News Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:05:07 -0500 en <![CDATA[Call for Applications: Botany Advocacy Leadership Grant]]> The Botanical Society of America (BSA) and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) are pleased to invite applications for the annual Botany Advocacy Leadership Grant. This grant aims to provide financial support to carry out efforts that contribute to shaping public policy on issues relevant to plant sciences.  Examples of such efforts include:

·     Founding or expanding a native plant society or enhancing its activities

·     Leading campaigns or holding events that spread awareness of plant-related public policy issues (e.g., conservation of native species, control of invasives, land use management)

·     Organizing local plant conservation events such as removal of invasive species, planting a native garden, or restoration of native communities

·     Traveling to meet with local, state, or regional representatives to lobby for legislation or other initiatives that benefit plant conservation, plant science research and education, or collections

The recipient of this grant will receive $1000 and will be recognized at the annual Botany meetings during the awards ceremony.  To apply, please send a one-page letter describing the proposed local efforts and their anticipated impact along with a basic budget (no more than one page) to show how the funds will be used. All active members of BSA and ASPT are eligible to apply. Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed project and its potential to effect policy change or raise public policy awareness. Applications are due March 15th, 2016 and should be sent as a single .pdf (“YourName_BALapp.pdf”) to with the subject line “2016 BAL application”.  The selected applicant will be notified by April 15th, 2016.  

The awardee will be required to submit a 500-1,000 word summary of their activities with an image to the Plant Science Bulletin (PSB) by January 15th of the following year.  This synopsis will appear in the April issue of the PSB and is intended to highlight the impact of the recipient’s efforts in shaping public policy and awareness of plant-related issues. Inquiries about the award may be directed to Stacey Smith (, Marian Chau (, Morgan Gostel (, or Ingrid Jordon-Thaden (

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:05:07 -0500
<![CDATA[Tropical Botany course, Fairchild/Kampong Botanical Gardens 2016]]> TROPICAL BOTANY, a course taught by Dr. Walter Judd will again be offered  (through Florida International University, with the collaboration of the Kampong Garden, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and the Montgomery Botanical Center). The class will be taught at both the Kampong and Fairchild gardens. The dates for this summer’s class are June 26th through July 21st, 2016. The full course information is in the PDF.

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:38:04 -0500
<![CDATA[Lamiaceae 2016, Antalya, Turkey]]>
It is our great pleasure to inform you that the Lamiaceae 2016 will be held on Antalya (Turkey), on 22th to 25th April 2016Lamiaceae is an important family encompassing aromatic plants such as mint, oregano, thyme, sage, melissa, lavender, satureja, basil, rosemary, sideritis, perilla, etc. which have been used and traded for their culinary as well as flavour and fragrance properties and biological activities, as well as those used in medicine such as skullcap among others.
Two previous symposia on Lamiaceae were held in 1992 in Kew Gardens, London, UK and in 2006 in San Remo, Italy gathering scientists from all over the World to discuss scientific developments in the science of Lamiaceae. This will be the third in the row as a follow up to the previous symposia with the same aim to discuss and review recent developments in the field with special emphasis to systematics, taxonomy, phylogeny, phytochemistry, agronomy, horticulture, ethnobotany, biological activities, culinary uses, industrial developments and trade, etc.
Registration and more detailed information of the Lamiaceae 2016 can be found at
If you have any other questions or suggestions regarding the Symposium, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:50:54 -0500
<![CDATA[IAPT and Nomenclature Institutional votes]]> In preparation for the next Nomenclature Section meeting, prior to the IBC in 2017, the Special Committee on Institutional Votes is seeking to reach as many herbaria as possible so curators will know that they can ask for votes or ask to have their vote number altered. Attached is a pdf with more information for curators or heads of herbaria, whether or not they are members of IAPT. 
Vicki Funk, Secretary
Sebsebe Demissew, Chairman
Special Committee on Institutional Votes
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:36:38 -0500
<![CDATA[Recruiting PhD students: lichen biodiversity gradients & lichen genomics]]> We are currently seeking applications for 2 PhD students -- one to be based at The University of Colorado, and one to be based at The New York Botanical Garden -- to advance research on a recently funded project on biodiversity gradients in a global lichen diversity hotspot: the Southern Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America. 

