[Taxacom] Taxacom Digest, Vol 50, Issue 4

Havran, J. Christopher havran at campbell.edu
Wed May 5 12:11:39 CDT 2010

Well, Jack did give Hurley that little air tank thingie.  That seems
good enough for TV.

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Today's Topics:

   1. M.S. position in molecular plant systematics (David Tank)
   2. Endangered populations in Gulf of Mexico (Kenneth Kinman)
   3. Overview / Reviews of Bird Phylogeny and Biology (Scott LaGreca)
   4. conference announcement BioSystematics Berlin 2011 (Ohl, Michael)


Message: 1
Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 19:11:56 -0700
From: David Tank <dtank at uidaho.edu>
Subject: [Taxacom] M.S. position in molecular plant systematics
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M.S. position in molecular plant systematics at the University of Idaho

The Tank lab (http://www.phylodiversity.net/dtank) at University of  
Idaho is seeking to fill a position for a M.S. student to pursue  
research in molecular plant systematics to begin August 2010.  While  
receiving graduate training in molecular plant systematics, the  
student will act as a herbarium assistant in the Stillinger Herbarium
) helping to coordinate a large digitization project focused on  
imaging and databasing Idaho vascular plant collections.

Applicants should have a strong interest in plant systematics and be  
working towards a career or further degree involving collections based  
research, phylogenetics, taxonomy, and/or evolutionary biology.

Applications should include: 1) a cover letter indicating specific  
interest in this position, 2) a general statement of research  
interests and experience, and 3) a CV, including names and contact  
information for at least three references.  Interested applicants  
should send materials to Dr. David Tank (dtank at uidaho.edu).

The student selected for this position will be required to  
successfully enroll as a graduate student in the College of Natural  
Resources at the University of Idaho.  For information about policies  
and entrance requirements pertaining to university admission see:

David C. Tank, Assistant Professor
Director, Stillinger Herbarium
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
PO Box 441133
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1133

208.885.7033 (office)
208.885.8012 (lab)
208.885.6564 (fax)
dtank at uidaho.edu


Message: 2
Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 21:36:01 -0500
From: kennethkinman at webtv.net (Kenneth Kinman)
Subject: [Taxacom] Endangered populations in Gulf of Mexico
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Dear All,          
      Does anyone have an opinion on the most vulnerable population of
any species from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill?    The media seems to
have concentrated on birds, especially least terns and brown pelicans.
However, these actually seem to be vulnerable/threatened subspecies, not
threatened full species (perhaps as opposed to full species of reptiles,
amphibians, or invertebrates or many plants) so I wonder if human's
particular love-affair with birds skews our concern with species most at
risk in this situation.                        
        So my question is whether there are other populations,
particularly full species which are even more vulnerable to the oil
spill.  Not that I am downplaying the threat to those particular bird
subspecies, but are there species of other organisms (non-birds) that
are even more threatened by this oil spill?  
         ---------Ken Kinman


Message: 3
Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 09:31:21 -0400
From: "Scott LaGreca" <SLaGreca at berkshiremuseum.org>
Subject: [Taxacom] Overview / Reviews of Bird Phylogeny and Biology
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Dear Colleagues,
Our museum is gearing up for a special exhibition on Birds next year. 
I am the natural history staff member here, so I'm responsible for the
scientific content of this exhibition. I want it to be stellar! 
My training is in botany, however, so I'm at a bit of a disadvantage
Can anyone please direct me to some well-received, *recent* overviews /
review papers (or websites, or other resources) on the following
1. Bird Phylogeny
2. Bird Morphology (in relation to Bird Phylogeny, of course)
3. Bird Ecology.
The most important paper (or group of papers) I need is one on bird
phylogeny. My training is in systematics, so I would love to feature a
well-illustrated, clear diagram of bird phylogeny as one the panels of
our special exhibition. I can work with our graphics people on this (to
make it "friendly" to our general, non-scientific visitor...) but I need
a starting point...
Thanks in advance for any help you can give!
Best wishes,

Scott LaGreca, PhD 
Natural Science Coordinator 
Berkshire Museum 
39 South Street 
Pittsfield, MA  01201  USA 
TEL 413-443-7171, ext. 17 
FAX 413-443-2135 
slagreca at berkshiremuseum.org 

Armed & Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal, curated by and drawn from the
collection of the Berkshire Museum, spans centuries and continents with
examples of natural science and weaponry, armament, and propaganda.
Proudly sponsored by TD Bank, on view from January 23 to June 6, 2010.  

