ASPT Newsletter

Volume 16 (1)

July 2002


Edited by:
Kenneth R. Robertson
Illinois Natural History Survey
607 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820 USA
Phone: 217 244-2171; Fax: 217 333-4949; e-mail: krrobert@uiuc.edu


CONTENTS

  • ASPT News
  • Annual Meeting
  • Winners of the 2002 ASPT Graduate Student Research Awards
  • Results of the ASPT Election
  • Special Notice from Editor of Systematic Botany
  • Change in Editorship for Systematic Botany
  • Systematic Botany Available On-line
  • In Memoriam
  • People
  • Job Opportunities
  • Fellowships, Internships, Post-Docs
  • Institutions
  • Funding and Award Opportunities
  • Symposia and Meetings
  • News from Other Societies
  • New Books
  • New Web Sites
  • Addendum

  • ASPT NEWS

    Annual Meeting

    The annual meeting of ASPT will be held in conjunction with those of the Botanical Society of America, American Fern Society, Canadian Botanical Association, and the Phycological Society of America. The theme of the meeting will be "Botany in the Curriculum: Integrating Research and Teaching." For information about the meeting, see the Web site <http://www. botany2002.org>. A new FORUM focusing on botanical education and outreach will be held on Friday and Saturday (August 2 – 3), and it will be linked to the annual scientific meeting on Sunday (August 4) via workshops and field trips. The Botany 2002 Registration Brochure is now posted on the Botany 2002 Web site in a downloadable pdf format.

    Winners of the 2002 ASPT Graduate Student Research Awards

  • Aida Alvarez (New York Botanical Garden) — Phylogeny of Prescottiinae and Systematics of Gomphichis (Orchidaceae)
  • Jenny K. Archibald (Ohio State University) — Systematics and Biogeography of the Genus Zaluzianskya (Scrophulariaceae, Tribe Manuleae)
  • Mark Beilstein (University of Missouri at St. Louis) — Phylogenetic Analysis of the Mustard Family (Brassicaceae)
  • John L. Clark (George Washington University) — Did Upside Down Flowers Evolve Once or Multiple Times in Alloplectus (Gesneriaceae)?
  • Christine Edwards (University of Florida) — Conservation Genetics with a Phylogenetic Approach in the Genus Conradina (Lamiaceae)
  • Elizabeth J. Hermsen (Cornell University) — Fossil History of Saxifragaceae sensu stricto and Their Woody Relatives, Cretaceous to Pleistocene (ca. 90 MYA – 10 KYA)
  • Gretchen M. Ionta (University of Florida) — Phylogeny of Periplocoideae (Apocynaceae) Based on Morphological and Molecular Characters
  • P. Brandon Matheny (University of Washington) — Using RNA Polymerase II Sequences to Improve Mushroom Phylogeny (Inocybe, Basidiomycota)
  • Ashley B. Morris (University of Florida) — Phylogenetic Patterns in New World Illicium
  • Heath O'Brien (Duke University) — Biogeography of Lichenized Cyanobacteria and Fungi From the Genus Peltigera
  • Tracey A. Bodo Slotta (Virginia Tech University) — Phylogeny of the Malacothamnus Alliance (Malvaceae) Using GBSSI Sequences and Morphology
  • Stacey Smith (University of Wisconsin, Madison) — Systematics and Floral Evolution of Iochrominae (Solanaceae)
  • Terri Weese (Brigham Young University) — MADS-box Genes as Phylogenetic Markers in Polemoniaceae
  • Results of the ASPT Election

    Mike Vincent reports the following results:

  • Lucinda McDade is the President-elect;

  • Bruce Baldwin and Kathleen Kron are new Council Members-at-large;

  • The proposed by-law change was approved.

  • Special Notice from Editor of Systematic Botany

    Authors who submit manuscripts to Systematic Botany normally hear from the Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Wells, within a few days of their manuscript's arrival at George Washington University. If you have submitted a manuscript within the last few months and have not heard from her, please e-mail her at <efwells@gwu.edu> or phone 202 994-6970 or write E.F. Wells, Dept. Biological Sciences, George Washington University, Washington DC 20052.

    Change in Editorship for Systematic BotanyI

    Elizabeth Fortson Wells has decided to step down from her position as Editor of Systematic Botany at the end of her term in August 2002. She has done an outstanding job of getting the journal back on track and reestablishing a regular production schedule; we are most grateful for her efforts. Based on her recommendation, and with the approval of members of the Council, ASPT President Tom Daniels has named current Managing Editor Patrick Herendeen as the new Editor-in Chief.

    Systematic Botany Available On-line

    ASPT has recently entered into two agreements for making Systematic Botany available on-line. The complete contents from Volume 25 (2000) and onward is now available through BioOne, an aggregation of bioscience research journals in electronic form. BioOne is a nonprofit organization and ASPT participation is cost-free. However, ASPT can generate revenue from BioOne based on a formula that includes the number of institutional BioOne subscribers, and the number of visits, or "hits," on Systematic Botany content. At present, full access to the e-version of Systematic Botany is restricted to individuals at BioOne subscribing institutions. Please take a few minutes to visit BioOne at <http://www.bioone.org> and examine the Systematic Botany pages. Please bring BioOne to the attention of your institutional librarians, encouraging a subscription. If you are currently at a BioOne subscribing institution, please use the e-version of Systematic Botany. New BioOne subscriptions, and "hits" on Systematic Botany will generate income for ASPT!

    The complete contents of Systematic Botany for volumes 1 – 20, 1976 – 1995, are available on – line through JSTOR. Use of JSTOR is restricted to subscribing institutions. Major universities and other organizations have already subscribed to JSTOR. Some other back issues of botanical journals archived on JSTOR include American Journal of Botany, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Brittonia, International Journal of Plant Sciences, Botanical Gazette, Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, and New Phytologist. Some ecological journals include American Midland Naturalist, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, Biotropica, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Ecology, Evolution, Journal of Ecology, Quarterly Review of Biology, and Systematic Biology. The URL for JSTOR is <http://www.jstor.org>.


    IN MEMORIAM

    Thomas Morley, 1917 – 2002. Dr. Thomas Morley, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, died Saturday, February 2, 2002, at his home. He was 85.

    Morley received his A.B. (1940), M.A. (1941), and Ph.D. (1949) degrees in botany at the University of California, Berkeley. A scholar's son, his father, S. Griswold Morley, was the president of the Modern Language Association of America during the 1950s. Morley was predeceased by a sister, and is survived by her children and a brother.

