Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
May 20, 2016
Space is limited. The abstract deadline is April 13th. There is no registration fee to attend the Symposium, but attendees must register online. Visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Bats, Bees, Birds, Butterflies and Bouquets: New Research in Pollination Biology”
Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
In collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden
Supported by the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation
The act of pollination, transferring pollen from one flower to another, remains one of the most ecologically important interactions between plant and animal. It allows plants to produce seed and reproduce, and it provides pollen, nectar and other rewards to the animals that visit the flowers. Pollination is a keystone function of most terrestrial ecosystems, and an estimated 87 percent of flowering plants depend on animal pollination. Plant-pollinator interactions have led to the evolutionary diversification of major groups of both plants and animals. A diverse plate of foods for humans is a result of pollination as well: one out of every three bites of food we eat is the result of an animal pollinating a plant. Yet recent evidence shows that pollinator abundance and diversity is on the decline. What does the threat to the health of pollinators hold for the future of native plant populations and agriculture? Will plant and pollinator populations adapt to a changing climate, invasive species, and habitat loss?
The 14th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden, will highlight current research in pollination biology, from plant physiology and ecology to evolution and animal behavior. New approaches to the study of plant-animal interactions may provide promise to safeguard biodiversity both here in the U.S. and around the world. The invited speakers will cover a wide range of approaches to illustrate the challenges in plant-pollinator relationships in a rapidly changing world.
Sam Droege - USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Candace Galen - University of Missouri
Matthew Koski - University of Virginia
Tatyana Livshultz - Drexel University
Nathan Muchhala - University of Missouri-St. Louis
Robert Raguso - Cornell University
David Roubik - Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Friday, May 20
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Lectures and Discussion, Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Closing Reception and poster session, United States Botanic Garden