From: Williams, Geoffrey (CTR) - FS, OR
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2023 2:10:44 PM
Dear colleagues and contacts in the forest genetics world,
Please consider submitting to the following and share with your networks.
We invite you to submit "Resilience of Forest Biodiversity to Climate Change and Pests: Civic Engagement and Conservation in Seed Banks, Public Gardens, and Wild, Urban, and Agroforestry Landscapes". This session is organized by members of the Society of American Foresters, Kew Gardens, Morton Arboretum, and the US Forest Service, and one of eight linked to the International Society of Tropical Foresters. The deadline for abstract submissions is 2 June 2023 (3 weeks from today). The session proposal is included below.
NOTE: Presently, we cannot offer funding for travel and registration; we are exploring options and appreciate any leads you may have.
To conserve biodiversity, multiple approaches can be taken on the ground. This mini-symposium (Panel, Flash-talks & Posters) represents experts who focus on complementary aspects of conservation and reforestation; threat assessment, seed collecting and banking from wild trees, collective action and civic engagement, the roles of public gardens in conserving genetic resources, developing genetic resistance to pests to conserve biodiversity, and the importance of conserving genetic diversity in the face of pests and climate change.
Seed is the unit by which biodiversity is propagated, and therefore, protected. There is ever increasing pollination disruption with shifting local climate conditions and more fragmented and degraded native ecosystems. As forests and genetic diversity are lost, so are mother trees for seed collection, in a time when people want to greatly scale reforestation efforts. In addition to potential declines in seed crops, global trade, biodiversity loss, and fragmentation increase the threat of emergent insect and pathogen outbreaks, resulting in local or range-wide extinction of iconic tree species. Therefore, there is a global need for threat assessments, seed collection and banking of native tree species.
In the context of the above challenges and solutions, public gardens and arboreta are critical to the resilience of forests and society. In addition to acting as living collections, seed sources, and refugia of tree species, public gardens serve as biodiversity hotspots in cities, and meeting places for public and volunteer conservation efforts and outreach. As sentinels, trees in public gardens can be used to proactively detect emergent disease threats. Through collective action, exchange of information, public engagement, and local expert knowledge, "think global, act local" could be applied to aid proactive efforts to protect forest biodiversity from the next major pests across the world. Local experts and civic ecologists can accomplish this by collecting seed and observing trees in native environments, plantations, public gardens, and urban forests. Breeding or human-directed genetic improvement presents a practical solution for restoration of species that are impacted by emergent pest epidemics, climate change, or other threats. The utility of breeding to protect biodiversity also depends on the prior establishments of seed banks and other germplasm resources. It is critical to generate a prior understanding of the diversity of populations of tree species valued for their ecological, horticultural, or economic and commercial characteristics, the observed or potential effects of threats to those populations, and the role diversity could play in recovery of species.
1: collecting seed, 2: seed banking, 3: assessing threats, 4: think global act local to address threats with civic ecology and urban forests and botanical gardens, 5: public gardens supporting conservation efforts, and 6/7: developing genetic resistance to conserve biodiversity and conserving biodiversity.
Abstract submission details
The call for abstracts for IUFRO 2024 is at https://iufro2024.com/call-for-congress-abstracts/. The abstract announcement is at https://iufro2024.com/wp-content/uploads/IUFRO_2024-Call_for_Abstracts-1-2.…. (NOTE THAT THE SESSION ABSTRACT DEADLINE HAS PASSED. THE CALL NOW IS FOR PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS).
Download the book of IUFRO 2024 sessions t https://iufro2024.com/wp-content/uploads/IUFRO_2024-List_of_Sessions-1-1.pdf.
Submit your abstract at https://www.appinconf.com/kas/Abstract?projectName=iufro2024abstracts
Abstract submission instructions
SESSION: (Search for the session of interest)
TITLE: Spell out words, do not use abbreviations. The title or text is not to indicate the country of origin, unless it is pertinent to the topic.
AUTHORS: Names and surnames for each author must be provided. Do not include degrees or titles. The presenting author's name will be published in bold.
AFFILITATIONS: Each author should be listed by University/Hospital, Department and Country. Please make sure to include this complete information in the Affiliation text box.
TEXT: The abstract must be in English, mention one of the topic areas above, and should be a maximum of 300 words, excluding the title. It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract; any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be published as typed by the author, if accepted. Poor English may be a cause for rejection. The Programme Committee will accept abstracts for the Scientific Programme (oral or poster presentation) on scientific merit.
"Only Abstracts of registered participants will be printed. At least one of the authors must be registered for the Conference."
We look forward to seeing you in Stockholm for IUFRO 2024.