For more information, please visit www.berkshiremuseum.org 



Message: 4
Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 16:01:04 +0200
From: "Ohl, Michael" <Michael.Ohl at mfn-berlin.de>
Subject: [Taxacom] conference announcement BioSystematics Berlin 2011
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*** Conference Announcement ***


BioSystematics Berlin 2011




The Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum at the Freie Universit?t Berlin
(BGBM) and the Museum

f?r Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and
Biodiversity at the Humboldt-

Universit?t Berlin (MfN), are pleased to be the host institutions for


*	7th International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary
Biology (ICSEB VII), 


*	12th Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Systematics
(Gesellschaft f?r Biologische Systematik, GfBS), 


*	20th International Symposium"Biodiversity and Evolutionary
Biology" of the German Botanical Society (DBG).


The scope of this joint congress is to bring together evolutionary
biologists and systematists working

on plant, animal, and microscopical organisms to discuss and debate
topics of common interest.

The focus will be on innovative and forward-looking ideas, concepts, and
methods in systematic

and evolutionary biology. It will also provide a unique opportunity to
highlight topics of biodiversity.

We hope to attract many researchers from different fields to this
congress and look forward to

welcoming you in Berlin in February 2011.



The congress will be held at the Seminaris Science & Conference Center
conveniently located in

Berlin-Dahlem, on the campus of the Freie Universit?t Berlin.



The congress will open with a plenary lecture on Paradigm Shifts in
Systematics and Evolution.

Further plenary talks will be on the following five major conference

* Trends in Taxonomy

* Evolution and Organisms in Time and Space

* The Evolutionary Thought: History, Philosophy and Society

* Evolution of Form and Function

* Inventorying and Managing Biodiversity

An evening lecture on Alexander von Humboldt's scientific work on
tropical biodiversity will be



Call for Symposia

Proposals for symposia are currently being invited. For submitting a
proposal, please contact the

congress office at berlin2011 at bgbm.org. Proposals corresponding to the
five major conference

topics are especially encouraged, but all relevant topics will be
considered by the organizers.

The deadline for submission of symposia proposals is 31 May 2010.


Contributed Papers and Call for Abstracts

The contribution of papers for oral or poster presentations are
encouraged. All participants

interested in presenting a scientific contribution are kindly requested
to submit a one-page

abstract in English to the congress office together with their

Abstract submission and registration start 1 July 2010, deadline for
abstracts and early registration is

30 September 2010.


Workshops and Satellite Meetings

Pre- and post-congress workshops are planned on different topics and
will be announced in the

second circular. Organizers of additional workshops and satellite
meetings are welcome. Please

contact the congress office at berlin2011 at bgbm.org.

Deadline for workshop proposals is 31 May 2010.


Time Schedule and Deadlines

31 May 2010 Call for workshops & symposia closes

1 July 2010 Abstract submission and online registration opens

30 September 2010 Deadline for submission of abstracts and early

21 - 27 February 2011 Congress

For individual pre-registration please contact the congress office. Your
coordinates will be added

to our mailing-list.


Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. Thomas Borsch (IOSEB President, BGBM)

Dr. Regine Jahn (GfBS President, IOSEB Secretary General, BGBM)


Prof. Dr. Dirk Albach (Section 'Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology'
of DBG, Speaker)

Dr. Peter Giere (GfBS Council, MfN)

Prof. Dr. Werner Greuter (IOSEB Council, BGBM)

Dr. Christoph H?user (MfN)

Jana Hoffmann (GfBS Council, MfN)

Dr. Cornelia L?hne (BGBM)

Dr. Diana Mutz (Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences, DCPS)

Dr. Michael Ohl (GfBS Secretary General, MfN)


Congress Office and Contact

Birgit Nordt, berlin2011 at bgbm.org

Mailing address:

Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universit?t

K?nigin-Luise-Str. 6-8, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Phone: ++49/30/838 50 383, Fax: ++ 49/30/841 729 52


Please visit the congress homepage at http://www.biosyst-berlin-2011.de/
and distribute this information to all researchers and students
potentially interested! 

Best wishes, 


Dr. Michael Ohl 

Curator // Head of Entomological Collections 

Museum fuer Naturkunde

Leibniz-Institut fuer Evolutions- und Biodiversitaetsforschung

an der Humboldt-Universit?t zu Berlin

Invalidenstr. 43 

D-10115 Berlin, Germany 

Tel: ++49-30-2093-8507 

Fax: ++49-30-2093-8868


E-Mail: michael.ohl(at)mfn-berlin.de 



Gesch?ftsf?hrer der Gesellschaft f?r Biologische Systematik (GfBS)




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