    Tom Morley joined the Botany Department (now Plant Biology) in the fall of 1949 to share in the teaching of taxonomy with Gerald Ownbey (then curator of the herbarium). He was successful in helping recruit such distinguished faculty as Eville Gorham. After advising several graduate students, including Kingsley Stern, Lawrence C.W. Jensen, and Barbara Delaney, he retired in 1987.

    Morley was a specialist in the genera Mouriri and Votomita (tropical trees of the Melastomataceae) and he described several new species in these groups from central Amazonia, where he conducted field work around Manaus and Belém, Brazil. During his tenure at the U. of Minnesota, Morley also developed an extensive, firsthand knowledge of Minnesota's native flora. He revised and updated Frederic Clements' original Guide to Spring Flowers, which is now used as a standard spring text. He co-authored (with Gerald Ownbey) the Vascular Plants of Minnesota: A Checklist and Atlas, another seminal work for the state.

    A strong advocate for the preservation of nature, Tom was a charter member of the Minnesota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and served on the board during the 1970s. He was also active in the Minnesota Native Plant Society, having a special concern for rare plants and serving as an early champion of buckthorn eradication in Minnesota natural areas. He enjoyed canoeing and was a generous contributor to the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

    In retirement, Tom Morley maintained an office adjacent to the herbarium (of the Bell Museum of Natural History) in the Biological Sciences Building on the Saint Paul campus of the university. He was a familiar face around the department — remembered for his habit of walking to work each day across the expanse of experimental fields, even in the coldest of Minnesota winters. His daily routines contributed to the rhythm of life at the university, including his climbing the eight flights of stairs to his office, which he performed until the very day before his death. A soft-spoken and kind man, he will be missed by his colleagues.

    The family asks that memorials be sent to the Lake Itasca Forestry and Biology Station, University of Minnesota Foundation, 200 Oak Street NE (Suite 500), Minneapolis MN 55455. — Anita F. Cholewa. [Posted 19 February 2002]

    Armando T. Hunziker was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 29 August of Swiss parents and died of cancer in Córdoba 12 December 2001. He studied Agronomy at the Facultad de Agronomía y Veterinaria, Universidad de Buenos Aires. He graduated in 1945, completing a dissertation, under the guidance of Prof. Lorenzo Parodi, on the species of Cuscuta from Argentina and Uruguay.

    With fellowship support from the Argentinian Association for the Advancement of Science, he held a postdoctoral position at Harvard University, working with Prof. I. W. Bailey (1948). He spent a study leave at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (1954), also supported by a fellowship. His career was distinguished by two fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (1961 – 1962 and 1979 – 1980) for further study in the United States.

    His teaching career included positions at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, where he was Professor from 1947 until 1982, when he retired. As a researcher, beginning in 1961 he had a permanent position in the National Research Council, where he was awarded the highest rank and was also member of its Board of Directors (1991 – 1994). He was appointed Director of the Museo Botánico de Córdoba and the Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal (1947 – 1999 and 1983 – 1999, respectively), where he guided several Ph.D. students. He was awarded funds from literally all the funding agencies in Argentina for a range of studies on the morphology and systematics of native flowering plants, specially the Solanaceae. He created the botanical journal Kurtziana in 1961, and was its editor until recently. In addition, he was the Director of the Flora Fanerogámica Argentina project that is dedicated to publishing a complete flora of the flowering plants. He has edited the publication of around 80 fascicles.

    He received many honors in his career. Included among them are: member of the Academia Nacional de Ciencias and the Academia Nacional de Agronomía y Veterinaria, President of the Sociedad Argentina de Botánica, Honorary Professor of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, and recipient of the Konex, Eduardo L. Holmberg, and Weissmann prizes. He was also elected to corresponding membership in both the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Botanical Society of America.

    He published more than 150 papers on different aspects of the taxonomy and morphology of South American plants, including important works on the pseudocereals used by native South Americans. However, his most recognized contributions are on the systematics of the Solanaceae to which he devoted 50 years of his life and ca. 100 papers. He participated in all the international conferences on the family and was recognized by his "long and distinguished efforts and notable contributions to the study of Solanaceous plants" in St. Louis, 1982. Fortunately, he finished his most remarkable work Genera Solanacearum, The Genera of Solanaceae Illustrated (A. R. Gantner Verlag K.G., 2001) before cancer claimed his life. This book is the first one of the kind since Wettstein in 1891 published the Solanaceae for Die natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien (ed. Engler und Prantl). In this new book Prof. Hunziker gave a résumé of his detailed knowledge of the family based on morphology and distribution of the taxa, and presented a new system as well. He accomplished all of this with the great support of his distinguished colleagues at the Institute in Córdoba that he was instrumental in building to such prominence. He also maintained an active career in spite of serious personal losses in the dark periods of military dictatorship in Argentina. He was a dedicated, talented and productive scientist. He was also a charming and gracious host to all those who came to visit Argentina and the Institute. The "Hunziker contributions" continue through his published work, that of his many students, and that of his brother, Prof. Juan Hunziker, in Buenos Aires. — Gabriel Bernardello and Gregory J. Anderson. [Posted 1 February 2002]

    Dr. Fernando Ortiz Crespo died 13 September 2001 in a tragic accident on Lake Micacocha, high on Antisana Volcano outside Quito, Ecuador. He was 59. A native of Ecuador, he was a noted ornithologist and hummingbird expert, who also had an interest on plants. He earned his graduate degrees at the University of California at Berkley in the late 70s. He was a well-known and respected biologist who held important positions and help to develop various Ecuadorian institutions including the Biology Department of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, the Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales, Fundación Natura, and the Galapagos Institute. He also spent some years abroad at the University of the Sacred Heart, Santurce, Puerto Rico, and as Secretary for Technical and Scientific Affairs of the Italo-Latin American Institute based in Rome. While in Rome, he had access to historical archives and libraries and became interested in the early history of the introduction of quinine (Chinchona) to Europe (Ortiz Crespo, Memorie di Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, ser. 5 XVIII (Pt. II): 89-112, 1993; Arch. Nat. Hist 22(2): 169-181, 1995), a subject that was a work in progress until his death.

