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Chicago 2012 Meeting Two (Frullania Fest)

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 3:12pm -- Matt von Konrat

Working Towards a Model Systematic Treatment of a Hyper-Diverse Lineage Descended from Early Land Plants (Frullaniaceae, Marchantiophyta): Circular for Meeting Two

This is the second of two synergistic meetings relating to the central theme of an integrative systematic study of the liverwort genus Frullania. The project includes novel elements to help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and reduce the taxonomic impediment. 

The following is a preliminary agenda and details about the second meeting kindly supported by the primary sponsor - the Encyclopedia of Life Biodiversity Synthesis Center based at The Field Museum. 

Other sponsors include the National Science Foundation, The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Negaunee Foundation, The Field Museum, Chicago, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

The first meeting held in August, 2012, focused on education and outreach with the majority of participants from universities and colleges from the Chicagoland area. The second meeting will include national and international collaborators focusing on research-driven goals and deliverables.

For the detailed agenda of Meeting Two (November, 2012) as well as some useful documents for download, please click HERE


• Matt von Konrat (Adjunct Curator & Collections Manager, The Field Museum, Chicago)

VenueBiodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL, USA

Dates: Wednesday November 28 to Friday November 30, 2012

Time: 8.30-5:00pm [Light breakfast will be provided at 8.30am; lunch at noon, dinner c. 7.00pm]

Contacts: Anything relating to the content and subject matter of the meeting, or general questions, please contact Matt von Konrat <>

Anything relating to logistics, such as parking, transport, accommodation etc. please contact either Audrey Aronowsky <> or Sarah Kim <>
We give special thanks to Audrey, Beth and Sarah for all their efforts with logistics and organization.


• Yoshinori Asakawa, Professor, Tokushima Bunri University (Tokushima, Japan)
• Laura Briscoe, Research Assistant (The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Thomas Campbell, Biology Instructor (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago)
• Jorge Antonio Castillo Castro, student, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (Pichincha, Ecuador)
• Matthew Greif, Instructor, Dept. of Biology (Wilbur Wright College); Research Associate (The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Anders Hagborg, Associate (The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Jochen Heinrichs, Professor (Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany)
• Joern Hentschel, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Friedrich Schiller University  (Jena, Germany)
• Peter de Lange, Principal Science Advisor, Research and Development, New Zealand Department of Conservation, (Auckland, New Zealand)
• Juan Larraín, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Itambo Malombe, Senior Research Scientist (Nairobi, Kenya)
• Jairo Patino, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Duke University (USA/Belgium)
• Matt Renner, ABRS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Royal Botanical Gardens (Sydney, Australia)
• Robert Lücking, Adjunct Curator & Collections Manager, The Field Museum (Chicago, USA)
• Blanka Shaw, Database Manager, Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)
• Lärs Söderström, Professor, NTNU (Norway, Trondheim)
• Lynika Strozier, Research Assistant (The Field Museum, Chicago)
• Phiangphak Sukkharak, Lecturer, Burapha University (Chonburi, Thailand)
• Jaime Uribe Melendez, Profesor Asociado, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá, Colombia)
• Norm Wickett, Conservation Scientist, Genomics and Bioinformatics (Chicago Botanic Garden; Northwestern University, Chicago)
• Li Zhang, Bryologist, Fairy Lake Botanical Garden (Shenzhen, China)

Synopsis of meeting (preliminary):

Day 1, Wednesday, November 28
• Introductions
• Individual/group brief presentations

Day 2, Thursday, November 29
• Taxonomy/Classification and revised working list for Frullania worldwide.
• Specialist groups break-away sessions

Day 3, Friday, November 30
• Geography: Identify high priority geographical areas that are under-collected.
• Expand number of participants
• Develop a strategy for the synthesis and unification of data sets.


• Develop a revised working list for Frullania worldwide.
• Identify high priority geographical areas that are under-collected.
• Discuss current data, data structure, and feeding into EoL.
• Review major clades/subgenera, sections, e.g., MeteoriopsisThyopsiellaDiastaloba, and Frullania.
• Review weak areas in taxon sampling - both in terms of geographical and taxonomic coverage.
• Work towards a working, stable and informative classification system.
• Specific content for EoL taxon pages.
• Identify critical species-complexes for population level studies.
• Broadcast and announce findings and recommendations to BRYONET, IAB,
• Develop a strategy for the synthesis and unification of data sets.
• Increase the dissemination of evolutionary history and diversity through Encyclopedia of Life.


For the detailed agenda as well as some useful documents for download, please click HERE