The PhD students will be expected to develop an independent research project pertinent to the theme of lichen biodiversity gradients in the southern Appalachians. This research will draw evidence from diverse fields such as genomics, fieldwork, and systematic biology including:

-intensive field study and biodiversity inventory
-molecular systematics, taxonomy, phylogenomics
-biodiversity gradients, biogeography, endemism
-large scale genome assemblies for algal and fungal symbiotic partners
-outreach and conservation

Prior experience or training in lichenology or mycology are preferred. The PhD position is to be begin in the fall of 2016 (refer to our respective websites for information on admissions to our programs).

Prospective students should inquire directly with Erin Tripp (; University of Colorado) or James Lendemer (; New York Botanical Garden), including your CV as well as statement of interest in your inquiry.

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:28:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Call for IBC Symposia]]> The next International Botanical Congress will be held in Shenzhen, China from July 23-29, 2017. Planning for the meeting is progressing, and the organizers recently posted the call for symposium proposals.  All symposium proposals are due by December 15, 2015.  
Call for Symposia
All prospective participants are invited to submit a proposal for a symposium that falls into one of the six broad themes. Proposed symposia that bridge two or more themes are also welcomed and encouraged. Once submitted, the proposal will be forwarded to the Organizing Committee for approval.
Information requested in the submission form includes the following: 
  • Proposed symposium title
  • Symposium description (<300 words)
  • Suggested organizers and speakers (names and affiliations)
  • Symposium theme:
    • Biodiversity, Resources & Conservation
    • Ecology, Environment & Global Change
    • Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics
    • Taxonomy, Phylogenetics & Evolution
    • Development & Physiology
    • Plants & Society
Please note that the BOTANY 2017 conference will be held June 24-28, 2017 (in Fort Worth, Texas) so as not to conflict with the IBC. 

Stay tuned for more information about travel funding available from BSA and our partners to support the attendance of students and early career scientists at the International Botanical Congress.
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:25:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Rupert Barneby Award]]> The Rupert Barneby Award of The New York Botanical Garden
The Rupert Barneby Award, named in honor of the late NYBG scientist and renowned legume expert, consists of US$2000 granted annually to assist researchers to visit The New York Botanical Garden to study the rich herbarium collection of Leguminosae. Graduate students and early career professionals with research in systematics and/or legume diversity are given special consideration. Projects that will result in the improved curation of the collection are desirable. Anyone interested in applying for the award should submit their: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) a proposal describing the project for which the award is sought; 3) contact information for two individuals who can vouch for the qualifications of the applicant. The proposal should address specifically the activities to be performed at NYBG and should consist of: 1) title page with proposal title, applicant’s name, address, and e-mail address; 2) body of the proposal of no more than two pages, including justification, objectives, and research plan; 3) literature cited; 4) travel budget. The application should be addressed to Dr. Benjamin M. Torke, Institute of Systematic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden, 1900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126, USA, and received no later than December 1, 2015. Submission by e-mail is preferred (send to: Announcement of the recipient will be made by January 1. Travel to NYBG should be planned for some period during 2016. Recipients are asked to give a presentation about their research.
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:27:17 -0400
<![CDATA[ASPT President Tom Ranker's Teaching Plant Systematics Today slides available]]> ASPT President Elect Tom Ranker gave the annual address at this year's ASPT Banquet in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His presentation, Teaching Plant Systematics Today: Classic Techniques & Novel Approaches, is available to download here.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:15:08 -0400
<![CDATA[Carrie Kiel awarded 2015 Cooley Award]]> Carrie Kiel awarded the 2015 Cooley Award by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists

By: Chelsea Specht

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 28 July 2015—The 2015 George R. Cooley Award for Best Contributed Paper in Plant Systematics was awarded to Carrie Kiel, Graduate Student from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Claremont Graduate University, for her talk entitled The evolution of androecial form in the 'justicioid' lineage (Acanthaceae). By sampling species carefully chosen to represent the full geographic and morphological diversity represented in the genus Justicia and its close relatives, Kiel set out to test the evolution of floral diversity within this charismatic group of plants. Phylogenetic results demonstrate that Justicia is not monophyletic, however the neotropical lineage of Justicia is strongly supported as monophyletic.  Furthermore, diversity in floral size, shape and color as well as diversity in the morphology of the anthers is centered in this New World lineage.  Kiel goes on to demonstrate that the morphology diversity of this lineage is correlated with pollination syndrome, with particular stamen morphologies unique to the New World species and indicative of flowers that are pollinated by hummingbirds. Using sophisticated morphometric analyses, Kiel was able to demonstrate that certain stamen morphologies are associated with bee vs. bird pollination, with particular derived traits being indicative of mechanisms that facilitate effective pollen placement and efficient nectar access in bee pollinated species.  

The Cooley award is presented each year at the annual Botany conference as recognition of an outstanding paper presented by a graduate student or recent graduate. Carrie is in her final semester of graduate studies at Rancho Santa Ana and the Claremont Graduate University with Dr. Lucinda McDade, and plans on defending her thesis this fall. She is an author on 8 peer-reviewed publications focusing on systematics, taxonomy, phylogenetics and the evolution of pollination in the Acanthaceae, and has been presenting her research at the Botany meetings since 2004.  Among other honors and awards, Carrie is a past recipient of an ASPT Graduate Research Grant, a BSA Graduate Research Grant, and a Torrey Botanical Soceity Graduate Student Field Research Fellowship.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:07:37 -0400
<![CDATA[Lena Struwe awarded 2015 Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize]]> Dr. Lena Struwe, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, Recipient of the 2015 Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize.

By: Angela McDonnell

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 28 July 2015 — The 2015 American Society of Plant Taxonomy’s Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize (IPSEP) for developing novel and innovative resources for teaching plant systematics was presented this year to Dr. Lena Struwe, Associate Professor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Director of the Chrysler Herbarium (CHRB) in the Departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers University. Those who know and work with Lena are familiar with her enthusiastic nature, her tireless energy for research and outreach, and her inspirational teaching style that combine to make her an outstanding advocate for the fields of botany and plant systematics.

Dr. Struwe’s career as a botanist began in Sweden in the third grade, where the young Lena could be found pressing and identifying her own specimens and developing her personal herbarium. She attended Stockholm University, obtaining a B.S. in Biology and Earth Sciences followed by a PhD in Systematic Botany. Her dissertation, Morphological and molecular phylogenetic studies in neotropical Gentianaceae, has a title that highlights the themes of her numerous publications since her graduate career. During the last year of her doctoral work, she moved to the U.S. and became a Research Associate at the New York Botanical Garden in the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies before she began her position at Rutgers in 2001.

Lena’s published works range from the systematics, evolution and biogeography of members of the order Gentianales to topics including floral development, floristic projects, ethnobotany, and the integration of phylogeny, ecology and biogeography. Her impressive output includes numerous papers regarding the natural history, phylogeny, evolution, and biogeography of Gentianaceae, monographic and revisionary treatments, descriptions of several new genera and more than twenty new species, book chapters in floras of the Guianas, Venezuela, and Bolivia, and ethnobotanical topics including research on medicinally active compounds in Gentianaceae and Asteraceae as well as the importance of voucher specimens in medical research. 

Accompanying her fantastically impressive publication record are her equally impressive teaching and public outreach records. At Rutgers, she has revitalized the botany program through undergraduate and graduate courses which include Methods in Plant Systematics, Concepts and Methods in Evolution, and Advanced Plant Systematics for graduate students and Plant Diversity and Evolution, Introduction to Ethnobotany, and seminars entitled Evolution of food, cooking and plants and Safe or sorry? Herbal medicine, folklore and its scientific evidence for undergraduate students. This list is not exhaustive—the full list of courses she’s taught or lectured for, in addition to the extensive list of mentoring she’s done and workshops she’s organized, illustrate both the depth and breadth of her passion for teaching and her commitment to plant systematics education.