    In 1995 he assumed his last position as Technical and Scientific Director of FUNDACYT (Ecuador's Science Foundation), giving strong support to an array of projects, collaborations, and fellowships in biology. Fernando was well known among botanists working or visiting Ecuador. His enthusiasm and interest on Andean plants took him on various collecting trips. His collections are deposited at QCA and duplicates at AAU and NY. Fernando was a pioneer of both scientific development and environmental conservation in Ecuador. But most important, he was a teacher, a mentor, and a friend who inspired and supported several generations of Ecuadorian biologists, including myself. He will be dearly missed. — Carmen Ulloa Ulloa, St. Louis, Missouri. [Posted 7 January 2002]

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    PEOPLE

    John Pruski was hired in the fall of 2001 by the Missouri Botanical Garden (MO) as an Assistant Curator. As an Assistant Curator with a specialty in the Asteraceae (Sunflower family), his main responsibility is to coordinate, edit, and write treatments of the Asteraceae for the Flora Mesoamericana, including the Web version. Previously, Pruski wrote the Asteraceae for the Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana (Vol. 3 1997, Missouri Botanical Garden Press), was a coauthor of Index To Specimens Filed In The New York Botanical Garden Vascular Plant Type Herbarium (1985, Meckler Publishing), and he was an associate editor of the journal Brittonia from 1983 – 1993. Formerly, he was employed by the United States National Herbarium of the Smithsonian Institution (US) from 1992 – 2001 and by the New York Botanical Garden from 1982 – 1992. Potential contributors to the Asteraceae in Flora Mesoamericana may contact Pruski directly at 314 577-0832 or e-mail <john.pruski@mobot.org>.

    The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is pleased to announce the appointment of Emmet Judziewiciz as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. Dr. Judziewiciz received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has more than 15 years of experience working with plant resources in Wisconsin, and he is an international authority on tropical Poaceae, especially herbaceous bamboos. His new address is: Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481; voice: 715 346-4248; e-mail <ejudziew@uwsp.edu >.

    The New York Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that Aaron Liston, currently at the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, is the recipient of the Rupert Barneby Award for the year 2002. Dr. Liston will be studying the phylogenetic systematics of Astragalus and Trifolium. See "Funding and Award Opportunities" for more information about this award.

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    JOB OPPORTUNITIES

    Persons in the job market should consult the Newsletter/ Current News section of the ASPT homepage <http://www.sysbot.org> for detailed descriptions. Below are very abbreviated listings of job notices that have appeared on that source; complete information needed for applications is not included here. For many positions, the deadlines have passed and the positions may be filled. The listing here is primarily for readers who might be interested in which organizations have had openings in the general area of plant systematics. The date the positions were posted is in square brackets [day/month/year].

    Nearly all announcements have been edited to conserve space — be sure to obtain complete descriptions before applying.

    Cycad Biologist, Montgomery Botanical Center: The Cycad Biologist will supervise the development and expansion of MBC's Cycad Collection (over 2,500 plants) and oversee all documentation, inventorying, data collecting, mapping, research, and publications associated with the collection. The position requires undertaking and coordinating expeditions to enhance the scientific, educational, and conservation value and usage of the wild-collected population-based collection. We desire, but do not require, an individual to have a botanical graduate degree. Knowledge of cycads is a plus, but not a necessity. Applicant must be able to work outdoors and be able to undertake intensive, often-lengthy field trips to the tropical regions of the world. Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are a necessity. A commitment to learning, a strong work ethic, and attention to detail a must. Submit a cover letter and résumé by fax (305 661-5984) or by e-mail <walters@fiu.edu>to Dr. Terrence Walters. Questions concerning the position should be directed to Dr. Walters at 305 667-3800, ext. 22. Deadline for application is 15 September 15 2002 or until the position is filled. See our Web site at <http://www. montgomerybotanical.org/>. [Posted 12 June 2002]

    Two Positions at the New York Botanical Garden: The following herbarium positions are now or will soon be available at the New York Botanical Garden. If you have specific questions about a position, e-mail the contact person listed for each. General information about working at NYBG can be found at our Web site under Herbarium Employment Opportunities <http://www.nybg.org/bsci/herb/herb2.html>. Curatorial Assistant — Flora of Eastern Brazil project. One full-time position, available 1 August 2002. Basic Job Function: Participate in herbarium cataloguing projects and other herbarium tasks. Specific Duties: Data entry of information from labels of Brazilian plant specimens into a computer database. Selecting, sorting, and filing of databased specimens. Determination of municipios of Brazilian specimen collection localities. Processing of plant collections. Miscellaneous herbarium tasks as needed. Qualifications: Minimum of a B.A. or B.S. degree in plant biology; taxonomy coursework preferred. Must be organized and familiar with scientific plant names and other biological information and South American geography. Capable of accurate, efficient data entry of botanical and geographical information. Experience in databases and herbarium methods. Must be able to reach specimens in cabinets at 8 feet and at ground level. Working knowledge of Portuguese helpful. Contact Dr. Jacqueline Kallunki <jkallunki@nybg.org>, Associate Director of the Herbarium, for answers to specific questions about the position. Curatorial Assistant — Nonvascular plant type specimen catalog project. Full-time position, available 1 July 2002. Basic Job Function: Participate in herbarium databasing projects and other herbarium tasks. Specific Duties and Responsibilities: Enter information from labels on nonvascular plant type specimens into computer database; find and enter bibliographic citations from type specimens.Process vascular plant collections and other tasks as needed; enter data in computerized system for managing transactions; assist with specimen imaging and software testing as needed. Qualifications: A minimum of a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) or equivalent, preferably in plant biology; taxonomic coursework helpful. Organized and familiar with scientific plant names and the use of reference books. Capable of accurate and efficient data entry of botanical and geographical information. Experience with databases and herbarium methods. Able to reach specimens in cabinets 8 ft. high and at ground level. Contact Dr. Barbara M. Thiers <bthiers@nybg.org>, Director of the Herbarium, for answers to specific questions about the position. [Posted 11 June 2002].

