Your IBS Board and specifically Ella Vazquez-Dominguez and the Local Committee at the Instituto de Ecologia, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico D.F. invite you to plan ahead now to attend the 2009 biennial meetings of the IBS in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from 8 to 12 January 2009.
Meeting registration and abstract submission are now available on the following website: http://www.biogeography.org/html/Meetings/index.html
Hotel reservations should be done through InterMeeting, a professional company in charge of the organization of the IBS Meeting. In order to do the reservation, please complete the Hotel Reservation Form available on the meeting webpage and send it by fax (+52 55) 5663-0035) or email.
Merida is in the midst of cultural, natural, historical, and geological riches. The beautiful colonial "White City" was founded in January 1542 on the ruins of the Mayan city of T'ho, and is only 120 km from the archeological wonders of Chichen Itza.
The center of the Chicxulub Crater, formed from an asteroid impact 65 mya and implicated in the K-T extinctions, is located 20 km outside of Merida (in the pueblo of Chicxulub).
Several biosphere reserves are within easy distance of Merida (e.g., Celestun and Ria Lagarto Biosphere Reserves). Check out these and other enchanting features of Merida on the web (e.g., http://www.visitmexico.com/wb/Visitmexico/Visi_Merida).
Climate should be ideal in January, and we're planning field trips to explore the natural and archeological wealth of the region.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone in January!