Bibliography of American Paleobotany
Officers and Bylaws
MINUTES OF THE 2003 PALEOBOTANICAL SECTION, B.S.A. MEETING
Mobile, Alabama, July 29, 2003
Pat Gensel kindly substituted for Secretary Treasurer Kathleen
Pigg who was ill.
1. Call to order and comments from the Chair, Brian Axsmith
at 3:15 pm.
2. Minutes of the 2001 Business Meetings (distributed by mail) were
3. Report on the Bibliography of American Paleobotany.
Willy Taylor reported that the Bibliography of American
Paleobotany for 2002, including the current membership directory for
the Section, has been published and was distributed to members and institutional
subscribers soon. Additional copies are available for $18. Contact Willy
4. Report on the status of the Section (Pat Gensel, for Secretary,
For 2003 membership has remained about the same, around
350. Meetings attendance for Mobile is down somewhat, reflected in a
smaller number of papers in our section. There are 28 papers contributed,
2 posters, 1 new research poster, 8 participants in the "Dating
in the 21st century" symposium organized by Pat Herendeen and Peter
Crane and co-sponsored by the Paleobotanical and Systematics sections.
The Paleobotanical Annual Mixer and Banquet was held on Monday evening,
July 28th at Roussos Restaurant in Mobile, with 70+ attendees. In
lieu of a paleobotanical auction an extended game of "Paleobotanical
Trivia" was played. Each year, proceeds from the sale of anonymously
donated "campaign" buttons (this year: "Plants Mobilized
in the Eocene") go to the Paleobotanical Endowment. The Paleobotanical
Section also continues to receive donations in support of endowment
funds, including the Cookson, Becker, Cichan, and Remy funds.
Status of funds provided on handout: this is not completely
up-to-date, awaiting information from BSA Treasurer and Business office.
Move of BSA office to St. Louis and change in personnel has delayed
reports, but in general BSA is recovering after recent losses in market.
Tom Taylor proposed that money for students be provided to attend
IOP. He would like to see 20 awards at $500 each. Students must belong
to the section to qualify. The Chair should appoint a committee to
draft guidelines for selecting attendees. The Motion was discussed,
voted on, and passed. Steve Manchester amended motion that the amount
to student and the number of students be flexible, and total spent
6. Report on 2003 BSA Council meeting
K. Pigg transmitted by Gensel (Kathleen’s notes). The meeting
was chaired by President, Scott Russell. Annual reports were delivered
by the President (Scott Russell), Past President (Judy Jernstedt,
President Elect (Linda Graham), Secretary (Jenny Richards), Treasurer
(Joe Armstrong), Program Director (Jeff Osborn), Editor of American
Journal of Botany (Karl Niklas), Editor of Plant Science Bulletin
(Marsh Sundberg), Webmaster (Bill Dahl) and others. Details of the
Council meeting can be found on the website: http://www.botany.org/.
Highlights of the meeting included: The President's report discussed
the move of the business office to St. Louis, Bill Dahl's hiring and
getting started as executive director of Bot Soc and taking over as
Webmaster and hiring of Wanda Lovan as administrative coordinator.
The Treasurer reported was that BSA is doing well fiscally and has
recovered from the past several years of revenue loss. Transitions
with the business office move and reorganization have proceeded successfully.
Jeff Osborn, Program Director announced that there were
around 550 participants at Mobile, with numbers are lower than last
year. In 2002 there were around 1000 people were registered for Botany
2002, with 750 papers in 60 sessions, 2 special lectures and 13 symposia
comprising the program. The premeeting Educational Outreach Forum had
300 participants. This year marks the Second Annual Education Forum.
There is a request for more participation from sectional representatives
especially in areas of providing advice for teaching and curricula.
All Abstracts were submitted electronically this year. The abstracts
can be read online, and searched, and additional features are planned
for the abstract site, so that participants will eventually be able
to add uploads, data, PDF files etc after conference. For next year’s
meeting: deadline for Symposia is Sept. 15, 2003, (except for the Paleo
Section who votes to support proposed symposia during the business meeting).