Dr. Struwe strives to expand awareness of relevant topics in botany and plant systematics beyond the typical classroom setting. Last year, Lena organized a “Bioblitz” event at Rutgers in which students recognized and identified biodiversity on campus. The event culminated in a poster presentation at Botany 2014 as well as a short student-directed film. Perhaps more significantly, Lena is also an important botanical presence on the internet, where she communicates about important botanical issues through two different blogs: Botanical Accuracy ( and For Weeds Everywhere ( On these sites, she engages her students (who even write some of the posts) as well as the public by providing both useful and fun information on topics such as mislabeled herbal supplements, traditional uses for lichens in Swedish holiday traditions (which are commonly and incorrectly called white mosses), and even recipes on how to turn weedy species into delightful salads and snacks and student reviews of teas and infusions made from weedy species (of course, there are well-placed guidelines and a disclaimer about the risks of foraging along with the recipes).

Through her work as an innovative scientist and by incorporating popular media and cutting-edge educational technology, Dr. Struwe has increased the visibility of systematic botany. Her publications, blogs, and public outreach make Lena a prime example of a ‘complete’ educator. Most recently, Lena and her students, including graduate student Lauren Frazee, were highlighted in episode six of the hit YouTube series “Plants are Cool, Too!” created and hosted by Dr. Chris Martine of Bucknell University. In the episode, entitled Extreme Weeds of Parking Lots, Lena points out that the weeds of the parking lot “are the plants of the future” and that “we need to know how the plants are reacting to all of the things that are happening in the world right now.” That comment resonates not only because the plants are evolving from the pressures of climate and urbanization, but also with Lena’s own evolution as an educator. Through incorporation of traditional and modern educational techniques, Dr. Lena Struwe has paved her way as an innovator and an advocate for plant systematics education.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:06:04 -0400
<![CDATA[Warren Wagner awarded the 2015 Asa Gray Award]]> Dr. Warren Wagner, Research Botanist and Curator at the Smithsonian Institution, awarded the Asa Gray Award by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists

By: Chris Martine

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 28 July 2015 —A long-time researcher at the Smithsonian Institution has been selected for one of the most prestigious honors in the botanical sciences.

The American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) selected Dr. Warren L. Wagner, Chair of Botany, Research Botanist and Curator at the National Museum of Natural History, for its 2015 Asa Gray Award. The award is named for Dr. Asa Gray (1810-1888), considered by many to be the most important American botanist of the 19th century. The award recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of plant systematics.

Dr. Wagner’s recognition follows a nomination consisting of numerous testimonial letters from experts from across the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology. Kenneth Sytsma (University of Wisconsin – Madison), the primary nominator, attributes this broad show of support to Dr. Wagner’s impressive contributions to not only plant systematics, but to disciplines including biogeography, ecology, restoration biology, and conservation. Letter writer Peter Hoch (Missouri Botanical Garden) spoke to Dr. Wagner’s core passion for biodiversity when he wrote, “As a ‘field and floristic’ taxonomist, there are few in his generation who have accomplished more.”

A native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Dr. Wagner attended college at New Mexico University where he completed his BS in 1972 and, subsequently, an MS in 1977. Under the advisement of Peter Raven, Dr. Wagner completed his PhD at Washington University in 1981. Following a postdoctoral appointment at the Missouri Botanical Garden, he spent 1982-1988 at the Bishop Museum before arriving at the Smithsonian in 1988. He has held the prestigious McBryde Chair at the National Tropical Botanical Garden since 2004.

In his career, Dr. Wagner has published nearly 200 scholarly articles and edited four books. He has authored or co-authored seven taxonomic monographs, but is perhaps best known for his multidisciplinary work on South Pacific floras, evolution, and biogeography. Bruce Baldwin (UC Berkeley) cites Dr. Wagner as “unquestionably the world authority on the Hawaiian angiosperm flora,” a reputation that was solidified and nourished by his publication of (and continued work on) the Manual of Flowering Plants of Hawai’i a quarter century ago. That effort was followed by his co-editorship (with Vicki Funk) of the symposium volume Hawaiian Biogeography: Evolution on a Hot Spot Archipelago, a publication that Sytsma credits as “laying the foundation for integrative evolutionary and biogeographic research on Hawaiian organismal diversity that has continued to this day.”

