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Crossroads in the Concrete Jungle - Experiences and Explorations of Urban Plants and People


Thursday, 22 September 2016,

Thursday - Saturday, September 22–24, 2016. Crossroads in the Concrete Jungle - Experiences and Explorations of Urban Plants and People. Sponsored by Rutgers School of Environmental & Biological Sciences. More information here.

 

We plan to start a global working group and network (Worldwide Urban Plant Evolution and Education Network) centered at Rutgers University with international researchers to collaborate long-term on how the evolution and distribution of spontaneous plants in urban, temperate areas across the globe have been and will be affected by human migration, local and global climate change, and increased urbanization. In particular we want to focus on biodiversity, biogeography, and evolution research, as well as formal and informal educational opportunities. The evolution and natural history of urban plants are closely linked to cultural histories of urbanized areas, ethnobotanical uses by various ethnicities, global phylogenetic evolution of plant diversity, and major trade and migration routes, so interdisciplinarity is a must in addressing this type of important research questions.

Location  Cook Campus, Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Contact  Lena Struwe, lena.struwe(at)rutgers.edu