BEN # 153

Adolf Ceska aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Thu Jan 9 06:11:50 EST 1997

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No. 153                              January 9, 1997

aceska at        Victoria, B.C.
 Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2

From: Adolf Ceska <aceska at>

I learned a very disturbing news that Dr. Bill Weber was ordered
to  move  out  from  the Herbarium of the University of Colorado
Museum in Boulder, Colorado. Today, January  9,  1997,  was  the
deadline given to him by the Herbarium Curator Dr. Tom Ranker.

BEN  readers know Dr. Weber from his "diatribe" (his own words!)
on vernacular names in botany [BEN # 109], historical notes, and
they read his ideas on  voucher  collections  and  databases  in
herbaria.  He  was  and  is  a  botanical giant, equally good in
vascular plants as in bryophytes or lichens. I wonder  how  many
of  us  have  turned to him with questions, problems and discus-
sions; we always  got  a  clear,  nice,  and  very  professional
answer.  His  Flora  of  Colorado  [BEN  # 134] is a landmark in
botany of western North America. If you meet Dr. Weber  you  are
overwhelmed by his encyclopedic knowledge.

It would be a great honour for any botanical institution to have
Dr.  Bill  Weber working there as a volunteer. The University of
Colorado Herbarium in Boulder (COLO) is a very special place  to
him: he built it and has worked there for more than fifty years.
Recently,  Dr. Weber  is  working  on several manuscripts on the
history of Colorado botany, as well  as  on  treatments  of  two
genera  of  bryophytes,  and three genera of vascular plants for
the Flora of North America. The expulsion is quite a setback  to
him. After he leaves the herbarium, he will be able to enter the
herbarium  only during the working hours (no work on weekends or
holidays as he used to do), and won't be able to  use  the  copy
machine or the phone.

This  decision came in the worst possible time: Dr. Weber's wife
of 56 years died on November 17, 1996.

Is there any way to wake up the institution and tell  them  that
they  are  doing a grave mistake? I don't know, but try to write
to the Director of the University of Colorado  Museum.  The  ad-
dress is:

Dr. Linda S. Cordell, Director, University of Colorado Museum
Campus Box 218, Boulder, CO 80309
e-mail: Linda.Cordell at Colorado.EDU phone: (303) 492-0666.

I  know  that  BEN readers appreciated Dr. Weber's contributions
and I wish for many more to come. - Adolf Ceska

From: johnbro at

A Strategy for  Measuring  Biodiversity  in  British  Columbia's

We have: habitat fragmentation and loss; species extirpation and
extinction; genetic erosion and loss of flexibility to cope with
future  change;  and  ethical,  aesthetic,  moral  and  economic
reasons for concern.

We need measures of  biodiversity  to  quantify  the  extent  of
change.  The  objective  is to hold a workshop bringing together
practitioners and theoreticians working on biodiversity measure-
ment. A strategy document will be produced from the  proceedings
of  the workshop which can guide biodiversity assessment initia-

Who: Dr. Gene Namkoong, Chair of Department of Forest Science at
   UBC is Project Leader. Other Principal Investigators  at  UBC
   are Drs. Geoff Scudder, Jamie Smith and Fred Bunnell.

Why:  There  is a need for development of a common understanding
   on optimal measures of biodiversity,  identification  of  the
   institutions  engaged  in  biodiversity assessment, and iden-
   tification of institution strengthening  (training,  facility
   development  and  recurrent  budgets) necessary to enable ap-
   propriate measurement of  biodiversity  of  British  Columbia

When:  A two day workshop will be held Wednesday and Thursday 19
   & 20 February 1997

Where: The meeting will be held at  the  University  of  British
   Columbia in Vancouver B.C.

Who  should  attend:  Those  in  the  province who are measuring
   biodiversity and those who are contemplating doing so.

Contact: Drs.  Jean  Brouard  and  Sally  John,  Isabella  Point
   Forestry  Consultants,  670  Isabella Point Road, Salt Spring
   Island, B.C. V8K 1V2 Phone: (250) 653-2335, Fax:  (250)  653-
   2338, e-mail: johnbro at

From:   Erik   Jules  <ejules at>  originally
   posted on ECOLOG-L <ECOLOG-L at UMDD.UMD.EDU>

The First Conference on Siskiyou Ecology will be held on May  30
-  June  1,  1997  in Cave Junction, Oregon. The conference will
include presentations on a broad spectrum of  topics,  including
past  and  current  research  on  regional  flora and fauna, the
botanical significance of the area, unique geological  features,
and  historical changes influencing the integrity of the region.
Keynote speakers will include Dr. Art Kruckeberg of the  Univer-
sity  of Washington, and Dr. Frank Lang of Southern Oregon State
College. We encourage anyone interested in presenting  talks  or
posters  at  the  conference to send an abstract of 300 words or
less by March  1,  1997.  Send  abstracts  and/or  requests  for
registration  information  to:  attn:  Jennifer  Beigel and Erik
Jules, Conference on Siskiyou Ecology, c/o SREP, P.O.  Box  220,
Cave  Junction,  OR 97523, or e-mail: ejules at The con-
ference is sponsored by the Siskiyou Regional Education Project,
Southern Oregon State College Biology Department, and the Oregon
Caves National Monument.

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