Call for Applications, Educational Opportunities, Positions Available

Special Announcement

1999 Joint Field Meeting in Northern Indiana, Botanical Society of America, Northeastern Section, and Torrey Botanical Society

The 1999 joint field meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Botanical Society of America and the Torrey Botanical Society will be held in northern Indiana from June 20th to 24th. This area has an interesting mix of vegetation and flora, combining species typical of the prairie border and boreal regions with the deciduous forests of the Midwest. The meeting will include three days of field trips to savanna and prairie sites in northwestern Indiana, and to fens and mature forests in the northeastern part of the state. Sites to be visited will include the Jasper-Pulaski and Pigeon River areas, and the field trip leaders will include some well-known Indiana botanists. Evening programs will introduce regional plant ecology and floristics. The estimated meeting price of $225 will include air-conditioned housing (Sunday through Wednesday nights) and meals (Sunday evening through Thursday breakfast) on the campus of Manchester College, and transportation to field sites. For more information contact: Dr. David J. Hicks Biology Department, (219) 982-5309 604 College Avenue, Manchester College, North Manchester, IN 46962

Calls for Applications

The Rupert Barneby Award

The New York Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that Pable Lozano, currently studying at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, is the recipient of the 1998 Rupert Barneby Award. Mr. Lozano comes from Loja, Ecuador, with a degree from the School of Forestry there. He will be studying the woody genus Machaerium (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae: Dalbergieae) in Ecuador, as well as other legume genera of tropical ecosystems.

The New York Botanical Garden also invites applications for the1999 Rupert Barneby Award. The award of $1,000.00 is to assist researchers to visit the New York Botanical Garden to study the rich collection of Leguminosae. Anyone interested in applying for the award should submit their curriculum vitae and a detailed letter describing the project for which the award is sought. Travel to NYBG should be planned for sometime in 2000. The letter should be addressed to Dr. James L. Luteyn, Institute of Systematic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 10458-5126 USA, and received no later than December 1, 1999. Announcement of the recipient will be made by December 15th. Anyone interested in making a contribution to The Rupert Barneby Fund in Legume Systematics, which supports this award, may send their check, payable to The New York Botanical Garden, to Dr. Luteyn.

The Furniss Foundation/ American Orchid Society Graduate Fellowship

The American Orchid Society solicits applications from graduate students working towards their Ph.D. degree on orchid related dissertations for The Furniss Foundation/ American Orchid Society Fellowship ($9,000 per annum for up to three years). Interested candidates should submit an outline of their project, college transcript, a letter of recommendation from their chairperson and a brief one page statement of the value of their project and its impact on the future of orchidology. The deadline for submission is April 1, 1999. The successful candidate will be notified by June 15, 1999. Send applications to American Orchid Society, attention Ms. Pam Guest, 6000 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33405-4199.

Calls for Papers

Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences

Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences is a Quarterly publication, Published by the Capricorn Publications. This is the First Asian Scientific Journal which is also available on Internet ( It consists of Regional Editors from developed countries and a group of Technical Editors that are competent research scientists in their respective fields. This is the most regular journal published in Pakistan. More than three thousand visitors visit the journal's web site per month from all over the world. It shows the acceptability and recognition from the International viewer.

Materials published in this journal suppose to be circulated in20 million scientists in the world. I would like to request you to please send your valuable research findings for publication in the forth coming issue on the following address: Publication Manager Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences G.P.O. Box 8, 433-Sarfraz Colony, Fowara Chowk, Faisalabad-38090, Pakistan. PJBS cordially invites to visit journals" website (

Educational Opportunities

Biodiversity of Tropical Plants at Fairchild Tropical Garden June 14 - July 9, 1999

(4 units) Limited enrollment.

Instructor: Professor P. Barry Tomlinson, E. C. Jeffrey Professor of Biology, Harvard University.

Instruction is carried out within the educational facilities of Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami, Florida, whose living collections, the largest collection of tropical plants in the continental United States, provide the main focus of teaching activity. Field instruction will further involve the diversity of natural ecosystems in South Florida. Emphasis will be on reproductive biology, morphology, and anatomy within a strong systematic framework. Groups (both systematic and biological) of special interest include cycads, palms, tropical monocotyledons, epiphytes, lianas, mangroves, and sea grasses, as well as breeding mechanisms and architecture of tropical trees. The objective of the course is to provide advanced students of botany with a guided introduction to the diversity of plant form and function in the lowland tropics.

Prerequisites: reasonably extensive training in the botanical sciences and familiarity with the major plant groups. The course is taught at an advanced level and is most suited to students enrolled or about to be enrolled in a graduate program.

Admission is based on the Summer School application and a supplementary statement that includes the following information: course work in biology and related fields, relevant experience, travel experience in the tropics, and reasons for wanting to take the course. All application materials must be received at the Harvard Summer School by March 31, 1999. Preference will be given to graduate students.

Partial tuition and partial travel support are available for qualified students. Students will be housed collectively in comfortable and reasonably inexpensive accommodations close to Fairchild Tropical Garden.

Estimated expenses: Tuition: $1,650; Application fee: $50.00; Food and Accommodation: $35 per day.

For further information and supplementary application forms: Professor P. B. Tomlinson, Harvard Forest, Harvard University, P.O. Box 68, Petersham, MA 01 366 or Christine Santos, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Positions Available

Katherine Esau Chair
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of California at Santa Barbara invites nominations and applications for the Katherine Esau Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology.

We seek to hire a senior scientist with a distinguished research and teaching career in STRUCTURAL BOTANY doing research on vascular plants with primary emphasis on evolutionary and/or ecological processes and functions. We are particularly interested in a scientist whose primary research and teaching interests derive from a whole-plant perspective, and will contribute to and benefit from the strong ecological and evolutionary emphases of our department. Examples of interests that would complement emphases in our department include, but are not limited to: evolutionary aspects of plant morphology and anatomy ecological functional morphology functional plant architecture/biomechanics ecological anatomical structure and function evolutionary basis of morphogenesis evolutionary developmental morphology structural diversity and adaptation.

It is expected that the occupant of the Chair, in addition to conducting exemplary research and continuing a history of successful graduate student/post-doctoral training, will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses.

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology consists of 29 faculty members, approximately 1200 undergraduate student majors and 100 graduate students. In addition, DEEMB has strong ties with the UCSB Marine Science Institute, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Nominations and applications should be sent to the Esau Endowed Chair Recruiting Committee, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a recent curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of five references. This position is open until filled; however, for full consideration applications should be received no later that 31 March, 1999. The University of California is an AA/EO Employer.

Conservation Botanist
Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden, located north of Chicago in Glencoe, seeks a Conservation Botanist for its Endangered Plant Research program. Duties include conducting an applied, conservation-oriented research program focusing on the rare flora of the upper Midwest, collaborating with a wide range of academic and stewardship organizations, and disseminating research results through publications and presentations. The conservation Botanist also teaches one 6-week course every other year for the School of the Botanic Garden on general botany, field ecology, or plant identification. Requirements include a Ph.D. in botany, biology or a related field. Expertise in endangered plant management/research, conservation genetics, plant reproductive biology and/or plant demography strongly desired. Familiarity with the flora of the upper Midwest preferred. For further information about the position contact Kayri Havens, tel. (847) 835-8378, email To apply, send cover letter with statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to: Carol Chaney, Director of Human Resources, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. Review of applications with begin March 15, 1999 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. EOE.

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