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A Symposium in Honor of Sherwin Carlquist

Taylor, Witt [1], Smith, S. Y. [2].

A Symposium in Honor of Sherwin Carlquist.

Dr. Sherwin J. Carlquist, Research Botanist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, has a long and distinguished career in the plant sciences. His work has shown the importance of wood anatomical studies for unraveling evolutionary relationships among the angiosperms and the value of wood as a proxy for assessing climate. His contributions span the areas of island biogeography, the systematic value of comparative wood anatomy, and the ecology of wood structural/functional relationships.
Carlquist's volume Comparative wood anatomy: Systematic, ecological, and evolutionary aspects of dicotyledon wood (1961, 2d ed. 1988, 3d ed. 2001) was significantly showed the value of wood anatomy as a powerful tool for systematic, phylogenetic and ecological study. After looking at the patterns of wood development within a phylogenetic context, he went back to the anatomical realm to further expand his ideas about relationships of secondary xylem in Ecological strategies of xylem evolution (1975).
If Darwin thought that islands were the laboratory for studying evolution, Sherwin Carlquist took advantage of this concept and has used islands as his personal laboratory for the study of woody plants. Among his best-known contributions is his 1974 book Island Biology, which framed his ideas about dispersal, establishment and radiation of biota into new environments. He further expanded this approach to address in detail how plants became dispersed among different island chains both throughout the world, particularly in Hawaii: a natural history; geology, climate, native flora and fauna above the shoreline :1970, 2d ed. 1980. He particularly embraced the study of one of the most complex radiations of all island plants, that of the silversword alliance in Tarweeds & silverswords: evolution of the Madiinae (Asteraceae) (2003).
This symposium will bring together colleagues from a wide range of botanical fields covering topics from wood anatomy to island botany, thus honoring Dr. Carlqist’s contributions.

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1 - Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences, Box 874501, Tempe, AZ, 85287, USA
2 - Royal Holloway University of London, Department of Geology, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, United Kingdom

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Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY10
Location: Continental B/Hilton
Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: SY10SUM
Abstract ID:2469

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