Dr. Crepet and Dr. Gandolfo will be heading off to New Orleans in July for the Botany 2013 meetings. This "annual Botany Conference is a multiple scientific society conference serving over 6000 plant scientists whose research and practice span the globe. The conference hosts the most diverse group of practicing plant scientists and students in the country." Several societies will be participating in the meeting: the Botanical Society of America (BSA), American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS), American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT), International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT), and The American Fern Society (AFS).

At this meeting, they will be presenting their contributions at the "The critical role of plant fossils in divergence dating studies and the Fossil Calibration Database" symposium. Dr. Crepet will present a talk titled "Accuracy and Effect: Fossil identification and understanding evolutionary history" with Dr. Nixon as co-author, while Dr. Gandolfo will present a talk titled "A critical review of the fossil history of the Southern Hemisphere family Cunoniaceae" with Dr. Elizabeth Hermsen (Ohio University, Athens). This last contribution is part of the NSF grants #0919071 and #0918932.

Also, Dr. Gandolfo will be presenting a contribution on the "CUPAC- The Cornell University Plant Anatomy Collection: a web-based tool for the Plant Sciences teachers and researchers" with Dr. Nixon. This research is possible thanks to the NSF grant #0822201.