BEN # 153
aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Thu Jan 9 06:11:50 EST 1997
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No. 153 January 9, 1997
aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
DR. WEBER WAS ORDERED TO MOVE OUT OF THE HERBARIUM HE BUILT
From: Adolf Ceska <aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca>
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-
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
BIODIVERSITY MEASUREMENT - 1ST ANNUAL MEETING - VANCOUVER, B.C.
From: johnbro at raven.bc.ca
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 raven.bc.ca
SISKIYOU ECOLOGY CONFERENCE
From: Erik Jules <ejules at biology.lsa.umich.edu> 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 umich.edu. The con-
ference is sponsored by the Siskiyou Regional Education Project,
Southern Oregon State College Biology Department, and the Oregon
Caves National Monument.
Submissions, subscriptions, etc.: aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca
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