IBC 1999 Student Travel Grants


   The Green Plant Phylogeny Research Coordination Group (GPPRCG) was formed to facilitate interactions among research groups that have independent foci yet entail some aspect(s) of deep level phylogeny across the diversity of the "green" kingdom.  An improved understanding of the phylogeny of green plants not only allows the intellectual satisfaction of discovering the "roots" of this major component of the world's biotic diversity, but has important practical benefits as well.  Through the auspices of a tri-agency grant (USDA/NSF/DOE) the GPPRCG has, since 1994, sponsored or co-sponsored two to three symposia or workshops per year in the area of empirical and theoretical phylogenetics.

   To summarize the current state of knowledge of deep level green plant phylogeny, and to make this information available to the botanical community, GPPRCG will sponsor a series of eight interlocking symposia at the XVI International Botanical Congress to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, 1-7 August, 1999.  In order to increase participation by young investigators, the GPPRCG will award at least ten travel grants of up to $500 each.  Undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students (within 5 years of their Ph.D.) whose primary research focus is the study of DEEP LEVEL GREEN PLANT PHYLOGENETICS are eligible for these awards. To apply, applicants should send a short curriculum vitae (2-page limit), a one-page statement describing their research interests and experience in green plant phylogenetics, and a letter of recommendation from their primary advisor, in duplicate, to: Dr. Elizabeth Zimmer, LMS, MSC, MRC534, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, MD  20746 (Email: zimmer@lms.si.edu; FAX 301-238-3059).  Application deadline is FEBRUARY 1, 1999.

For more information on the GPPRCG (including minutes of the past meetings, as well as Data Availability Matrices for the major lineages of green plants), the IBC, and the green plant phylogeny symposia, refer to the following web sites

GPPRCG Web Page: http///bryolab/greenplantpage.html

IBC Web Site: no longer available

Symposia information: http///bryolab/GPphylo/events.html

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