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WORKSHOP: Biodiversity Informatics Training
Organizers: Organizers: Robert Guralnick, University of Colorado; Rosemary Gillespie, University of California Berkeley; David Bloom, VERTNET; Walter Jetz, Yale University.

WORKSHOP: Biogeography of Stress
Organizer: Leslie Rissler, University of Alabama.

WORKSHOP: Communicating Biogeography
Organizer: Robert Whittaker, Oxford University.

WORKSHOP: Popular Science Writing
Organizer: Sarah Perrault, University of California, Davis.

WORKSHOP: An Introduction to Bayesian Statistical Analysis
Organizer: Brian Beckage, University of Vermont.

FIELD TRIP (full-day):
Everglades SwampBoat and Swamp Tromp trip

FIELD TRIP (half-day):
Historic Oleta River Canoe Trek
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden


10th & 11th January: SYMPOSIA

       Island biogeography: new syntheses

Organizers: Robert Whittaker & Kostas Triantis

Robert MacArthur and Edward Wilson’s 1963 paper, An Equilibrium Theory of Insular Zoogeography and the subsequent book, The Theory of Island Biogeography, can be seen as the dominant symbols of a transition that took place five decades ago from a ‘static’ to a ‘dynamic’ approach in ecology and biogeography. While some island systems have provided short-term experimental systems, by their nature, the processes underlying biogeographic distributions and evolution on larger more remote islands occur on vast scales of time and space and remain among the most difficult to study and understand. Fifty years after the publication of their paper some of the areas emphasized by MacArthur and Wilson remain relatively unexplored or their promise unfulfilled. Recent advances in island theory demonstrate that we are moving towards a new synthesis, identifying and incorporating aspects of the island systems that were not considered in the past. This symposium will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of An Equilibrium Theory of Insular Zoogeography, bringing together all the recent advancements in the study of the dynamic nature of island systems, looking forward to new syntheses and theories.

Alison Boyer, University of Tennessee, USA
Lenore Fahrig, Carleton University, Canada
François Guilhaumon, University of Évora, Portugal
Larry Heaney, Field Museum, USA
Knud A. Jønsson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jens Olesen, Aarhus University, Denmark

       Beyond Bergmann: New perspectives on the biogeography of traits

Organizers: Adam C. Algar & Nathan G. Swenson

Biogeography has no shortage of mechanistic hypotheses to explain patterns of species diversity or co-occurrence, but no consensus has been reached. The majority of these hypotheses are based on how species interact with their abiotic and biotic environments, yet tests of these hypotheses have traditionally focused on patterns of species richness and composition within and among assemblages. Although biogeographical patterns of species diversity have formed the basis of much biogeographical thought, this approach fails to quantify how species interact with their abiotic and biotic environments (i.e. the actual processes on which most of biogeography’s hypotheses are based). We suggest that focusing on the biogeography of traits, rather than just on the biogeography of species, presents the best chance for biogeographers to identify general processes in the function and structure of communities, species assemblages, and ecosystems across geographical gradients and through evolutionary time.  The proposed set of talks demonstrates the power of recent advances in trait-based biogeography, linking evolutionary and ecological processes to advance our understanding of biogeographical processes acting through and across scales of space and time.

Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Senckenberg Museum, Germany
Folmer Bokma, Umeå University, Sweden
Nathan Kraft, University of Maryland, USA
Jonathan B. Losos, Harvard University, USA
Trevor Price, University of Chicago, USA
Nathan Swenson, Michigan State University, USA


       The convergence of conservation paleontology and biogeography

Organizers: Jenny McGuire & Edward Davis

An historical perspective is essential to explain large-scale biogeographic patterns. The fossil record provides a trove of data on evolutionary history and the responses of populations to past climate change. When fossil data are sufficiently extensive, it is possible to examine changes in species distribution, trait development, and community diversity. Major biogeographic questions currently being addressed using the fossil record include, among others, trait development and rates of change, stability or resilience of community composition to climate and disturbance, understanding the toleration versus migration responses to climate change, selectivity during extinction events, and searching for analogs to future hothouse climates. Many of these questions are made in conjunction and leveraged by phylogenetic data, but many others may only be addressed via the fossil record. This symposium will provide a forum for the most innovative work being done by paleo-biogeographers. Talks will span from Quaternary to Mesozoic time scales with an emphasis on the mammal record.

Jessica Blois, University of California - Merced, USA
Susanne Fritz, Senckenberg Museum, Germany
Rob Guralnick, University of Colorado, USA
Elizabeth Hadly, Stanford University, USA
A. Michelle Lawing, Indiana University, USA
Sara Varela, Charles University, Czech Republic


       Predicting species and biodiversity in a warmer world: are we doing a good job?

Organizers: Antoine Guisan & Niklaus E. Zimmermann

Projections of species ranges and biodiversity patterns into future, possibly non-analog, climates have been dominated so far by the use of correlative approaches, but other, more dynamic approaches are increasingly used and advocated. The challenge now is how to integrate them into ecologically more realistic prediction tools, suitable to process larger species numbers. But how do we do so? The goal of this symposium is to organize a set of talks that: (1) discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches, (2) focus on one or several of these approaches, and (3) highlight how each could be combined with other approaches to overcome weaknesses. The symposium aims at fostering a discussion among IBS members about alternative approaches for modelling biodiversity futures.

Lauren Buckley, University of North Carolina, USA
Yvonne Buckley, University of Queensland/CSIRO Brisbane, Australia
Jim Clark, Duke University, USA
N. Zimmermann & A. Guisan, Swiss Federal Research Institute & U. Lausanne, Switzerland
Richard Pearson, American Museum of Natural History, USA
Jens-Christian Svenning, Aarhus University, Denmark



Please see the link to the list of confirmed talks and posters, above.



Everglades Swamp Boat and Swamp tromp
Fakahatchee Strand Swamp Tromp
Sea Kayak & Snorkel Adventure
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
South Florida Birding Tour