In this First Okazaki Biological Conference of "The Biology of Extinction", we will discuss a wide range of aspects in biological sciences which are related to the extinction of species. The purpose of the conference is to explore the possibility of forming a new research field of basic biology centered around this theme.

        Scientists from diverse fields of biological sciences, including evolution, ecology, genetics, developmental biology, molecular biology, taxonomy, and paleontology, will present different faces of the problem, and join the discussion. We will start with a session of pre-historic extinction of species, based on paleobiological analysis and DNA sampled from fossils. We then discuss phylogenetic and molecular evolutionary approaches to speciation and extinction, followed by sessions on the maintenance and production of species diversity and on ecological and genetical approaches to the mechanism of population extinction. We will also ponder on the possible study field of developmental and molecular biology on the propensity of species extinction. The conference will end with a session on the consequences of species extinction, including those on the ecosystem function.

        All the participants except for speakers are requested to give a poster paper on Wednesday. Poster presenters are also expected to prepare for a short talk, because a limited number among them will be selected and requested to give an oral presentation on Friday.

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  Organizers   Yoh Iwasa (Kyusyu University, Japan)
Stuart Pimm (Duke University, USA)
January 25-30, 2004
The Okazaki Conference Center
Okazaki, JAPAN
The First Okazaki Biology Conference on "The Biology of Extinction"