As longtime Chair of Botany at the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Wagner has done much to ensure the health of systematics at one of the primary centers in the field. In this vein, he has been what Smithsonian colleague Jun Wen calls a “fantastic mentor” of young scientists, with a gift for “letting the young colleagues maximize their creativity and productivity on important evolutionary and systematic research projects.”

Dr. Wagner’s previous honors include the Merit Award from the Botanical Society of America, the Robert Allerton Award from the National Botanical Garden, the Henry Gleason Award from the New York Botanical Garden, and (twice) the National Museum of Natural History Science Achievement Award. He is the 34th scientist to be recognized with the ASPT Asa Gray Award.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[John Wiersema awarded the 2015 Peter Raven Award]]> Dr. John H. Wiersema, Botanist of USDA-ARS, awarded the Peter Raven Award by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists

By: Rachel Jabaily

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 28 July 2015—The American Society of Plant Taxonomists awarded Dr. Dr. John H. Wiersema, Botanist of the National Germplasm Resource Laboratory, US Dept. of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS), the Society’s 2015 Peter Raven Award. The award is named for Dr. Peter Raven, eminent botanist and President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, who has made significant contributions to research, education and outreach in botanical sciences thoughout his esteemed career.

Dr. John Wiersema has greatly served the plant systematics and broader plant biology communities during a long, productive career that includes over 25 years of service to the US government. Fellow scientists working for museums and governmental organizations in four countries wrote in strong support of his nomination, highlighting the various roles he has played supporting international botanical research. In his current position with USDA-ARS, Dr. Wiersema has been principally responsible for the development and oversight of the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) website, a worldwide resource for taxonomic and nomenclatural information about cultivated, weedy, and economically important plants. Over 1.2 million taxonomic queries are made in GRIN every month by thousands of users working in federal agencies, research, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, museums, as well as by gardeners, artists and plant hobbyists. Many members of ASPT directly benefit from this resource on a daily basis, as Dr. Wiersema personally ensures that the information presented is accurate and continually aligned with results of our latest research. One letter writer remarked that "GRIN...represents the most outstanding example of successful outreach through a taxon-oriented website aimed at a lay audience". Another nominator describes that his work developing GRIN is a model for a consensus, made in full consultation with fellow taxonomists and other users of the data.

Dr. Wiersema’s command of the rules of plant nomenclature have made him a valuable resource and respected member of editorial committees that standardize naming of wild and cultivated plants. The complexities of this ongoing process, essential for effective communication about biodiversity, are daunting. A fellow committee member noted, “If I ever wanted to have someone on a committee or working group who would really do what they say, consult with others while they did it, and remain calm throughout, my first choice would be John!” He is senior author on the most recent International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants (ICN), which a nominator states is the most correct, complete, and readily accessible Code of any to date thanks to John’s efforts. He has also recently been coauthor on World Economic Plants: A standard reference (2nd edition), an invaluable resource for economic botany, horticulture, and agriculture.

Dr. Wiersema earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and both Master of Science and Doctoral degrees from the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama, writing thesis projects on biology and systematics of the water lily family Nymphaceae. Water lilies continue to be his major area of botanical interest, and his numerous field collections and research projects have contributed many publications and new species descriptions. Plants from his collecting trips all over the world are in cultivation at major botanical gardens, and he routinely presents his research and shares his passion and information with water garden enthusiasts across the world. 

For his precision and passion for developing the resources necessary to enable effective research in plant systematics and plant taxonomy, Dr. John Wiersema exemplifies the spirit of the Peter Raven Award.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Call for Botany 2016 Symposia]]> The Botany conference program chairs have decided to move up the deadline for symposium proposals to help with their planning process. The new deadline for proposals is July 1st. This will allow sponsoring societies and sections of BSA to discuss symposium proposals at their business meetings in Edmonton during Botany 2015. This change will essentially re-establish the timeline that was put in place about 10 years ago.


