rutgers University Integrating collections and survey data to understand patterns and drivers of urban biodiversity
Nigel Pitman, The Field Museum Population declines, protected area coverage, and extinction risk among Amazonian tree species