[Taxacom] Reminder: Island Evolution 150 Years After Darwin

Miller, J. Miller at naturalis.nnm.nl
Thu Nov 20 04:10:51 CST 2008


Places still available, please do not forget to register for the:

International Congress

Island Evolution 150 Years After Darwin

www.naturalis.nl/darwin2009 <http://www.naturalis.nl/darwin2009> 

150 Years after Darwin's On the Origin of Species, island evolution is entering a new phase. By habitat fragmentation, we humans create more and more islands, while at the same time, by transporting species from their native biomes, we remove the dispersal barriers that kept habitats isolated.  

To explore the implications of this new era of island evolution, the National Museum of Natural History in Leiden, the Netherlands, together with the Darwin Center for Biogeology in Utrecht, the Netherlands, will organise an international congress on  

"Island Evolution 150 Years After Darwin"

11-13 February 2009
Museum Naturalis
Leiden, the Netherlands 

The meeting will bring together traditional students of island biotas, experimental/theoretical community ecologists, and evolutionary biologists, to explore the role of island-biological processes in a world in which the "island processes" of isolation and dispersal are being drastically altered.

Registration fee: 

Early (before 15 January 2009): € 150 (regular participants); € 100 (students)

Late (15 January 2009 and later): € 175 (regular participants); € 125 (students)

The registration fee covers book of abstracts, ice-breaker, free entry to the museum, lunches, buffet dinner, Darwin Year opening reception, and refreshments.


Registration closes on January 28th, 2009. Abstracts for posters (A0 format, 84 x 119 cm) should be submitted to Jeremy Miller (miller at naturalis.nl <mailto:miller at naturalis.nl> ) before December 15th, 2008.


For more information and registration: http://www.naturalis.nl/darwin2009

Scientific Programme:


Wednesday February 11, 2009


16.00-18.00 Early registration and ice-breaker.


Thursday February 12, 2009


Keynote Address: Mark Lomolino, New York Univ. On the Origin, Evolution and Preservation of Island Life: an Historical and Prospective Overview


Session I. Evolution in Island Systems (organisers: Jeremy Miller & Lars Chatrou)

on: What are evolutionary islands, why are they good model systems for evolutionary studies, and what was Darwin's role in developing island evolutionary biology?

Keynote lecture: Robert Whittaker, Univ. Oxford. Dynamic oceanic island biogeography: development and initial evaluation of a general model

Lecture 1: Peter Linder, Univ. of Zürich on the evolution and diversity of South Africa's Cape flora [exact title to be announced]

Lecture 2: Menno Schilthuizen, Naturalis. Evolution on a block of rock; land snail speciation on limestone outcrops

Lecture 3: Nicole de Voogd & Leontine Becking, Naturalis, and Katja Peijnenburg, Univ. of Amsterdam.  Anchialine lakes: hidden islands within islands



Session II. Evolutionary ecology of isolated ecosystems (organisers: Menno Schilthuizen & Frank Berendse)

on: How do isolated ecosystems function and how do they evolve in the face of extinction and invasion?

Keynote lecture: Peter J. Morin, Rutgers Univ. The ecology and evolution of island communities in a changing world

Lecture 1: José Montoya, Univ. London. Unravelling Darwin's entangled bank: The architecture of ecological fragility

Lecture 2: Han Olff, Groningen Univ. Dynamics of metacommunities and metaecosystems

Lecture 3: Kostas Triantis, Univ. Oxford. Evolutionary species-area curves


Reception and Opening of the Dutch Darwin year programme of events (All conference participants are invited)


Buffet dinner in the restaurant



Friday February 13, 2009


Session III. Evolutionary islands through time (organisers: Frank Wesselingh & Henry Hooghiemstra)

on: To show that island ecosystems are of all times and that the nature, context and extent of evolutionary processes on islands can be gleaned from the fossil record

Keynote lecture: Matthias Harzhauser, Natural History Museum Vienna. Evolutionary lessons from ancient long-lived lakes

Lecture 1: Henry Hooghiemstra, Univ. Amsterdam. Evolution of high tropical Andean endemic floras  

Lecture 2: John de Vos et al. Naturalis. The island ecosystem of the Hobbit

Lecture 3: Isaac Cananovas-Vilar, Institut Català de Paleontologia: Neogene micromammal evolution and turnover between isolation and continuity.


Session IV. Human perspectives of evolutionary islands (organisers: Martien van Oijen & Kenneth Rijsdijk)

on: Is there a future for evolutionary islands? How do island ecosystems respond to the pressures from human society and how does human society respond to the demise of island ecosystems?

Keynote lecture: Tijs Goldschmidt, Amsterdam. Temporary and perpetual effects of unplanned and calculated introductions

Lecture 1: Kenneth Rijsdijk, Naturalis, Leiden and Julian Hume, the Natural History Museum, London. The message of the Dodo

Lecture 2: Frans Witte, Leiden Univ. Lake Victoria, the destruction and evolution of an ecosystem

Lecture 3: Gonçalo Ferraz, Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, Manaus INPA/STRI. Island fragments in the Amazon: a metaphor gone wild


Moderated panel discussion on "The future of evolutionary islands: ecology, evolution, conservation"


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