Baja California Botanical Symposium
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Symposia and Workshops

Second Annual Baja California Botanical Symposium

August 14-16, 1997

As you can see, the meeting is over. For the convenience of those interested in the subject, we will keep the Symposium Program and Abstracts available. A listing of participants will be added.

Cirio (Fouquieria columnaris) photo by Jon Rebman


Symposium Background

This meeting was presented by the San Diego Natural History Museum and co-sponsored by the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Facultad de Ciencias, Herbario BCMEX The Baja Californian region is a floristically diverse area of northwestern Mexico that can still be considered a scientific frontier. This symposium provides an international forum for botanical researchers investigating the flora of the peninsula and adjacent areas to present their findings and meet other scientists working in this region. The symposium is binational in format and content and will be conducted in Spanish and English.

Topics of interest are drawn from most botanical disciplines including: taxonomy/systematics, biogeography, vegetation/community analysis, ecology, floristics, biodiversity, ethnobotany, conservation, evolution, and paleobotany. The Baja California Botanical Symposium is a series of annual meetings that rotates annually between the U.S. and Mexico. The successful first symposium took place in Ensenada, Baja California, in 1996. The second annual symposium will be presented by the San Diego Natural History Museum and will be held at the Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego, California.

Symposium Logistics

The program will begin with an icebreaker reception on Thursday evening. Friday and Saturday sessions will feature approximately 25 technical paper presentations by a variety of speakers representing a range of botanical studies including systematics, ecology, floristics, paleobiogeography, lichenology, biodiversity analysis, conservation, hybridization, and vegetation studies. A poster session will also be presented. A banquet at Quail Botanical Gardens on Friday night will highlight Dr. Reid Moran and his keynote address entitled "Guadalupe Island and its flora, what's left of it." Saturday afternoon will conclude the formal presentations.

The registration fee includes the cost of the reception, coffee breaks, Friday and Saturday lunches, and all handouts. The Friday night banquet and keynote address are optional and not included in the price of basic or student registration fees. The costs of other meals, transportation and lodging are not covered in the fee. A list of hotels and motels in the area will be sent to registrants, upon request.

A published proceedings of the symposium is planned, but is contingent upon funding in order to cover publication and editorial expenses. Technical paper presentation during the symposium does not automatically warrant publication since manuscripts must be scientifically refereed, evaluated and edited in order to be published in a proceedings issue.

The San Diego Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) is part of the Balboa Park museum community. It was established by the San Diego Society of Natural History, which was founded in 1874. The museum houses over 7 million specimens, the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, a reference library, an education department, and two floors of exhibit galleries. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The San Diego Natural History Museum is dedicated to providing biological and geological expertise and education for southern California and Baja California.

The SDNHM herbarium (SD) houses approximately 140,000 specimens of higher plants, bryophytes, algae, and fungi, including 321 types. The majority of the collection is regional and focuses on southern California and Baja California. The most important collections include Dr. Reid Moran's accessions from Baja California and the Crassulaceae; historical collections by Frank Gander and Daniel Cleveland; and recent material in the Cactaceae.

The SDNHM collections are part of the museum's Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC), which supports the San Diego Natural History Museum's mission by providing the scientific foundation for its operations and programs. The BRCC seeks to fulfill this mission through the discovery, description, and understanding of the natural environment of the museum's region and how that region is integrated with the wider world.


Baja California Botanical Symposium
Jon P. Rebman, Department of Botany
San Diego Natural History Museum
P. O. Box 121390
San Diego, CA 92112-1390 USA
telephone: (619) 232-3821 ext. 247
fax: (619) 232-0248


Cirio (Fouquieria columnaris) © Jon Rebman

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