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March 6-8th, 2007: ATBC Asian Chapter Conference
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The Inaugural Conference of ATBC Asian Chapter calls for registration


In July 2006, an Asian Chapter was established for the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) at its annual conference, in Kunming, China. The Association for Tropical Biology (ATB) was founded in 1963 to promote research and to foster the exchange of ideas among biologists working in tropical environments. Today, most tropical biologists recognize that human interactions in the tropics are a critical element of biological research. This recognition now includes efforts to link together scientists concerned with issues of science, conservation, development, and public policy in the tropics, and to enhance our understanding of human-environment interactions. Thus, in 2002, the membership of ATB overwhelmingly voted to expand its mission and changed its name to the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.


The purpose of the ATBC and its regional chapters is to develop a much needed network of biologists working on biology and conservation in the tropics.


Tropical Asian forests are among the most fabulous treasure-houses of biodiversity in the world, but massive deforestation and other types of degradation are severely endangering these ecosystems. The protection of the priceless surviving forests will depend on effective conservation strategies developed through well-coordinated efforts by biologists, policy makers and forest managers.


Papers are Invited!


The first conference of the Asian chapter of the ATBC will to be held at Mahabalipuram, near Chennai (formerly known as Madras), India from 6-8 March 2007.


Mahabalipuram is a UNESCO World Heritage site which hosts nearly 400 monuments, and which features exquisite rock carvings and ancient temples dating back nearly two millennia to the dynasty of the southern-Indian Pallava King, Narasimha Varman.


The conference will be held at the Temple Bay Hotel, which oversees wave-sculpted temples built on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The venue is about 60 km from Chennai International Airport and 100 km from Pondicherry.


This Conference has a strong conservation focus with the central theme: 


‘Averting biodiversity meltdown in the Asian tropics’

Specific themes will be: 

  • Botanical gardens for Plant Conservation
  • The Western Ghats/Sri Lanka Biodiversity hotspot 
  • Conservation in Human-Dominated Landscapes
  • Endangered Ecosystem Services
  • Ecosystem and Species Dynamics
  • Findings from a network of Ecological Dynamics plots across Asia


Dr. Peter Ashton will be the chief guest and will deliver the keynote address Dr. William F. Laurance will deliver the valedictory address


Please send Abstracts not exceeding 300 words, with Titles, Speaker names and institution/affiliations to 

atbc_asia@yahoo.com  and atbcasia@gmail.com

Please send the symposia proposals to



Registration fees


Participants  USD  INR
 Developed Countries  ATBC member  150  6900
   Non member  200  9200


 ATBC member  50  2300
   Non member  80  3680
 Developing countries  ATBC member  100  4600
   Non member  150  6900


 ATBC member  40  2840
   Non member  60  2760

 *Students MUST provide proof with the registration form.


Details on the mode of payment and conference accommodation, field trips are given in the registration form, which can be downloaded on the ATBC website




1 October 2006:       Registration opens

15 November 2006: Symposia proposals DUE

15 December 2006: Abstracts for Oral/poster presentations DUE

31 December 2006: Last day for early registration

15 January 2007:     Notification of acceptance 

Completed registration form can be sent the convenor by post or via email to atbcasia@gmail.com

 Please write “ATBC Asia Registration” in the subject line of an email submission.  


For more information please contact:

Dr. Priya Davidar pdavidar@gmail.com Ms. K.Geetha Nayak nayakkg@gmail.com


Best abstracts from students for oral/poster presentations will be given financial aid

**Students MUST provide proof of student status, e.g. copy of their student identification, with the registration form.






The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation




Dr. William F. Laurance Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Past President

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy  The H. John Heinz III Center for  Science, Economics & the Environment

President Elect

Dr. Miguel Martínez Ramos  Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, UNAM

Executive Director

Dr. W. John Kress National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Editor, Biotropica

Dr. Robin Chazdon

Editor Tropinet

Dr. Marilyn D. Loveless


Dr. Margaret Lowman New College of Florida


Dr. Elizabeth Losos Organization for Tropical Studies 


Dr. Frans Bongers Dr. Jin Chen Dr. Richard Corlett Dr. Priya Davidar Dr. Kaoru Kitajima Dr. Susan J. Mazer Dr. Patricia Morellato Dr. Marielos Peña-Claro Dr. Mauricio Quesada

Asian Chapter

Dr. Jin Chen, Chairman Dr. Rhett Harrison, Secretary Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin, Treasurer


ATBC-ASIA Conference


Dr. Priya Davidar




Dr. Renee Borges Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India Dr. Jin Chen Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, China Dr. Pierre Couteron French Institute of Pondicherry, India Dr. Gladwin Joseph ATREE, Bangalore, India Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin    Environmental Studies Group, CSD, India Dr Jayshree Vencatesan     Care Earth, Chennai



Dr. Rhett Harrison, Chair Dr. Richard Corlett University of Hongkong, China Dr. Ranjit Daniels     Care Earth, Chennai Dr. Julie Denslow USDA Forest Service, USA Dr. C. V. S. Gunatilleke University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Dr. William Laurance STRI, Panama President, ATBC



Ms. K.Geetha Nayak, Secretarial Assistant



Dr. Parthiba Basu  Mr. Vijay Palavai Ms. Aparna Singh



Wildlife Conservation Society, India




Asian Chapter Conference

“Averting Biodiversity Meltdown in the Asian Tropics”

sponsored by French Institute of Pondicherry India


March 6-8th 2007

GRT Temple Bay Hotel
, India


Contact Details


Dr. Priya Davidar

Convenor-ATBC Asia Conference

Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Pondicherry University Kalapet,

Pondicherry-605014 India

Email: pdavidar@gmail.com

Telephone: +91-413-2654322/2353759

Fax: +91-413-2339534




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