    Curatorial Assistant, Botany, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia: Duties: 1. Work with curators and collection manager to plan for each phase of the project including preparing storage plan for specimens displaced by construction activities. 2. Implement the plan devised as step 1. This will include moving herbarium specimens in an organized fashion to temporary storage, placing specimens into newly renovated areas, reorganizing taxonomically and geographically, tracking the status of the specimens that will be frozen to eliminate insect pests. 3. Supervise the work of students and volunteers who will help with above. 4. Participate in the reorganization of the herbarium to streamline the taxonomic and geographic filing system. 5. Help with routine herbarium management tasks including processing loans, making labels, mounting plants, accessioning specimens, filing specimens, and preparing specimens for freezing. Qualifications: Education — college degree and some expertise in botany preferred. The ideal candidate will know enough about plant identification to recognize likely errors in filing and identification. Qualifications: Experience working in a herbarium and with specimens is preferred; familiarity with computers and database programs highly desirable; good organization skills and attention to detail are essential; ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a diversity of colleagues is required. Physical / Working conditions: Light lifting is required; dust and insect frass will be encountered routinely. Group: Biodiversity Group Department: Botany. Duration: Full time. One year application deadline: 30 June 2002. To apply: Send résumé, statement of intent, and names/addresses (e-mail preferable) of three referees to Lucinda A. McDade, Associate Curator and Chair, Department of Botany, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Voice: 215-405-5087; fax: 215-299-1028; e-mail: <mcdade@acnatsci.org>. [Posted 3 June 2002]

    Botanical Society of America, Executive Director: The Botanical Society of America soon will relocate its headquarters to Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. We seek a dynamic, visionary Executive Director, the first in the society's history, to lead, oversee, and direct daily operations, facilitate staff development, coordinate and aid in developing various initiatives and programs, and facilitate strategic planning and plan implementation. Also, the selected candidate will develop new lines of communication, cooperation, and collaboration with a variety of external entities, maintain growth, oversee financial aspects of operation, supervise staff, and coordinate fundraising. The ideal candidate will have a deep interest in plant biology, a master's degree in a related area, Ph.D. preferred, plus seven years relevant and increasingly responsible experience. Proven analytical, problem resolution, decision-making skills, along with enthusiasm, creativity, and a collegial style are required. Demonstrated fundraising experience essential. Exceptional written and oral communication skills, ability to work collaboratively and synergistically with the Executive Committee, society committees, and other scientific or professional organizations, and demonstrated skill in administration and financial management a must. Position is open until filled; there is no closing date. To apply, submit curriculum vitae, along with names and addresses of three references to Missouri Botanical Garden, Human Resource Management, Attn: BSA Search Committee, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166; by e-mail to <jobs@mobot.org>; or by fax to 314-577-9597. Visit the BSA Web site <http://www.botany.org/> to learn more about the society. [Posted 11 May 2002]

    Manager, Conservation Programs, Center for Plant Conservation: RE-POSTED: Based in St. Louis, manages the Center for Plant Conservation's national rare plant conservation program. Manages the technical assistance program for the center and includes developing workshops and symposia, managing the database, and assisting and coordinating implementation of the priority regions program. Coordinates the process of developing and disseminating technical policies, standards, and protocols for CPC's network of 33 institutions. Develops and administers an internal review process for institutions to examine their programs, and assists institutions in evaluating the quality and genetic adequacy of their endangered plant collection. Writes and manages grants, develops action plans, supervises support staff, interns, and volunteers, and participates in conservation program planning, development, and advocacy at national and regional levels. A Ph.D. in botany/ecology with experience in plant conservation implementation is strongly preferred. A master's degree with extensive experience may also be successful. Three year's experience in implementing plant conservation activities or plant conservation management and/or research required. Experience in working with federal and state agencies and NGOs and knowledge of the plant conservation community highly desired. Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong computer and database management skills, and willingness to travel essential. We offer a comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement program, and a 403(b) with generous match. Apply to the Center for Plant Conservation, c/o Missouri Botanical Garden, Human Resource Management, Attn: MCP, 2345 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 or to <jobs@ mobot.org>. See <www.mobot.org/CPC/> for more information. Position is open until filled. [Posted 11 May 2002]

    Plant Systematics, Morton Arboretum: The Morton Arboretum is seeking an energetic and active researcher to fill the position Plant Systematist and Herbarium Curator. The successful candidate will serve as the taxonomic authority for the arboretum and curate the herbarium (MOR), the second largest herbarium (155,000 specimens) at a US arboretum. In addition, it is expected that the successful candidate will conduct novel plant systematics research focused on woody temperate plants, oversee the success of the Chicago Region Virtual Herbarium <www. vplants.org>, and participate in regional plant conservation partnerships. It is expected that the plant systematist will interact actively with staff in collections and in education. Requirements for this position include a Ph.D. in plant systematics, specific experience with temperate woody plants, a knowledge of native and cultivated plant taxa, and an understanding of botanical and cultivated plant codes. To apply, please send curriculum vitae, complete contact information for five references, and cover letter to: Human Resources Manager, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532. See our Web page at <www. mortonarb.org>. For full consideration, applications must be received by 28 June 2002. [Posted 30 April 2002]

    Botany Position, Blackburn College: The biology department of Blackburn College, a unique four-year liberal arts work college, is seeking a biologist for an entry level tenure-track position to teach botany, plant physiology, genetics (classical and molecular), and a non-majors biology course. The development of one or more courses in the successful applicant's area of interest is also possible. Additional duties will include the management of three greenhouses with the assistance of students in our work program. A Ph.D. in botany or the biological sciences is required. Research, although not required, is encouraged, particularly with student participation. See our Web page at <http://www.blackburn.edu/>. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, statement on teaching, evidence of effective teaching, and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Richard Crowell, Biology Chair, Blackburn College, 700 College Avenue, Carlinville, IL 62626. Deadline for receipt of applications is 10 May 2002, however, applications will be considered until the position is filled. [Posted 30 April 2002]

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    FELLOWSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS, POST-DOCS

    Nearly all announcements have been edited to conserve space, be sure to obtain complete descriptions before applying. Please see notice at top of "Job Opportunities."

    Two Positions at The Field Museum, Chicago, to participate in studies on the molecular evolution and systematic relationships as part of an NSF-funded PEET project. The goals of the project are to circumscribe the species of Podospora using a combination of morphological and molecular characters, to assess patterns of genetic variability in cosmopolitan taxa, and to resolve the phylogenetic relationships among the genera of the Lasiosphaeriaceae s.l. and the other major groups of the Sordariales. Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Ascomycetes. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in mycology, with a strong research background in molecular systematics and familiarity with DNA sequencing techniques. Duties of the position are to oversee the collection and analysis of molecular data, to assist in the training of students in molecular techniques, and to work effectively as a member of a research team. As a member of this PEET team, the postdoc will be both a trainer and a trainee, who will gain valuable knowledge about the systematics of ascomycetes. The project will provide opportunities for field work in North America, Europe, and New Zealand, as well as participation in national and international conferences and workshops. Please submit a cover letter with a description of research experience and interests, CV, and list with e-mail addresses of three references. Graduate Student Assistantship Position in Ascomycetes. The project emphasizes training in 1) the diverse components of traditional collections-based studies, 2) molecular techniques, phylogenetic reconstruction, data handling, analysis, and electronic dissemination of information, and 3) field work. Experience in ascomycete studies or molecular systematics is advantageous. The successful candidate will join a group using multidisciplinary approaches in systematic research. Field Museum mycologists include Sabine Huhndorf, Fernando Fernández (nonlichenized Ascomycetes), Gregory Mueller, Patrick Leacock (macrofungi, especially Agaricales), Thorston Lumbsch and Robert Lücking (lichenized fungi). The graduate student will need to fulfill the requirements necessary to be admitted in the Ecology and Evolution program of the Biology Department at the University of Illinois in Chicago. For both positions, contact Dr. Sabine Huhndorf, Department of Botany, The Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496. Phone: 312-665-7855; fax: 312-665-7158; e-mail: <shuhndorf@fmnh.org>. Visit our Web site at <http://www.fieldmuseum.org/research_collections/botany/default.htm>. [Posted 17 June 2002]