Jill Wagner, Geoff Williams, Denita Hadziabdic-Guerry, Sean Hoban, Lara Salido
Geoff Williams, PhD
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The Morton Arboretum’s Plant Systematics Lab and Herbarium (
http://systematics.mortonarb.org) seek a highly motivated individual to
conduct population-level genomic and phylogenomic research on bur oak
(Quercus macrocarpa) and related oaks of eastern North America. The
research is part of a US-China international collaboration funded by the US
NSF, investigating the effects of genomic diversity, functional diversity,
phylogenetic diversity, and introgressive hybridization on oak symbiont
communities. In addition to interacting with the collaborative team in the
Center for Tree Science at The Morton Arboretum, the postdoctoral
researcher will also be supported by a diverse network of partners at Duke
University, Fort Collins Science Center, U of MN, and U of OK; and have
opportunities to work with collaborators at South China Botanical Garden
and Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
NSF project summary:
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be based in the Herbarium / Systematics
Lab and Center for Tree Science of The Morton Arboretum (
https://mortonarb.org/science/center-for-tree-science/). The Arboretum is a
100 year-old, world-renowned nonprofit botanic garden dedicated to the
study, growth, and conservation of trees. The Herbarium / Systematics Lab
is a vibrant research community focused on plant biodiversity of the
northern temperate zone, with a strong focus on trees and forested
ecosystems. The Center for Tree Science (CTS) is a research center based
within the Arboretum. CTS advances tree science expertise, builds
collaborative scientific networks and resources, and trains the next
generation of tree champions. Both the Herbarium and CTS work in
collaboration with many other divisions of the Arboretum, including Chicago
Region Trees Initiative, Global Trees Campaign, Living Collections,
Learning and Engagement, Plant Clinic, Plant Health Care, and Natural
Resources. The Center for Tree Science also acts as a hub for scientific
collaboration, bringing together tree scientists from around the world to
catalyze integrated, multidisciplinary tree science research to benefit
trees and people.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will also have opportunities to connect with
the broader evolutionary biology community of the Chicago Region, including
potential colleagues at The Field Museum, University of Chicago, University
of Illinois at Chicago, and Chicago Botanic Garden.
This position begins as early as August, 2023. Beginning salary is $60,000
to $62,000 commensurate with experience. The position comes with full
Please apply online at:
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
The Morton Arboretum is a champion for diversity, supporting a culture of
inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success.
The Arboretum is committed to hire and develop employees based on
job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national
origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or
veteran status. To increase diversity in professions related to the public
garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities,
persons with disabilities, and veterans.
Please send all inquiries to ahipp(a)mortonarb.org.
*Andrew Hipp, PhD *| Director of the Herbarium and Senior Scientist in
Lecturer, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago
The Morton Arboretum | 4100 Illinois Route 53 | Lisle Illinois 60532
T 630 725 2094 | ahipp(a)mortonarb.org | systematics.mortonarb.org
*** I will be working at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany) from
May 29 through July 1. Emails will be delayed during this time. ***
I have the pleasure to remind you of our next online meeting on the
*16*^*th* *of May, 12-14 GMT/UTC, *so early in the day for Americans
(5-7 San Francisco, 7-9 Chicago, 9-11 Argentina), early afternoon for
people in Europe (14-16 Paris CEST) and late in the day for scientists
in Asia (Tokyo 21-23) . Please recheck your local times against GMT.
We will use Zoom for the meeting, please use the following link to
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.
As you will remember, we have either 20-minutes talks to watch before
the meeting orlive 5-minutes talks. The 20-min talks will have a short
introduction during the meeting, so that we can use the meeting time
mainly for discussions. You will be able to watch the talks before the
meeting on Youtube, in the same channel as used before
Please also find below the links to the Slack space. There is a channel
for each talk and you can also wach from there and *comment at the same
Giving your comments before the meeting will allow the speakers to
prepare their answer (less stressfull for PhD students), and also leave
a trace and allow an on-going discussion after the meeting.
We will have 2 hours for the meeting. The tentative schedule will be
(using GMT times) :
12:00 Welcome, introduction to the meeting and its program
12:10 – 14:30 *Talks & Discussions*
12:10 *John Carlson*(Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, USA) A
haplotype-resolved, chromosome-scale genome assembly of /Quercus
rubra/L.20-min pre-recorded talk https://youtu.be/2PgiTLpGSzE Slack :
12:30 *Barbara Neto-Bradley *(PhD Student, University of Cambridge, UK)
How ecophysiology shapes Asian evergreen oaks and stone oaks'
biogeography. 5-min live talk Slack :
12:50 *Sukanya Denni *(Masters student,Rouen, France) Evaluate the
potential of European white oaks to deal with climate change: the role
of pangenomics. 20-min pre-recorded talk, Sukanya will prerecord, but
she cannot be present during the meeting, so *Ludovic Duvax*(Biogeoc,
INRAE, France) will present during the meeting.
https://youtu.be/KvC77Rtq2kM Slack :
13:10 *Saddan Morales***(National Autonomous University of Mexico)
Phylogenomics and Ecological Niche Contrasts Lead to the Identification
of Multiple and Independent Evolutionary Lineages within the
/Quercuslaeta/complex (Fagaceae): New Insights into the Diversification
of the /Leucomexicana/subsection. 20-min pre-recorded talk
https://youtu.be/t2gZuMpKCj0 Slack :
13:30-14:00 IUFRO group discussions on the next meetings.
we hope to see you all there, virtually
Oliver Brendel, Chuck Cannon & Keiko Kitamura
UMR SILVA Equipe PHARE
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