Title of symposium:
Origins, assembly and evolution of the South and SE Asian biota: insights from rocks, fossils, genes and plots
Dr. Robert M. Kooyman
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri, USA
Prof. Darren Crayn
Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University, Australia
Prof. Peter Wilf
Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, USA
This symposium on the ‘Origins, assembly and evolution of the South and SE Asian biota’ integrates selected evidence from diverse sources, including geology and landscape evolution, climatology, paleobotany / palynology, ecology (functional and community), and genetics (phylogenetics and genomics). The intention is to showcase the most recent insights and updates on this topic from multiple disciplines and sources, and explore some of the contrasts in findings between these different methods (e.g., contrasts in timelines between the fossil record and phylogenetic dating of divergences; and contrasts in interpretation of floristic and phylogenetic relationships of the SE Asian rainforest biota). The overall objective is to synthesize and contextualize understanding of the timelines and assembly of some of the most threatened, complex and biodiverse systems (tropical rainforests) in one of the most geologically and geographically complex regions on Earth.
List of Symposium Speakers and Presentation Titles
- Dr. Robert Morley
Title: Assembly of the Southeast Asian flora in relation to tectonic and climate change
Affiliations: Palynova; Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University. Surrey, UK
- Associate Professor Ferry Slik (Curator of the UBD Herbarium)
Title: Floristic and phylogenetic grouping of the SE Asian rainforest
Affiliations: Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam.
- Dr. Robert M. Kooyman
Title: Paleo-Antarctic Plant Lineages in Rainforests of Southeast Asia: timing, diversity and ecology
Affiliations: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri, USA.
- Prof. Peter Wilf
Title: Patagonia to Kinabalu: plant fossils show significant West Gondwanan legacy in SE Asian rainforests
Affiliation: Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, USA.
- Assoc. Prof. Tao Su
Title: Timelines, origins and ancestry of modern Asian biodiversity
Affiliation: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, Yunnan, China.
- Prof. Darren Crayn (or Ms Elizabeth Joyce)
Title: The Sunda-Sahul floristic exchange
Affiliation: Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University, Australia
- Dr. Sarah Mathews (or Dr. Cam Webb)
Title: The biogeography of Indonesian forests
Affiliation: CSIRO, Australia
- Dr. Joeri Strijk
Title: Sino-Australasian Lauraceae: Dissecting Genomes, Islands and Time
Affiliation: Biodiversity Genomics Team, Guangxi University, China
- Dr. Caroline Pannell
Title: The likely contribution of vertebrate seed-dispersers to the Sunda-Sahul floristic exchange.
Affiliation: Dept. Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, UK
- Dr. Paul Oliver
Title: Contingency, determinism and the assembly of insular communities: lessons from trans-Wallacean lizard radiations.
Affiliation: Australian National University and Griffith University, Australia
- Dr. Michael Balke
Title: Complex patterns of biodiversity across geologically even more complex tropical landscapes.
Affiliation: Zoologische Staatssammlung Munich, Germany
- Dr. Rafe Brown
Title: Timing, pathways and outcomes of frog dispersal between Sunda and Sahul.
Affiliation: KU Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas, USA
- Ms Sam Yap/ Dr. Maurizio Rossetto
Title: Filters of floristic exchange: How traits and climate shape the rain forest invasion of Sahul from Sunda
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia