2022 Global Steppe Symposium - Research and Conservation


The semi-arid grasslands and shrublands that constitute the steppes contain some of the most vibrant and resilient life on earth. Studying the steppes through traditional cultures and modern sciences provides deep and complementary knowledge that can strengthen our understanding and appreciation of all life. The Global Steppe Symposium provides a forum for the international steppe community as we explore how to live and thrive in the high plains of the world. 

This symposium will bring together scientists, plant lovers, land stewards, agriculturists and artists who live and work in steppes, investigating the complicated and essential relationship between humans, gardens and the steppes. 


Research and Conservation in the Semi-Arid World

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Understanding life in the semi-arid regions of earth may be the key to surviving in a drier, hotter future. Join us as scientists from around the world present their critical work involving plant, animal and habitat conservation in steppe ecosystems.


Price: $100, $90 member


Special pricing for both days of programming, click here.



9-9:50 a.m.

Dr. Colin Khoury San Diego Botanic Garden

Crop Wild Relatives of the United States


9:50-10:30 a.m.

Dr. Gulnara Sitpaeva - Institute of Botany and Phytointroduction, The Main Botanical Garden, Kazakhstan

Crop Wild Relatives of Kazakhstani Tien Shan


10:30-11:10 a.m.

Dr. Andy Wilson - Associate Curator of Mycology Denver Botanic Gardens

Fungi of the Plains: Do the plants of the steppe need fungi?


11:10-11:50 a.m.

Dr. Tojibaev Sh. Komiljon - Institute of Botany Academy Sciences, Uzbekistan

Vegetation of Ustyurt Plateau due to the Aral Lake Disaster


11:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break


1:30-2:10 p.m.

Dr. Hikmat Hisoriev - Institute of Botany Physiology and Plant Genetics, Tajikistan

Plant Diversity and Steppe Conservation in Pamir-Alai Range (Tajikistan)


2:10-2:50 p.m.

Prof. Lazkov Georgy.A. - Institute of Biology and Pedology National Academy of Science


Steppe Communities of Kyrgyzstan and Their Significance


3:10-3:50 p.m.

Mosiuoa W. Bereng - Katse Botanical Garden, Lesotho Highlands development Authority

Vegetation of the Lesotho Highlands and the Conservation Status


3:50-4:30 p.m.

Dr. Mauro Sarasola, INTA, Bariloche, Argentina

Patagonian Steppe: Main characteristics, challenges of use and conservation and potential of species of arid zones for ornamental use


4:30-5:10 p.m.

Dr. Indree Tuvshintogtokh - Botanical Garden and Research Institute Mongolian Academy of Sciences Mongolia

Steppe Vegetation and the Current State (Eastern Mongolia)


5:10-6 p.m.

Rich Reading Butterfly Pavilion

Parnassius Butterfly Conservation on the Mountain Steppes of Mongoli


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