"New Frontiers in Botany"
August 6 - 10, 2000
Oregon Convention Center
The Green Plant Phylogeny Research Coordination Group (GPPRCG) was formed to facilitate interactions among research groups studying 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. For more details, see: http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/bryolab/greenplantpage.html
The GPPRCG sponsored a student-run dinner/discussion on "The future of DEEP GREEN phylogenetic research" on Monday night August 7, 2000 at the Botany 2000 meetings in Portland, Oregon. To facilitate attendance at this discussion, and at the meeting itself, the GPPRCG awarded 16 travel grants of $200 each to 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.
Brief Details: The Monday night dinner/discussion provided an important opportunity for students to meet and interact with their peers, and to explore future directions. The discussion followed an informal dinner sponsored by the GPPRCG, and covered both future research goals and career/funding issues in this area, from the student perspective.