VIII Southern Connection 2016

Southern Connection links scientists interested in the natural sciences across the southern hemisphere, with emphasis on temperate ecosystems. Southern Connection aims to highlight research on shared yet divergent biotas and cultures, and their histories in different lands and oceans, in order to contribute solutions to sustaining species and ecosystem services and to discuss state of the art research approaches. Comparative studies with non-southern hemisphere temperate ecosystems are also of interest to Southern Connection.

To date Southern Connection congresses have included topics such as biogeography, phylogenetics, ecology, conservation, ecophysiology, invasions, ethnography, plant reproductive biology, macroecology, phylogeography, palaeobotany and palaeontology and Earth and ocean processes. Thus far Southern Connection has organized seven very successful congresses hosted by five different countries in the Southern Hemisphere.  The last congress was held in New Zealand: VIII Southern Connection 2016 will be the second time the congress is held in Chile.

Since the First Circular was issued, the Organizing Committee has received much interest from scientists from many parts of the world to attend the VIII Southern Connection Congress 2016 to be held at the University of Magallanes in Punta Arenas, in the far south of Chile, 18-23 January 2016. Punta Arenas is a small, well organized and friendly city bordering on the Straits of Magellan. The city is centered on the ecotone between cool temperate deciduous and evergreen subantarctic forests dominated by Nothofagus species (the southernmost forests in the world), and the Patagonian steppe, in the XII Region of Chile. A mountainous and strongly glaciated area, the region has a rich alpine flora and extensive bog and moorland vegetation. The region is characterized by a rich cultural and archaeological heritage.