4th INTERNATIONAL CONVERENCE
8-12 January, 2009
Your IBS Board and specifically Ella Vazquez-Dominguez and the Local Committee at the Instituto de Ecologia, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico D.F. invite you to plan ahead now to attend the 2009 biennial meetings of the IBS in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from 8 to 12 January 2009.
Merida is in the midst of cultural, natural, historical, and geological riches. The beautiful colonial "White City" was founded in January 1542 on the ruins of the Mayan city of T'ho, and is only 120 km from the archeological wonders of Chichen Itza. The center of the Chicxulub Crater, formed from an asteroid impact 65 mya and implicated in the K-T extinctions, is located 20 km outside of Merida (in the pueblo of Chicxulub). Several biosphere reserves are within easy distance of Merida (e.g., Celestun and Ria Lagarto Biosphere Reserves). Check out these and other enchanting features of Merida on the web (e.g., http://www.visitmexico.com/wb/Visitmexico/Visi_Merida). Climate should be ideal in January, and we're planning field trips to explore the natural and archeological wealth of the region.
Abstracts must be submitted for all presentations: invited talks, contributed papers, and posters. There will be 250 available openings for posters and between 17 and 33 openings for contributed talks. Please register early as availability is limited.
Additionally, we are very pleased to announce that John C. Avise will be in attendance to receive the 2007 - 2009 Alfred Russel Wallace Award, joining our first two distinguished recipients, John C. Briggs (2003 - 2005) and Jared Diamond (2005 - 2007).