Aug. 1, 2019 Symposium: Early-career Innovators

Symposium: Early-career innovators in herbarium-enabled research and future-proofing for the next waves of inventiveness.

August 1, 2019 7:30 am- 1:00 pm
Botany 2019 Conference, Tuscon, Arizona.

The Society of Herbarium Curators Early Career Innovators symposium, co-sponsored by iDigBio, will provide a venue for eight current and recent NSF Postdoctoral Fellows to present their herbarium-enabled research. Speakers will provide fresh opinions on how collections can position themselves and the specimens and data that they curate to produce maximum research relevance in the next waves of innovation. These eight participants will present on a range of collections-enabled research topics, including such topics as Plant Invasions, Plant Responses to Extreme Events, Sand-Entrapment by Plants, Plant Extinctions on Islands, Evolution of Floral Scent, Herbarium Genomics, Parasitic Plants, and Tropical Tree Diversity.

The 25-minute research talks will be interspersed with whole-group discussions of ideas raised by the speakers.

Organizers: Austin Mast (Department of Biological Science, Florida State University) and Patrick Sweeney (Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University).

Emily Bellis, Herbarium-enabled ecological modeling of a parasitic weed predicts host specialization and resistance, Penn State University, State College, PA.

Ian Breckheimer, Computer vision, crowd-sourcing, and the synthetic future of herbaria, Harvard University Herbaria, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Elliot Gardner, Title TBA, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL.
J. Mason Heberling, Quantifying functional trait changes through a century of invasion, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA.

Anna Johnson, Using pollen on stigmas of herbarium specimens to document long term pollen transfer dynamics, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, Pittsburgh, PA.

Eric LoPresti, Title TBA, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Tracy Misiewicz, Elucidating the role of natural selection in the diversification of an Amazonian tree: Integration of genomic, phenotypic, geographic and ecological data from herbarium collections, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

Kathryn Turner, Herbarium genomics of a plant invasion, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

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