Deadline for workshops and field trips is October 15. There is interest
in promoting more interdisciplinary symposia that will help bring additional
people into meetings.
Future meetings were announced: 2004- Snowbird, Utah; 2005- Austin,
Texas, 2006- not yet determined.2006 is the centennial year and Sections
are encouraged to think of ways they can each contribute to centennial
activities. In 2007 the meeting may be in St. Louis. There was some
discussion about the concern of cost and logistics of next year's
meeting at Snowbird, with asurrence that the arrangements will be
affordable for students. Additional issues raised regarding meetings:
Jeff Osborn and Karen Renzagllia have received funding to encourage
the participation of under-represented students in meetings. Members
are encouraged to participate in mentoring for these students. A survey
about future meeting venues will be made. Exhibitors numbers are down
in recent years- suggestions are needed on ways to encourage exhibitors
to continue to participate.
From the Editor of the American Journal of Botany (Karl Niklas): AJB
will have new software that will allow for online submissions of manuscripts
soon. There will be a special volume of AJB on the Tree of Life- it
is hoped to be out by July 2004 as a regular issue (not supplement,
so other issues will be adjusted accordingly to take up slack). Suggestions
are needed for the cover illustration. The current editor, Karl Niklas's,
term ends January 2005. The new editor was soon to be selected and
will work with the current editor to insure a smooth transition. From
the Editor of the Plant Science Bulletin (Marsh Sundberg). The Bulletin
welcomes the announcements of other scientific meetings, particularly
those that Bot Soc sections are involved with. From the Webmaster-
Bill Dahl is redesigning the Bot Soc website, working to increase
educational outreach via webpage, and asks sections for input and
contributions to website. Eventually there will be ways for member
to check details on web related to payment of dues, etc
In new business: The deaths of Corresponding members
Knut Faegri, Karl Hunziger, and William Stern were acknowledge.Three
new Corresponding members were named: Rolf Berg (ant dispersal/ pollination
biology); Enrique Coen (Arabidopsis/Anterrhinum molecular genetics),
and Michael Melkonian (green algal phylogeny). Eleven Karling Awards
were given for graduate student support.
Discussion was led by Linda Graham and Pat Gensel about the need for
outreach, visibility of botany, and participation in public policy issues
relating to plants. Also raised was concern about collections that are
being lost because of cutbacks, lack of interest and how to protect
them. A Statement on Evolution drafted by Joe Armstrong and Judy Jernstedt
on behalf of the Botanical Society was read and approved by the Council.
It was considered to be important for Bot Soc to participate in this
discussion and particularly to include botany’s unique examples.
Pam Diggle was elected as Council representative to the Executive
7. Report on recent conferences- Brian Axsmith, Chair
a. 6th European Paleobotany and Palynology Conference, Athens, Greece,
Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2002. Ruth Stockey reported that the meeting was
excellent. It included a field trip to the Isle of Lesbos to see Miocene
petrified forest, along with several other field trips.
b. Geological Society of America- There was a large turnout of paleobotanists
at GSA this past November, which was held in Denver, Gar Rothwell
c. Mid-continent Paleobotanical Colloquium- The 20th Annual MPC
was held at the Field Museum, Chicago, IL May 2-5, which was the site
of the first MPC. The meeting was organized by Jenny McElwain and
colleagues and included a full slate of excellent presentations, many
of them by students. A field trip to Mazon Creek occurred on the Saturday.
d. Other meetings- Wood anatomy meeting was held in Oregon. Rick
Dillhoff, Kathleen Pigg, and David Greenwood and colleagues participated
in the Geological Association of Canada meeting in Vancouver in May,
in a symposium on the Okanogan Highlands biota. The symposium was
organized by Bruce Archibald and David Greenwood and will be published
in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.