    Postdoctoral Position in Legume Systematics, Cornell University: Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship to participate in a study of mimosoid legume genera. We will conduct a phylogenetic analysis based on both molecular and morphological data and will eventually produce a generic-level revision, complete with keys and detailed descriptions. A strong background in systematics and familiarity with molecular techniques is required, and applicants must be able to work independently. Opportunity for field work in Africa and/or Latin America. A one-year stipend with benefits is available, and is renewable to two or possibly three years based on good performance. Interested applicants should send a CV, a brief statement of research interests and experience, and the names of three references to: Melissa Luckow, Bailey Hortorium, 462 Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14953. Phone: 607-255-7829, e-mail: <MAL8@cornell.edu>. [Posted 15 May 2002]

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    INSTITUTIONS

    Two Notices from The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia

    1) Temporary Delays. Dear Colleagues: Some of you will be aware that we at PH (The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia) received funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation to re-house our herbarium specimens, a switch from open-faced wooden shelving on compactors to proper herbarium cabinetry on compactors, and HVAC improvements. This process is going to keep us very busy for the next six months and we would therefore request that any outstanding loans, gifts, or exchange material not be sent to us before early 2003. We do not, however, anticipate losing access to specimens for extended periods. As a result, we will continue to make every effort to process loan requests and other queries in a timely fashion as they are received. Thank you for your cooperation. — The Herbarium Crew, PH <

    2) Exchanges Wanted. We are in the beginning stages of processing our large backlog here in the Herbarium of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. The material ranges from local Pennsylvania collections to a large collection of Asian plants. While processing, we have uncovered many duplicates and wish to find good homes for these. Please let us know if you would like to receive duplicates from us and supply preference regarding geographic region, taxa, etc. We do not have good records of our historic exchanges with other herbaria and thus cannot simply reestablish an existing program of exchange. We do not know whom we owe or vice versa, and will accept your records as accurate. Some of you will be aware that we received funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation to re-house our herbarium specimens, a switch from open-faced wooden shelving on compactors to proper herbarium cabinetry on compactors, and HVAC improvements. This process is going to keep us very busy for the next six months and we would therefore request that any exchange material not be sent to us until after this time. We look forward to hearing from you and to reestablishing an active exchange program. James Macklin Ph.D., Collection Manager, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Biodiversity Research Group, Botany Department, 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195. Phone: 215-405-5088; e-mail: <macklin@acnatsci.org>. See our Web site at <http://www.acnatsci.org/research/biodiv/botanyresearch.html>.

    Claude E. Phillips Herbarium Receives Significant Book Donations

    Dr. Robert F. C. Naczi, Curator of the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium at Delaware State University, has reported two significant book donations. The first is the international book collection of Dr. Fred and Mrs. Mary Hough. "Dr. Hough was an eminent pomologist at Rutgers University who introduced many new apples and other fruits to cultivation in this country. His wife, Mary, collected books on local floras and medicinal plants in their trips to Russia, Eastern Europe, China, and Brazil. Most of these books cannot be valued," says Dr. Naczi, "because they appear to be the only copies in the western world. The most significant books are those on fruits of the world, such as Ampelografia SSSR, a six-volume work on the grapes of Russia. This work was hand-carried out of Russia by the Houghs during the Cold War, and it is currently not listed in public libraries in North America, Western Europe, or Japan, so it is a real treasure in our collection." The other donation is part of the life-long collection of botanical and horticultural books from Dr. Arthur O. Tucker, Research Professor at D.S.U. Current valuation of the books donated in 2001 exceeds $10,000, so this is a significant gift. Dr. Tucker donated so many books that this gift represents the core of our library. The book collections are open to researchers by appointment, as is the collection of plant specimens in the herbarium, by contacting either Dr. Naczi at 302 857-6450, e-mail <rnaczi@dsc.edu>, or Dr. Susan Yost, Educator, at 302 857-6452. See our Web site at <http://www.desu.edu/herbarium/>.

    Opening of the International Plant Science Center, New York Botanical Garden

    In May 2002, The New York Botanical Garden inaugurates the largest expansion ever of its plant research division, the International Plant Science Center. This major endeavor includes a new facility for the garden's William and Lynda Steere Herbarium — the largest plant-research collection in the Western Hemisphere, with 6.5 to 7 million plant specimens representing all plant groups and fungi. Called a "national treasure" by the National Science Foundation, the herbarium is extensively used by botanical researchers worldwide. Also included in the facilities expansion is The LuEsther T. Mertz Library — the largest and most comprehensive plant research and horticulture library in the Western Hemisphere — which opens in the restored and renovated historic library building. The Mertz Library maintains more than 75% of the world's literature on systematic botany and approximately 70% of the world's published floras. In celebration of these new and restored facilities and a century of plant science, the garden is offering a rich array of public programs that explore the importance of plant research to society. Visitors can tour the collections, view special exhibitions, and hear scientists discuss their work. This special opportunity, entitled "In Celebration of Plant Science," will take place 1 May–31 July 2002. Information about the many special programs and exhibitions is available at <http://www.nybg.org/events/celebratescience.html>.

