So I attended general lectures and technical papers, read posters, looked at the books the publishers brought and, of course, talked to people.
spring wildflower of eastern North American forests
|a beardtongue, genus Penstemon|
271 species, their relationships slowly untangling
|chickweed, Stellaria (carnation family, Caryophyllaceae)|
with native species in China, Chile and Colorado...and many others
|bergamot, Monarda, North American mint|
|Minnesota forest scene|
I left full of ideas, with papers to look up and read, websites to check out, personal projects to consider...for a plant geek, a great time.
|I even got the button|
Citizen Science - Progress in science need not be left to people who do it full time. Many of the things we want to know need lots of observations that can be contributed on a part time basis, like the invaluable observations of the owners of what is now Mohonk Preserve
Here are some lists of projects:
National Geographic link
The Nature Conservancy link
A few websites based on collaborative studies of plants
Mint genome project, Lamiaceae link
Tomato family studies Solanaceae link
Grasses, Poaceae link
Melastomataceae page link
Morning glories and bindweeds Convolvulaceae link
Papers from the meeting
Dedanna, R., G. Barboza and S.D. Smith. Tracing the evolution of the inflated calyx syndrome in the Physaloids (Solanaceae)
Feldsine, N. Potential phenological shifts of first bloom dates in southern New York: using long-term phenology data to understand local effects of climate change
Kramer, E., Y. Min, M. Edwards, C. Meaders, E. Ballerini and S Hodges. Exporing the genetic basis of floral novelty in Aquilegia
Lamprey, J. Role of river watersheds on diversification and endemism in native plant species: A phylogeographic study of Trillium lancifolium (Melanthiaceae)
Pusey, J. and many coauthors. Long-term (100 year) trends in monarch butterfly and milkwee (Asclepias) abundance estimated from natural history collections
Ragsac, A., P. Fabre, T. Sarkinen, R.Olmstead. Phylogeny of Tecomeae (Bignoniaceae): a global tribe of Neotropical origin.
Sharples, M. Inferring the biogeographical history of the cosmopolitan Angiosperm genus Stellaria L.
Struwe, L., R. Setubal, C. Frasier and J. Molina. Toxic Story: Phylogeny and classification of Stychnos (Loganiaceae)
White, D. and R. Mason-Garner. Phylogeographic analysis of the domestication of coca (Erthroxylum spp.)
Xiang, C., G. Hu, B. Drew, A. Takano, D. Soltis, P. Soltis and H. Peng. Molecular phylogeny and taxonomy of East Asiatic Salvia (Lamiaceae, Nepetoideae)
Papers at meetings are expected to be new work, not previously published, so you won't find these online yet. But generally the research groups have web pages where you can get more information.
Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist
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