2016 – Linnean Society

Linnean Society Meeting at the Arnold Arboretum

Evolution | Biogeography | Natural History | Museum Collections

Linnean Society Poster

May 6-8, 2016

About the Meeting

In May, the Linnean Society will hold its first US-based meeting at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Massachusetts, with a mix of speakers from both the US and the UK. Topics include: Evolution – The Darwin Connection; Collections – The Linnaeus connection; Biogeography – The Wallace Connection; Past and Modern Perspectives on Evolution.

We would be very pleased if you could bring colleagues with an interest in Natural History. On Saturday, May 7, Fellows will be invited to come and be Formally Admitted by the President, including signing the Roll & Charter.


Featured Speakers

Anthony Campbell, Cardiff University

Dianne Edwards, Cardiff University

Greg Edgecombe, Natural History Museum, London

Joel Cracraft, American Museum of Natural History

Lynne Parenti, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Mark Spencer, Natural History Museum, London

Paul Brakefield, President Linnean Society of London, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Sandy Knapp, Natural History Museum, London

Simon Hiscock, University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Vicki Funk, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

William (Ned) Friedman, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University



Contact: The Linnean Society of London | Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, UK | | Tel: +44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11 | Charity Reference No. 220509

2015 – New Phytologist

35th New Phytologist Symposium

The genomes of forest trees: new frontiers of forest biology


35th New Phytologist Symposium logo (by APPS)

When: June 16-17, 2015
Location: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University at Weld Hill

New genomic technologies are bringing previously intractable but fascinating aspects of forest tree biology to the forefront of plant biology. Completed and ongoing sequencing projects are providing extensive expressed gene and even full genome sequence resources available for tree species from diverse taxa. At the same time, creative applications of genomic and sequencing technologies are producing tools capable of probing the fundamental processes responsible for woody growth and other unique biological processes in trees. Among the most promising but largely unexplored areas of research is the use of comparative evolutionary genomics approaches that can simultaneously illuminate key regulatory processes and how they have evolved over macro- and micro-evolutionary history. For example, the evolutionary innovations leading to the vast array of woody growth forms in extant plants are almost entirely unknown at the genetic level, but could soon be elucidated using comparative genomics approaches.


William Friedman
Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, Boston, USA
Andrew Groover
USDA Forest Service and University of California, Davis

Keynote speaker:

Peter Crane Yale University, New Haven, USA


Siobhan Brady University of California, Davis, USA
Taku Demura Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan
Steve DiFazio West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA
Carl Douglas University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
William Friedman Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, Boston, USA
Isabelle Henry University of California, Davis, USA
Nathalie Isabel Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Québec, Canada
Catherine Kidner University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
David Neale University of California, Davis, USA
Kaisa Nieminen University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Jonathan Plett Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Nathaniel Street Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Jill Wegrzyn University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA
Matthew Zinkgraf USDA Forest Service, Davis, USA

Discussion leader:

Steve Strauss Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA


Learn more at New Phytologist.

2015 – AA in China
Wilson at Harvard

“The Harvard” houseboat, used by E. H. Wilson on his first trip to China for the Arnold Arboretum.

Symposium: The Arnold Arboretum in China

Reflections on a Century of Plant Exploration in China with Harvard University

When: Friday, March 27, 2015 | 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Harvard Center Shanghai
5/F, Shanghai IFC-HSBC Building, 8 Century Avenue
Pudong, Shanghai

For over a century, researchers from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University have collaborated with Chinese botanists to collect, document, and study China’s rich floristic diversity. Through explorations by the likes of Ernest Henry Wilson and Joseph Rock and collaborations with eminent Chinese botanists like H. H. Hu and Shiu-Ying Hu, the Arnold Arboretum has amassed and investigated one the world’s premier collections of Chinese woody plants. This half-day symposium—featuring scientists and associates from both North America and China—will reflect on the history of the collection, its meaning and its continued importance today in the face of globalization, conservation issues, and climate change.


  • Michael S. Dosmann – Curator of Living Collections, Arnold Arboretum
    Chinese Plants in Boston: A Century of Collecting and Growing
  • David E. Boufford – Senior Research Scientist, Harvard University Herbaria
    Hengduan Mountains; Hotspot of Biodiversity
  • William (Ned) Friedman – Director of the Arnold Arboretum, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
    Research initiatives at the Arnold Arboretum
  • Guang-You Hao – Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Putnam Fellow, Arnold Arboretum
    Investigating the Paradox of Deciduous Conifers at the Arnold Arboretum
  • Kou Jin – Chief Director, “Chinese” Wilson Documentary for CCTV
    Introducing “Chinese” Wilson to China
  • Yin Kaipu – Chengdu Institute of Biology
    Tracing One Hundred Years of Change
  • Lisa Pearson – Head of the Library and Archives, Arnold Arboretum
    Picturing China: Treasures of the Arnold Arboretum Library and Archives

For more information on plant exploration and Arboretum plant explorers, visit the Arnold Arboretum Archives online, or search for articles in Arnoldia.