    University of Michigan Herbarium Move Completed

    The move of the University of Michigan Herbarium into temporary quarters (announced in ASPT Newsletter 15(2): 10) has been completed. While the staff is still working on unpacking from the move and settling into our new space, the collection and library can now again be accessed. Researchers planning to visit MICH prior to 1 June should contact the appropriate curator prior to their visit so that we can be certain that the portion of the collection of interest to them is available for their use. Most telephone numbers, including our main telephone (734 764-2407) and fax (734 647-5719), remain the same. Loan activity from the fungus collection has resumed; information on the other collections can be obtained from the appropriate curator. There is a backlog of shipments and requests involving the vascular plant collection; we ask your patience while we work through them. Shipments to the University of Michigan Herbarium should now be sent to the following address: University of Michigan Herbarium, Suite 112, 3600 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48108-2287. — Richard K. Rabeler, Collections Manager, Vascular Plants, University of Michigan Herbarium. See our Web page at <http://herbarium.lsa.umich.edu>. [Revised 21 March 2002]

    Yale University Collections Moving

    This fall Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History will begin the move of several collections to the Environmental Science Center. The ESC is a new facility for collection storage, teaching, and research. The ESC replaces the former Bingham Laboratory and will be part of the Peabody Museum–Kline Geology Laboratory complex. Access (i.e., loans, visits, data requests) to those collections slated for the new facility will be limited. It is estimated that the Botany Collections will be moving 15 February–15 April 2002. For information, contact Michael Donoghue, The Herbarium, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, P.O. Box 208118, New Haven, CT 06520-8118. Voice: 203-432-2074; e-mail: <michael.donoghue@yale.edu> or see the Web page at <http://www.peabody.yale.edu/collections/bot/>.

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    FUNDING AND AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

    American Philosophical Society, Research Programs: All information and forms for all of the society's programs can be downloaded from our Web site <http://www.amphilsoc.org>. Click on "Grants" on the homepage. General Information about All Programs: Grants are made for research only. The society makes no grants for academic study or classroom presentation, for travel to conferences or workshops, for non-scholarly projects, or for assistance with publication or translation. Eligibility: Applicants may be residents of the United States, or American citizens resident abroad. Foreign nationals whose research can only be carried out in the United States are eligible. Grants are made to individuals; institutions are not eligible to apply. Specific requirements are given under each listing. Application forms: If forms cannot be downloaded from the Web site, they may be requested by e-mail as Word documents, or by mail; be sure to include: 1) indication of eligibility for the program 2) nature of the research (e.g. archival, laboratory, fieldwork, etc.) 3) proposed use of the funds (travel, purchase of microfilm, etc.) Foreign nationals must state the objects of their research, available ONLY in the United States. Questions concerning the eligibility of a project or the use of funds are accepted at 215-440-3429. Address: Committee on Research, American Philosophical Society, 104 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. The e-mail address for grants inquiries is: <eroach@ amphilsoc.org>; include a postal address. Brief Information about Franklin Research Grants: Applicants are normally expected to have a doctorate, or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Pre-doctoral students are not eligible, but the society is especially interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate. Scope: The program is designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes, the purchase of microfilm, and the costs associated with fieldwork or laboratory research expenses. The program does not accept proposals in journalistic writing, for the preparation of textbooks or teaching aids, or the work of creative and performing artists. Maximum award: $6000. Deadlines: October 1, December 1. Decisions are reached in late January and in March. Information up-dated: May, 2002.

    Fulbright Scholar Grants, 2003–2004: The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering 51 lecturing, research, and lecturing/research awards in Biological Sciences for the 2003 – 2004 academic year. Awards for both faculty and professionals range from two months to an academic year. While many awards specify project and host institution, there are a number of open "Any Field" awards that allow candidates to propose their own project and determine their host institution affiliation. Foreign language skills are needed in some countries, but most Fulbright lecturing assignments are in English. Application deadlines for 2003–2004 awards are: May 1 for Fulbright Distinguished Chair awards in Europe, Canada, and Russia and August 1 for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide. For information, visit our Web site at <http://www.cies.org> or contact: The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 3007 Tilden Street, N.W. – Suite 5L, Washington, D.C. 20008. Phone: 202-686-7877; e-mail <apprequest@cies.iie.org>.

    Rupert Barneby Award: The New York Botanical Garden now invites applications for the Rupert Barneby Award for the year 2003. The award of US$ 1,000 is to assist researchers to visit The New York Botanical Garden to study the rich collection of Leguminosae. Anyone interested in applying for the award should submit their curriculum vitae, a detailed letter describing the project for which the award is sought, and the names of 2 – 3 referees. Travel to the NYBG should be planned for sometime in the year 2003. The application should be addressed to Dr. James L. Luteyn, Institute of Systematic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden, 200th Street and Kazimiroff Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126 USA, and received no later than 1 December 2002. Announcement of the recipient will be made by 15 December.

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    SYMPOSIA AND MEETINGS

    NOTE: LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!

    2002

    Flowers: Diversity, Development and Evolution, 5 – 7 July 2002, Zurich, Switzerland \

    See ASPT Newsletter 15(2), December 2001.

    Botany 2002, 4 – 7 August 2002, Madison, Wisconsin

    The annual meeting of ASPT as well as of the Botanical Society of America, American Fern Society, Canadian Botanical Association, and the Phycological Society of America. The theme of the meeting will be "Botany in the Curriculum: Integrating Research and Teaching." For information about the meeting, see the Web site <http://www.botany2002.org/>. A new FORUM focusing on botanical education and outreach will be held on Friday and Saturday (August 2 – 3), and it will be linked to the annual scientific meeting on Sunday (August 4) via workshops and field trips.

    49th Annual Missouri Botanical Garden Systematics Symposium, 11 – 12 October 2002

    The topic of this year's symposium is "The Genetics of Conservation." Barbara Schaal and Kathryn Kennedy are the moderators, and the speakers are Rob DeSalle, Tzen-Yuh Chiang, Michael Purugganan, Michele Dudash, Mitch Cruzan, Barbara Schaal, and Steven O'Brien. For more information, see <http://www.mobot.org MOBOT/research/symposium/welcome.shtml> or contact Systematics Symposium, Missouri Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299; or P. Mick Richardson, Voice: 314 577 5176; Fax: 31-577-0820; E-mail: <mick.richardson@ mobot.org>.

    VIII Latin American Botanical Congress, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 13 – 18 October 2002

    See ASPT Newsletter 15(2), December 2001.

    Plant Species-level Systematics: Patterns, Processes and New Applications, Leiden, The Netherlands, 13 – 15 November 2002

    Plant systematics has seen some dramatic changes over the past decades, mainly due to the application of molecular markers in phylogenetic reconstruction at the generic level and above. In contrast, species-level patterns and processes in plants are still generally less well understood, partly because of limited resolution of commonly used phylogenetic markers. This symposium seeks to review current insights from the fields of molecular biosystematics and speciation focussing on the following selected topics of particular importance: 1) Plant species radiations; 2) Molecular evolution in time and space; 3) Multiple genomes: plant hybrids, polyploids and systematics; and 4) Identification and diagnostics. Attendance is limited to 150 participants, and brings together a panel of internationally known experts, as well as scientist from within the Nationaal Herbarium Nederland. There will be invited papers, but the symposium is also open for contributed papers by anyone with an interest in species-level systematics and plant evolution, especially research students and post-doctoral fellows. Organisation: Nationaal Herbarium Nederland, IAPT and The Linnean Society of London. Information: <http://www. nationaalherbarium.nl/symposium2002>.

