Last week, the joint meeting of the Australasian Systematic Botany Society (ASBS) and the Society of Australian Systematic Biologists (SASB), including the biennial Invertebrate Biodiversity and Conservation Meeting, was held in Adelaide. About 150 delegates, botanists and zoologists, met at The University of Adelaide to hear about and discuss the latest research and developments in systematics and taxonomy.
HIghlights of the meeting included
- Plenary talks by Gonzalo Giribet (Harvard University), Judy West (Australian National Botanic Gardens & Parks Australia), Nerida Wilson (Western Australian Museum), Shelley James (National Herbarium of New South Wales) and Kristofer Helgen (The University of Adelaide)
- Fern specialist Dr Patrick Brownsey (Museum Te Papa, Wellington) receiving the Nancy T. Burbidge Medal from ASBS and giving the annual Nancy Burbidge Memorial Lecture with the title “A social history of the fern in New Zealand” (see Te Papa blog)
- Arachnologist Dr Mark Harvey (Western Australian Museum) receiving the SASB Distinguished Career Award and giving a presentation entitled “The rise and rise of systematics”
- The launch of the new Australian eFlora by Prof. Bob Hill (Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide), replacing the Flora of Australia book series, coordinated by the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS).
Presentations by PhD students and professional botanists and zoologists were excellent and provided an insight into the latest research in systematics in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the application of new techniques and methods. The Conference Book with abstracts to all presentations is available online (5.1mb PDF).
The Organising Committee included staff members and post-graduate students from the State Herbarium of South Australia, The University of Adelaide, the South Australian Museum and Flinders University.