If you are thinking of organizing a symposium for Botany 2016, please submit your proposal by July 1. Botany 2016 will be held in Savannah, Georgia, July 30-August 3, 2016.


The following message was recently sent out by BSA:


We are moving up the schedule for symposium submission to allow for sections and societies to discuss proposals at their meetings in Edmonton.  Please read the following message carefully. 

Please use THIS FORM to submit your Symposium proposals. 

Submission deadline: July 1, 2015


Symposium/colloquium proposals should include:

1.     your name, institution, and email address;

2.     a synopsis of the symposium/colloquium theme (one-half page);

3.     an explanation of why this topic and set of speakers are relevant for Botany conference;

4.     a tentative list of speakers, including institutional affiliations, topics, and an indication of which have agreed to participate;

5.     for symposia, a budget estimate (note funds are to be used solely to defray costs for participants who otherwise would not be able to attend the conference; also note that colloquia do not receive funding and are sponsored in name only);

6.     a list of sections and participating societies that you plan to ask for support.


The process for approval will be as follows:

1.     Proposals are due July 1, 2015

2.     Submitted proposals will be vetted by the BSA program director and staff.  Compliant proposals will be sent to the chairs of the BSA sections and societies that were listed by the symposium organizer (see (4) above).  

3.     At Botany 2015, sections and societies will discuss proposals at their business meetings.  They will decide at that time which to support and with what amount of funding.  

4.     By August 15, 2015, sections and societies will inform the BSA program director which proposals they will support. 

5.     A committee consisting of the program directors of all the participating BSA sections and societies will make final decisions regarding which symposia and colloquia will be included in the Botany 2016 program.


Symposia should address a topic of broad cross-disciplinary interest. Symposia are half-day programs and consist of six 30-minute invited talks. The symposium program may include an introduction, and time for discussion and synthesis is encouraged.


Colloquia address more specialized topics.  Presentations are 15 minutes long and there may be up to 16 invited talks in a half-day session.


Please note that symposium and colloquium organizers are expected to take into account gender, seniority, nationality, and other aspects traditionally underrepresented in Society symposia when preparing proposals. We encourage proposals whose topics concern newly emerging fields, are synthetic, or that differ from those that have been included in recent Botany meetings.

Again, please use THIS FORM to submit your Symposia/Colloquia by July 1.

We look forward to seeing your proposals.

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:12:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Faces of Biology photo contest]]> Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest
Help the public and policymakers to better understand the breadth of biology by entering the Faces of Biology Photo Contest. The winner will receive $250 and have their image published on the cover of BioScience.
The competition recognizes scientists who use imagery to communicate aspects of biological research to the public and policymakers.
The theme of the contest is “Faces of Biology.” Photographs entered into the competition must depict a person, such as a scientist, technician, or student, engaging in biological research. The research may occur outside, in a lab, at a natural history collection, at a field station, on a computer, in a classroom, or anywhere else research is done.
The winning photo from the 2014 contest is featured on the cover of the May 2015 issue ofBioScience.
Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2015.
For more information or to enter the contest, visit
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:38:58 -0400
<![CDATA[Philosophy of Biological Systematics Course]]> Registration for the course, Philosophy of Biological Systematics, taking place 7-11 September 2015 at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, will close on 1 June 2015. A description of the course and the registration form can be found here

Thu, 28 May 2015 16:43:48 -0400
<![CDATA[Remembering Dr. Donald Joseph Drapalik]]> Dr. Don Drapalik, the long-time curator of the Georgia Southern University Herbarium, passed away last Friday. A brief description of his life can be found here. The quintessential old-school eccentric curator, he was not the Herbarium's first curator, but he was definitely the most influential. He will be missed. -- Alan Harvey, PhD

Thu, 28 May 2015 16:22:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Updated Bylaws]]> The 2015 ASPT Bylaws were approved in a recent election - please find a PDF of the new bylaws attached here.

