BioSynC 2011 - Coordinating work on regional and global diversity of Carex (Cyperaceae), the largest angiosperm genus of the temperate zone

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Carex (Cyperaceae) is the largest angiosperm genus of the temperate zone and ecologically important in floodplain forests, dry prairies, alpine meadows, peat lands, swamp forests, sedge meadows, and a wide range of other communities. This synthesis meeting, funded by the Biodiversity Synthesis Center of Encyclopedia of Life, will bring together systematists from North America, Europe, East Asia and Australia, floristic specialists from the Western Great Lakes Region, and representatives from Encyclopedia of Life, Scratchpads / ViBRANT, and the eMonocot Project to work collaboratively on the systematics of sedges. The meeting provides a rare opportunity for collaboration and communication between regional workers and global experts in the systematics and evolution of a widespread and ecologically important plant genus. Our primary goals are to:

  1. Synthesize and publish online a checklist of the estimated 2,100 species of Carex worldwide
  2. Create online portals to global Carex taxonomy, species pages, photos and literature
  3. Publish online species pages and identification keys for the ca. 200 Carex species of the Western Great Lakes Region
  4. Collaborate in enhancing biodiversity informatics tools being used in the global eMonocot, Encyclopedia of Life, and Scratchpads projects. Provide sufficient training and buy-in for participants so that they and their students will contine to add and modify content for Carex in the on-line checklist, EOL species pages, and Keys to Nature online keys.

More details are available in the original project proposal.

BioSynC Cyperaceae participants, 28 September 2011.
Standing, L to R: Jane Balaban, John Balaban, Gayle Tonkovich, Bethany Brown, Marlene Hahn, Marcia Waterway, Kyong-Sook Chung, Anton Reznicek, Paul Rothrock, Takuji Hoshino, Andrew Hipp, Elizabeth Zimmerman, Kenneth Dritz, Karen Wilson, Wayt Thomas, David Simpson, Marcial Escudero, Pedro Jimenez, Gerould Wilhelm, Shu-ren Zhang.
Kneeling, L to R: Edward Baker, Bil Alverson, Theodore Cochrane, Jennifer Kluse, Odile Weber, Timothy Jones, Berit Gehrke, Eric Roalson, Modesto Luceno, Kerry Ford, Leo Bruederle, Bruce Ford

Meeting details

Meeting dates
09/26/2011 - 09/30/2011. Arrival and departure dates vary depending on what group you are in. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew.
Meeting location
BioSynC, The Field Museum, Chicago IL, USA
Meeting coordinators
Andrew Hipp, Plant Systematist and Herbarium Curator, The Morton Arboretum.
Bil Alverson, Research Associate and Adjunct Curator of Botany, The Field Museum
BioSynC coordinator
Audrey Aronowsky. Audrey will be coordinating all aspects of your lodging, flights, and reimbursal of expenses.


Topics covered on this Wiki

BioSynC 2011 - Meeting agenda
BioSynC 2011 - Goals
This is the most important page to visit at first, as it lays out what we are setting out to accomplish as a group
BioSynC 2011 - Participants
If you are participating in the meeting (remotely or in person), please visit this page and update with your contact information
Photos
This page indicates what our photograph requirements are. Photos will be one of the most prominent outputs of our work, as people love authoritative photos. Especially, people love authoritative sedge photos!
Species pages
This page will eventually cover the format, styles, and standards for species pages that we write for this project. This page links to an important working document (see following)...
Cyperaceae species page fields and style guidelines
This page has the working list of fields for Carex species pages. Currently (1 Aug 2011) we are in discussion with the larger Cyperaceae group to add fields before we start drafting species pages.
Overview of eMonocot and Scratchpads
This page describes briefly the relationship between our project and eMonocot / Scratchpads.
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