Baja California Botanical Symposium
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Symposia and Workshops

Fifth Annual Baja California Botanical Symposium

July 12-14, 2002

presented by
San Diego Natural History Museum

co-sponsored by
The Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
Herbario BCMEX

Symposium Background

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. Topics of interest can be drawn from most botanical disciplines including: taxonomy/systematics, biogeography, vegetation/community analyses, ecology, floristics, biodiversity, conservation, evolution, and paleobotany. The symposium is binational in format and content and will be conducted in Spanish and English. The Baja California Botanical Symposium is a series of meetings that rotates between the U.S. and Mexico.

The first symposium was hosted by the BCMEX Herbarium of the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Ensenada, Baja California, in April, 1996. The second symposium was presented by the SD Herbarium at the San Diego Natural History Museum in San Diego, California in August, 1997. The third symposium was hosted by the HCIB Herbarium of the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste in La Paz, Baja California Sur in November, 1999. The fourth symposium was presented again by the BCMEX Herbarium in Ensenada in September, 2000. The fifth symposium in this series will be held in the newly constructed and recently renovated parts of the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The program will include an evening reception, two days of technical paper presentations, poster sessions, and a dinner in the Museum's new atrium with a keynote address.

Call for Papers

Researchers are invited to submit papers on any botanical aspect listed above for Baja California or Baja California Sur, Mexico or adjacent areas including southern California, Arizona, Sonora, and Sinaloa. Interested individuals are requested to send an informative abstract of 400 words or less in English or Spanish (although two versions, one in each language is preferred), written in Microsoft Word, Wordperfect (8.0 or earlier), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Abstracts must include title, author(s), and address (phone, fax, e-mail). The deadline for submission of abstracts is 24 June, 2002. Those persons interested in presenting for a poster session only, should indicate this on returned materials. Authors of papers and posters accepted for presentation will be notified by 30 June. Please submit all materials to:

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