Humboldt Day evolutionary biogeography symposium

Lines of the geography of plants,” from De distributione plantarum (On the Distribution of Plants), Alexander von Humboldt, 1817; rodent, David Paul; Aglaia elaeagnoidea, Elizabeth Joyce

The International Biogeography Society (IBS) is launching the inaugural International Humboldt Day with a series of events from around the world highlighting the field of biogeography.

Inspired by the global impact of the commemorations of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt (September 14, 1769 - May 6, 1859), International Humboldt Day (similar in idea to Darwin Day) aims to be an annual celebration of Humboldt's legacy and pioneering research in the field, by highlighting diverse biogeographic research from around the globe.

Humboldt, a classic polymath, is famous for many things - see the Introductory chapter of the translation of Humboldt's classic Essay on the Geography of Plants. In the context of the IBS, he is especially known for his work in botanical geography, which was foundational for the field of biogeography. Humboldt showed how climate controls varying elevational zonation of plants across latitudes. His insights were developed from his own field work and painstaking measurements of climate and plant distributions in different sites across the planet.

International Humboldt Day aims to bring together researchers from all over the world, highlighting different geographic regions, topics, and researchers, and making events open access for international participation.  

As part of the Humboldt Day commemorations the CBA is hosting an online mini-symposium presenting recent insights into how historical climate change and trait evolution has shaped Australasian biogeography. 


Zoom Webinar link:

Passcode: 059008

Local time

Canberra speakers will be presenting in the Eucalyptus Seminar Room, Robertson Building, ANU (social distancing capacity 27 people).






Craig Moritz (ANU)


First across the line: elucidating the deeper history trans-Wallacean diversity.

Paul Oliver (Griffith/QLD Museum), Audrey Prasetya (ANU/CSIRO), Andrew Hugall (Museums VIC)


The Sunda-Sahul Floristic Exchange through space and time.

Elizabeth Joyce and Darren Crayn (JCU/ATH)


Continental-scale phylogenomics unravels the complex biogeography of Australo-Papuan rodents.

Emily Roycroft (ANU) & Kevin Rowe (Museums VIC)





Biotic interactions through time.


Ian Brennan et al. (ANU)


History and ecology: the diversification and biogeography of the Australian plant genus Hakea.

Alex Skeels & Marcel Cardillo (ANU)


Biogeography of thermal tolerance in plants.

Veronica Briceno Rodriguez, Onoriode Coast, Adrienne Nicotra (ANU)

Please click on the above talk titles to view/download the recordings of the talks.


Date & time

12–2.30pm 17 September 2020


Zoom Webinar and Eucalyptus Seminar Room, Robertson Building ANU.

Canberra, AUS time


Craig Moritz, ANU
Paul Oliver, Griffith/QLD Mus
Lizzy Joyce, JCU/ATH
Emily Roycroft, ANU
Ian Brennan, ANU
Marcel Cardillo, ANU
Alex Skeels, ANU
Onoriode Coast, ANU
Veronica Briceno Rodriguez, ANU

Event series


 Claire Stephens

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