Biodiversity: From Evolutionary Origins to Ecosystems Function (BFEO)

Venue: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 11, 2012 End Date/Time: Oct 12, 2012
Early Registration Date: Sep 21, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 31, 2012
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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is presenting a symposium to celebrate 200 years of scientific research at the Academy on October 11 and 12, 2012. Building on the Academy’s research strengths in systematics and ecology, this symposium will explore current and future research on the diversity of life with a focus on evolutionary biology, ecology, and environmental quality.

Describing and recording the world’s biodiversity and determining its evolutionary history and ecology is a continual process that is far from complete. Symposium speakers will discuss new and innovative uses of museum collections to acquire more knowledge. They also will describe new approaches for determining the evolutionary origins and relationships of diverse groups of organisms. These approaches include recent developments in phylogenetic reconstruction, computer programming, evolutionary genetics, and reproductive biology.

The interactions among organisms and their environments along, with their impacts on environmental quality, are of considerable interest to ecologists today. Speaker presentations will address the relationship between the diversity of aquatic organisms and ecosystem functioning. Methods to survey organisms and define their ecological parameters in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems will be presented along with ways to assess, enhance, and preserve the environmental quality of these ecosystems. Speakers will consider the need for conservation, restoration, and policy development to assure environmental and social sustainability in a changing world.

Speakers include:
• Douglas J. Futuyma of Stony Brook University (keynote)
• Sandra Knapp of the Natural History Museum, London
• J. Patrick Kociolek of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
• Wayne P. Maddison of the University of British Columbia & Beaty Biodiversity Museum
• Lucinda A. McDade of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
• Daniel Otte of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
• Shahid Naeem of Columbia University
• David Tilman of the University of Minnesota

The conference opens on Thursday, October 11, with an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes open house of the vast collections and environmental research labs of the Academy.

The highlight of the day is the presentation of the Academy’s prestigious Leidy Award to Dr. Douglas Futuyma, distinguished professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University. Dr. Futuyma’s keynote address will be followed by a reception in the museum.

Friday, October 12, includes speaker sessions, speaker panel discussion, poster presentations, and a closing reception on the campus of Drexel University at the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building.


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Additional Information

The full registration fee for the symposium includes admission to all presentations, breaks, receptions, and the poster session. Please note that Friday lunch is not included in the fee. If you register by September 21, 2012: Fee is $90. Student price is $25. If you register after September 21, 2012: Fee is $110. Student price is $30. Registration is available online at For those preferring to send their registration form via snail mail, please download the form. The form must be postmarked by September 21, 2012 to be recorded properly. Also, please notify us via email ( that you are sending the form.