Schedule

Additional presentation titles and other details will be posted as they are made available.

NOTE: Wifi will not be available at the symposium’s venue, The Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Please bring your hotspot device or cell phone to access the Internet.

Tuesday, April 22

Time Event Location
 7:00 am–Noon Registration/Check-in Lobby, North Entrance, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 7:30 am Continental Breakfast The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 8:00 am Welcome
Dr. Robert Olin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 8:30 am “Life in the Treetops: Challenges of a Woman Arbornaut”
Dr. Meg Lowman
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 9:10 am Questions
 9:25 am Break
 9:45 am “Experimental Studies of Biodiversity in Nature, Where Ecology Meets Evolution”
Dr. Jonathan Losos
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 10:25 am Questions The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 10:40 am Break
 11:00 am “Evolutionary Innovations in Extreme Environments:
Hermaphroditic Fish Adapted to Life on Land”
Dr. Ryan Earley
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 11:20 am Questions The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 11:30 am Panel Discussion
 11:50 am Buffet Lunch Recruitment Room, First Floor, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 1:30 pm “Snakes and Primates: An 80-Million-Year-Long Dialog”
Dr. Harry Greene
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 2:10 pm Questions
 2:25 pm Break
 2:45 pm “Biodiversity of the Southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain”
Dr. Bruce Means
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 3:25 pm Questions
 3:40 pm Break
 4:00 pm “Suture Zones and Cryptic Biodiversity in Alabama”
Dr. Leslie Rissler
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 4:20 pm Questions
 4:30 pm Panel Discussion
 4:50 pm Day One Concludes
 7:00 pm Plenary Session: “The State of Global Biodiversity”
Dr. Edward O. Wilson
Concert Hall, Moody Music Building
 8:30 pm Book Signing for A Window on Eternity: Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique Lobby, Moody Music Building

Wednesday, April 23

Time Event Location
 7:00 am–Noon Registration/Check-in Lobby, North Entrance, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 8:00 am Continental Breakfast The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 8:30 am “Natural History Informs Conservation: Penguins as Ocean Sentinels”
Dr. P. Dee Boersma
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 9:10 am Questions
 9:25 am Break
 9:45 am “Hidden Worlds: Biodiversity of Marine Microbes”
Dr. E. Virginia Armbrust
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 10:25 am Questions
 10:40 am Break
 11:00 am Plant Biodiversity in the Tree of Life”
Dr. Juan Lopez-Bautista
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 11:20 am Questions
 11:30 am Panel Discussion
 11:50 am Buffet Lunch
 1:30 pm “After Biodiversity: Valuing Nature for the Twentieth Century”
Dr. Sahotra Sarkar
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 2:10 pm Questions
 2:25 pm Break
 2:45 pm “Genomes, Feathers and Flight: Biodiversity and Evolution through the Lens of Genomics”
Dr. Scott V. Edwards
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 3:25 pm Questions
 3:40 pm Break
 4:00 pm “What Is Biodiversity?”
Dr. Richard A. Richards
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 4:20 pm Questions
 4:30 pm Panel Discussion
 4:50 pm Day Two Concludes

Thursday, April 24

Time Event Location
 8:00 am Continental Breakfast The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 8:30 am Student Poster Session The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 9:30 am “How Humans and Ants Conquered the World”
Dr. Edward O. Wilson
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 10:10 am Questions
 10:30 am Break
 10:50 am “Alabama’s Biodiversity: What We Have, Why We Have It, and Why It Matters”
Dr. Scot Duncan
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 11:30 am Questions
 Noon Lunch Recruitment Room, First Floor, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 1:15 pm “Virus Biodiversity: Mutation, Genetic Differences, Selection, Propagation, Disease”
Dr. Michael Oldstone
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 1:55 pm Questions
 2:10 pm “Soil Invertebrates: the Elephants and Tigers of the Antarctic Dry Valleys”
Dr. Diana H. Wall
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 2:50 pm Questions
 3:00 pm Panel Discussion
 3:20 pm Break
 3:40 pm Dissertation Research Briefings
Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Fellows
Scotty DePriest
Mike Kendrick
Sam Perkins
The Zone, Bryant-Denny Stadium
 4:15 pm Questions
 4:30 pm Symposium Concludes