    2003

    Monocots III, 31 March – 5 April 2003, Claremont, California

    The Third International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons and Fourth International Symposium on Grass Systematics and Evolution will be hosted by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (Claremont, California, U.S.A.) on 30 March – 5 April 2003. Topics will include morphology, anatomy, development, reproductive biology, molecular biology, cytology, genomics, genetics, biochemistry, paleobotany, phylogenetics, classification, biogeography, ecology, and data integration. Sessions will be devoted to particular groups within monocots such as grasses and orchids. Monocots III will provide a rare opportunity for researchers in diverse fields to interact, share ideas, and form collaborations. We invite proposals from those who wish to organize sessions. A call for contributed papers and posters will follow. The conference proceedings will be published. Springtime marks the flowering peak of the diverse California flora, and field trips are planned. Visit <http://www.monocots3.org> for conference details; or write Monocots III, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-3157 U.S.A. E-mail info@monocots3.org>; fax 909 626-7670; telephone 909-625-8767, ext. 333. Co-sponsors include the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Botanical Society of America, and the International Association for Plant Taxonomy.

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    News from Other Societies

    The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories was formed in 1999 to provide a needed forum for discussion of critical biological and environmental specimen processing and storage issues. Most of their current membership is involved in collecting, processing, and storing human biological materials and environmental specimens. However, they are very interested in reaching out to other groups, such as botanic gardens and museums because many of the same standards of quality control, security, inventory management, and equipment maintenance are also necessary in maintaining all types of specimen collections. For more information, see their Web site at <http://www.isber.org/>.

    The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) invites and encourages members of its affiliated societies (including the ASPT) to submit manuscripts to its journal BioScience. BioScience, ranked 5/51 journals in the Biology category of ISI's Journal Citation Report, is the preeminent journal for overviews of research in the biological sciences, with strong suits in organismal and environmental biology and ecology. In addition to research overviews, it also publishes essays in a variety of areas pertinent to biology and its practice. With a paid circulation of about 8,500 copies per month, BioScience reaches an extremely broad readership, ranging from advanced high school students and teachers to professional biologists and policymakers. Information for contributors is available from the AIBS homepage <http://www.aibs.org/bioscienceguide/resources/contributors.html> or contact Matthew H. Greenstone, Science Editor for BioScience, 2404 Northwood Lane, Edmond, OK 73013. Voice: 405-607 0309; fax: 405-607 0310; e-mail: <mgreenstone@aibs.org>.

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    BOOKS RECEIVED

    Information provided by L. J. Davenport, Book Review Editor. The selection of reviewers and books to be reviewed in Systematic Botany are left to the discretion of the Book Review Editor. Members of ASPT who are interested in serving as a reviewer should contact Larry Davenport at <ljdavenp@samford.edu>.

    BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW, July 2002

    Biodiversity of Cyanoprocaryotes, Algae and Fungi of Israel: Family Agaricaceae, Tribe Agariceae by Solomon P. Wasser. 2002. 212 pp. ISBN 3-904144-87-1. EU$98.00 (hbk). Koeltz Scientific Books, PO Box 1360, D-61453 Koenigstein, Germany; http://www.koeltz.com.

    Blumea Supplement 13:Hypopterygiaceae of the World by Hans Kruijer. 2002. 388 pp. ISBN 90-71236-51-X. EU$70.00 (pbk). National Herbarium Nederland, Publications Department, PO Box 9514, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands; http://nhncml.leidenuniv.nl/rhb/.>

    Flora de la República de Cuba Fascículo 6: Gentianaceae, Juglandaceae, Phytolaccaceae, y Sapotaceae by numerous authors. 2002. 59 pp. ISBN 3-904144-86-3. EU$47.00 (pbk). Koeltz Scientific Books, PO Box 1360, D-61453 Koenigstein, Germany; http://www.koeltz.com.

    Flora of Siberia Volume 4: Araceae–Orchidaceae by L. I. Malyschev and G. A. Peschkova (eds.). 2001. 238 pp. ISBN 1-57808-103-3. $95.00 (hbk). Science Publishers, PO Box 699, Enfield, NH 03748; http://www.scipub.net.

    Frogs, Flies and Dandelions; the Making of Species by Menno Schilthuizen. 2001. 240 pp. ISBN 0-19-850393-8. $25.00 (hbk). Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, England; http://www.oup.com.

    Guide to the Bryophytes of Tropical America (Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden Volume 86) by S. Robbert Gradstein, Steven P. Churchill and Noris Salazar-Allen. 2001. 577 pp. ISBN 0-89327-435-6. $75.00 (hbk). New York Botanical Garden Press, 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126; http://www.nybg.org.

    The Jepson Desert Manual: Vascular Plants of Southeastern California by Bruce G. Baldwin, Steve Boyd, Barbara J. Ertter, Robert W. Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti, and Dieter H. Wilken (eds.).2002. 640 pp. ISBN 0-520-22775-1. $35.00 (pbk). University of California Press, 2000 Center Street, Suite 303, Berkeley, CA 94704; http://www.ucpress.edu.

    Malesian Seed Plants: Portraits of Non-Tree Families by M. M. J. van Balgooy. 2001. 260 pp. ISBN 90-71236-50-1. EU$45.00 (pbk). National Herbarium Nederland, Publications Department, PO Box 9514, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands; http://nhncml.leidenuniv.nl/rhb/.

    Plant Systematics: A Half-Century of Progress (1950 – 2000) and Future Challenges by Tod F. Stuessy, Elvira Hörandl and Veronika Mayer (eds.). 2001. 732 pp. ISBN and price unknown. International Association for Plant Taxonomy, Institute of Botany, University of Vienna, Rennweg 14, A-1030 Vienna, Austria; iapt@sl.botanik. univie.ac.at.

    Plants of Central Asia (Plant Collections from China and Mongolia) Volume 4: Gramineae by N. N. Tzvelev. 2001. 315 pp. ISBN 1-57808-115-7. $96.00. Science Publishers, PO Box 699, Enfield, NH 03748; http://www.scipub.net.

