This symposium is being organized to celebrate the life and influence
of the late William C. Dickison, whose early death was felt by family,
former students, and countless colleagues throughout the botanical
community. Bill authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific
papers, abstracts, and books during his career. Most notable is the
posthumous publication last year of Integrative Plant Anatomy, a
textbook that represents the culmination of his lifelong work in
systematic, ecological, and structural botany. This text is certain to
influence generations of scientists and students well into the future.
In keeping with the integrative theme of his book, this symposium will
cover the broad subject of using stuctural data in contemporary plant
systematics. From monocots to dicots and floral morphology to
molecules, the topics being presented by the participants emphasize
the diversity of subjects and plant groups that Bill's closest
collaborators and former students study today.
Key words: anatomy, systematics