Dr. David Merritt:  Research Scientist, Kings Park Botanic Garden, Gardens and Parks Authority, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.     
       Dr. Merritt has published extensively in the areas of conservation and restoration seed ecology. He was a key player in the discovery and identification of germination-stimulating chemicals in smoke.
Dr.Roberto Benech-Arnold:  Professor of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
     Dr. Benech-Arnold is well-known for his work on the ecophysiology of weed seeds, particularly the quantification and modelling of environmental factors that regulate dormancy status in the soil seed bank.                                                                          http://www.ifeva.edu.ar/es/miembros/benech.htm
 Dr. Larry Venable:  Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
     Dr.Venable has published extensively on both experimental and theoretical aspects of the functional relationships between seed dormancy and other elements of life history strategy, especially in annual plants.                                                         http://eebweb.arizona.edu/faculty/venable/
Dr. Gehan Jayasuriya:  Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
     Dr. Jayasuriya is the author of recent ground-breaking work on the physiological ecology of physical dormancy.   His doctoral work was carried out under the tutelage of Jerry and Carol Baskin at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Kathleen Donohue:  Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
    Dr. Donohue works on the interface between evolutionary genetics and ecology.  Her work with seeds includes studies on the sources and ecological consequences of variation in germination timing and dispersal mechanisms.                                                http://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/Biology/kd65
plenary speakers


Dr. Peter Kotanen:  Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Kotanen is one of the few people to directly examine impacts of predators and pathogens on seed bank dynamics and to place these studies in a community context.