    Sabah Parks Nature Journal Volume 4: Systematics, Evolution and Ethnobotany of the Flora of Mount Kinabalu; Biodiversity Research and Conservation in Action by John H. Beaman (ed.). 2001. 142 pp. ISSN 1511-1121. Price unknown. Sabah Parks, PO Box 10626, 88806 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia; J.Beaman@rbgkew.org.uk.

    Seeds of New Zealand Gymnosperms and Dicotyledons by Colin J. Webb and Margaret J. A. Simpson. 2001. ISBN 0-9583299-3-1. NZ$90.00 (hbk). Manuka Press, PO Box 12 179, Christchurch, New Zealand; http://www. manukapress.co.nz.

    Toxic Plants of North America by George E. Burrows and Ronald J. Tyrl. 2001. 1350 pp. ISBN 0-8138-2266-1. $174.95 (hbk). Iowa State University Press, 2121 South State Street, Ames, IA 50014-8300; http://www. isupress. com.

    Wildflowers for All Seasons by Anna Vojtech and Ghillean T. Prance. 1989. 208 pp. ISBN 0-89327-436-4. $39.00. New York Botanical Garden Press, 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126; http://www.nybg.org.

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    NEW WEBSITES

    There are many links on other Web sites (start with <http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/ FLORA/tfp/tfplinks.html>) to pages that have information applicable to plant taxonomy. On this current page, we will add new sites as they come to our attention. If you have a new or revised Web site that may be of interest to the membership of ASPT, please send the URL address to the editor of the newsletter. This section is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all sites useful to plant taxonomists.

    An Analytic Bibliography of On-line Neo-Latin Texts by Dana F. Sutton, Professor of Classics, The University of California, Irvine, is analytic bibliography of Latin texts written during the Renaissance and later that are freely available to the general public on the Web at <http://e3.oac.uci.edu/~papyri/bibliography/>. This includes many botanical publications.

    The Neotropical Botany Pages: A Cooperative Information Center for Digital Documentation of Neotropical Plant Diversity is at <http://www. botanypages.org>. This site has numerous links from the front page to sections on Myristicaceae, Lecythidaceae, Bat – Plant Interactions, and the botany of a new conservation concession in Madre de Dios, Peru, known as Los Amigos. The latter has an image gallery of ~1200 images, mostly of plants, searchable by family. Specialists in various groups are encouraged to send their determinations of unidentified species. Some of these sites are undergoing various additions and stages of improvement. Please send comments to Amanda Neill <aneill@ nybg.org> or John Janovec<jjanovec@ nybg.org>.

    The University of Iowa Herbarium announces a new Web site <http://www.cgrer.uiowa.edu/herbarium>. This Web site is designed to be useful to professionals, but also to serve as an educational and outreach tool for the university community and the people of Iowa. In addition to providing basic information on herbaria, collections, and their uses, its purpose is to highlight the multifaceted resource this herbarium represents; the pivotal role of this collection in the historical development of the biological sciences at this university; and the practical application of plant collections' data as documentation for endangered species legislation. The Web site includes an interactive database of all state listings of endangered and threatened plant species from 1977 to the present. For more information, contact Diana Horton, Director and Curator, University of Iowa Herbarium, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Iowa. E-mail <diana-horton@uiowa.edu>.

    An updated version of the Web page prepared for the Ekman Herbarium (the de facto National Herbarium of Haiti) is now available at <http://www.umce.ca/cours/martin/herbier_ekman>. This site includes an English version and an improved searching tool for the database. There will be no further changes before June 2002 when, hopefully, the database will be completed. Comments are welcome. For more information, contact, Martin Dubé, Ph.D., Edmundston Campus, University of Moncton, Edmundston, NB, CANADA E3V 2S8. Voice: 506-737-5154; fax: 506-737-5373; e-mail: martin@cuslm.ca>.

    The University of Michigan Herbarium [MICH] has a new Web site at <http://herbarium.lsa.umich.edu> (note: NO www as part of the address). Part of the new site contains searches for type specimens, Malpighiaceae nomenclature, and a checklist to the vascular flora of Mount Kinabalu, northern Borneo. Some databases are still incomplete but much is already useful. In addition, there is updated information about the herbarium's move (see "Institutions" above).

    The Interactive Identification of New World Salix (Salicaceae) is based on a DELTA database. It is hosted by the Alaska Natural Heritage Program of the University of Alaska-Anchorage. The database includes 154 taxa, each scored for 206 morphological and geographical characters. There are also links to Argus, G. W., C. L. McJannet, and M. J. Dallwitz. 1999. Salicaceae of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Canadian Museum of Nature and Argus, G. W. 1999. Classification of Salix in the New World. Botanical Electronic News # 277. Forthcoming links will include The genus Salix in Alaska and the Yukon (1973) and A Guide to the Identification of Willows in Alaska, the Yukon Territory, and Adjacent Regions (2000). The address is <http://www.uaa. alaska.edu/enri/willow/index.html>. For more information contact: George Argus, R.R.3-310 Haskins Road, Merrickville, Ontario, Canada K0G 1N0. Phone: 613-269-4605; e-mail <argus@sympatico.ca>.

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    Addendum

    Available for Purchase from the ASPT Business Office

    ASPT History Book: A History of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, The First Sixty Years — 1936 to 1996 by Eileen K. Schofield

    Offered at only $8.00 (postpaid) for ASPT members or $15 for non-members and institutions, this history discusses the organization of the society, membership, meetings, publications, awards, involvement in Flora North America, affiliations with other organizations, miscellaneous activities, and the influence of ASPT on systematics.

    Prepayment by credit card, check (in U.S. dollars made payable to ASPT), or money order is required. Send your payment and order to:

    Linda Brown
    ASPT Business Office
    Department of Botany
    University of Wyoming
    Laramie, WY 82071-3165
    U.S.A.
    phone: (307) 766-2556
    fax: (307) 766-2851
    email: <aspt@uwyo.edu>

    Seeking Donations of Back Issues of Systematic Botany

    Currently, the back issues office lists the following issues of Systematic Botany as out-of-stock: 22(4), 1997; 24(4), 1999; and 25(1), 2000. We occasionally receive orders from institutions for recent volumes and would like to have a few copies on hand in order to provide complete sets. If you would like to donate one of these issues to the Society, please contact Linda Brown <aspt@uwyo.edu> at the ASPT Business Office.


    This is the end of ASPT Newsletter Volume 16(1), July 2002

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