Wed, 27 May 2015 09:06:09 -0400
<![CDATA[2015 Award Winners]]> The Awards and Honors Committee has had the chance to review all applications for the 2015 ASPT awards and invites you to congratulate the following recipients:
(1) Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize - Lena Struwe 
(2) Undergrad Research Prize - Wolfgang Rahfeldt and Ian Gilman(nominators: Dick Olmstead & Chris Martine)
More information about these awards is below - please encourage your students and colleagues to apply next year! 
Please join your fellow ASPT members at the ASPT Banquet at the Botany 2015 conference to celebrate these accomplishments, and learn who has won the Asa Gray and Peter Raven awards, the highest honors our society bestows each year.
Erin Tripp
ASPT Awards Committee Chair
Undergraduate Research Prize (URP)
The URP is ASPT's new undergraduate research prize (initiated in Jan 2013), where up to three ($300) prizes may be awarded each spring for an outstanding, independent research project in plant systematics (broadly interpreted) completed by an undergraduate student within the last 2 years.
Prize Description: Up to three prizes ($300 each) will be awarded for an outstanding, independent research project in plant systematics (broadly interpreted) completed by an undergraduate student within the last 2 years.
Applicant criteria: Must be a current or former student who completed the research as an undergraduate within the last 2 years, with the guidance/mentorship of an ASPT member.
Nomination: An ASPT member in good standing must nominate the student by completing Part A of the application form, and by writing a nomination letter in support of the student.

Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize (IPSEP)
Prize Description: One prize ($500) will be awarded to an educator who has developed novel and innovative resources for teaching plant systematics (broadly interpreted) to undergraduate and/or graduate students.
Applicant criteria: Must be an ASPT member and teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate level; may be at any stage in her/his career. Innovations can range from (but are not limited to): whole course syllabi; online teaching materials; software packages; multimedia exercises; classroom, lab, or field modules; textbooks; digital resources; and information manuals. Ideally, the teaching innovation can be shared freely with ASPT to enhance botanical education worldwide.
Nomination: Applicant can be either self-nominated or nominated by an ASPT colleague.
Application materials: The applicant should submit an application form and rigorous documentation of the teaching innovation. The nominator should also arrange for two letters of support (both from ASPT members) to be sent to Andrea Weeks at the email address below. All documentation must be in English and in electronic format (i.e., pdf, MS Word).
Tue, 26 May 2015 19:47:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Booth volunteers needed]]>  

We need volunteers for the ASPT booth this year. As a volunteer, you will be promoting the society, recruiting new members, selling T-shirts, and giving away posters and informational flyers. All proceeds from booth sales support the ASPT graduate research grants. If you volunteer for at least two hours, you will receive a free T-shirt. The booth will be open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and we will need about 20 volunteers in total. Students, this is a great opportunity to get to know other members of the ASPT! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Angela Hawkins ( with days and times you would prefer to volunteer. She will then contact you to schedule specific times over the next few weeks. Here is a tentative volunteer schedule:

Sunday: 7:30-9:00pm

Monday: 9-11; 11-1, 1-3, 3-5, 5-7

Tuesday: 9-11; 11-1, 1-3, 3-5

Wednesday: 9-11; 11-1

Thu, 21 May 2015 10:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[T-shirt contest winner]]> We are pleased to announce the winner of the ASPT T-shirt illustration contest! We had eight T-shirt contest submissions this year, each of which was quite beautiful. This made the final decision very difficult. Sandy Long, an artist and student affiliated with the Intermountain Herbarium at Utah State University, provided a beautiful watercolor illustration of Rosa acicularis. Alberta is known as "wild rose country" so this species is especially fitting for our 2015 conference. All submissions will be displayed at the ASPT booth during the conference, so please stop by to see the work of these talented artists.

Quantities of T-shirts are limited this year, so be sure to get your shirt at the start of the conference so we have your size in the color you'd like! Unlike previous years, discounts will not be offered on the price of the shirt on the last day of the conference.

Thu, 21 May 2015 10:15:00 -0400