Life and Literature

11/14/2011 - 11/15/2011

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

Life and Literature is a 2-day conference hosted by The Biodiversity Heritage Library and The Field Museum. The conference will convene librarians, biologists, computer scientists, publishers, students, and other stakeholders to set the agenda for biodiversity literature digitizing and its networked environment for the next four to five years. Join us November 14-15, 2011 for an exciting combination of plenary speakers, panelists, activities, and breakout sessions.

Conus

10/25/2011 - 10/30/2011

Chicago, IL, USA

This is an international meeting/workshop of cone snail experts to review and update data on the status of cone snails. Participants will include specialists in taxonomy, biology, ecology, and conservation together with representation from pharmacology and bio-medical sciences. It will also include interested parties from the marine curio trade who have specialist knowledge on the sourcing of shells used as raw materials for manufacture of jewelry and crafts and as specimen shells for the serious collector and casual tourist sectors. An outcome of the meeting will be to provide data to the specification of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species™ for inclusion in their digital Red Book.

Photo Copyright (c) 2005 Richard Ling

Bivatol 2

10/17/2011 - 10/18/2011

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

The Synthesis Center will host a two-day planning and coordination meeting for the Bivalve Tree of Life group. The project is described at www.bivatol.org and aims to catalog and document phylogenetic relationships among the 25,000 species of living clams with eventual links to EOL species pages.

Carex

09/26/2011 - 09/30/2011

Chicago, IL, USA

Carex (Cyperaceae) is the largest angiosperm genus of the temperate zone and ecologically important in floodplain forests, dry prairies, alpine meadows, peat lands, swamp forests, sedge meadows, and a wide range of other communities. This meeting will bring together systematists from North America, Europe, East Asia and Australia, floristic specialists from the Western Great Lakes Region, and the EOL’s LifeDesk staff to:

Photo © Kurt Stueber, 2003

PaleoMap

07/19/2011 - 07/21/2011

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

This workshop discussed the creation of a dynamic internet resource that integrates paleogeographic mapping with online earth science databases. Such a comprehensive description of the plate tectonic, paleogeographic, paleoclimatic, and paleobiological development of the Earth is a fundamental requirement of any attempt to understand the evolution of earth systems and would be widely used by earth science educators at all levels and earth science researchers of nearly every persuasion. Workshop participants represented an extremely broad cross-section of the earth science community, including major professional organizations and stakeholders from academia and industry.