8. Announcements: Brian Axsmith, Chair
1. IOPC-VII, Bariloche, Argentina, Mar. 21-26, 2004
2. GSA- 2003- Seattle, Washington, Nov. 2-5, 2003
It was announced the Wes Wehr will be presented with the Paleontological
Society’s Strimple Award. This was initiated by Kirk Johnson
and supported by many in the section with letters.
3. 2004 Mid-Continent Paleobotany Colloquium, University of Oklahoma,
Norman, OK. To be hosted by Richard Lupia and Amy McLain. There
will be a field trip to Permian localities.
BSA, Snowbird, UT July 31-Aug. 4, 2004
4. BSA 2005-Austin, Aug. 13-19th :late to avoid overlapping ESA.
5. BSA 2006- centennial. site won’t be historically
significant, but will be programmatically significant
6. XVII International Botanical Congress, July 17-23, 2005, Vienna.
b. Student membership and Karling Student Research
Awards. Gene Mapes reported that there were twice the number of submissions
as awards this year. Student members of the Section are encouraged to
c. In memoriam: Maynard Moseley, Betty Speirs (collector of Joffre
Bridge material, Alberta); Vim Wright, Seattle (eco-activist who helped
save Florissant Fossil Beds and Estella Leopold’s companion).
A moment of silence was observed.
d. Other announcements: Ned Friedman announced the MORPH RCN (research
coordination network). A website is under development. The program
was outlined and participation is encouraged. Training will be facilitated
at several levels, grants being available to undergraduates, postdocs,
young faculty to gain experience in morphology and/or molecular development.
a. Cookson Award: Cookson Award Committee report: This year’s
recipient of the Cookson Award is Michael Dunn. Criteria were: significance
of research, clarity of presentation, content of talk, quality and
organization of graphics. Committee consisted of Willy Taylor, Patricia
Gensel, Kevin Boyce. There was also discussion on reviewing the criteria
for the Cookson award. A committee will be appointed to consider the
b. Cichan Award: none given
c. Remy and Remy award: in progress
d. Moseley Award: committee- Jim Mickle, Frank Ewers, K. Pigg
e. Nominating committee for 2004 Section Chair: Lisa Boucher was
nominated and elected. The nominating comittee consisted of Steve
Manchester, and Edie Taylor.
f. Proposed symposia and field trips for 2004: Two symposia and
one field trip will be sponsored by the Section at Botany 2004.
The first symposium is entitled: "A century of
seed ferns: A symposium to celebrate paradigm shifts in the understanding
of seed plants" and is organized by Michael Dunn and Gar Rothwell.
The Section voted and approved to provide up to $2000 financial support
and to sponsor this symposium. It will include European paleobotanists,
and there are tentative plans to publish results in Torrey Botanical
he second symposium to be sponsored by the Section is entitled
"Discerning homologies: gene expression, development and morphology,
and is organized by Larry Hufford and Ned Friedman.
Lisa Boucher proposed two choices for a field trip, a 2-day trip
to the L. Cretaceous Blackhawk and Eocene Green River or a one day
trip to the Manning Canyon Flora. It was voted that a field trip
take place and in a straw vote there was more support for the 2-day
than for the 1-day trip.
g. Tom Taylor proposed that an auction be held at next year's meeting.
The motion passed.
h. Ruth Stockey suggested we develop a family tree of American Paleobotanists.
Information will be solicited on the next year's dues page to be mailed
out to the Section in the spring.
i. Service by members of section acknowledged with thanks:
Chair: Brian J. Axsmith; Session conveners: Brian Axsmith, Lisa Boucher,
Gene Mapes, Gar Rothwell, and Ruth Stockey; Bibliography: Willy Taylor;
Cookson Award committee: Kevin Boyce, Pat Gensel and Willy Taylor;
Nominating Committee Steve Manchester and Edie Taylor; Button sales-
Jim Mickle, Ruth Stockey, Stefan Little, Selena Smith; "Paleobotany
Trivia" at the Banquet: Tom Taylor and Ruth Stockey.
j. The meeting adjourned.