Inspired by the global impact of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt (14 September 1769 – 6 May 1859), the International Biogeography Society is launching – International Humboldt Day – an annual celebration of his legacy.

Biogeographers around the world (~20 countries) will be celebrating International Humboldt Day during the week of September 12-18, 2020. International Humboldt Day is envisioned as a week of biogeography focused events around the world, that bring together researchers and organizations through the organization of local presentations, activities, and online offerings. List of all events here

In addition to the events organised by IBS, the Indian Biogeographers are organizing an additional set of talks from leading biogeographers from across the globe.

The Indian events are organized by National Centre for Biological Science (NCBS), Bengaluru, and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

Poster: llustration: Richa Kedia's illustration of the Palghat Gap, inspired by Alexander von Humboldt's tableau of the Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador

Organising Committee:

NCBS: Uma Ramakrishnan and Vivek Ramachandran

IISER Tirupati : V. V. Robin

All events are online and free for registered participants

Register here: 

You will be sent a link for attending the talks online, after registration

Events List

Day 1: 14th September, 2020

Kamal Bawa

Humboldtian Science and India's Biodiversity

0900 - 0915

Karthick Bala

Biogeographic patterns and community structure of diatoms across the Western Ghats

0915 - 0940

Jahnavi Joshi

The Centipede’s Sanctuary: Exploring Ancient Refugia from peninsular India


Ishan Agarwal

Evolution of the Indian dry zone


Navendu Page

Phytogeographic mysteries of the Indian subcontinent


SP Vijayakumar

Meditating on endemism: history, assembly and politics


Nishma Dahal

High altitude biodiversity and impacts of climate change, the case study of the Himalayan pikas


Krishnapriya Tamma

Rodents and ecosystems of the North Eastern India


Ashwin Viswanathan

State of India's Birds: Population trends and distribution maps



Day 2: 15th September, 2020 - Moderator: Praveen Karanth

T.B Smith

A biological view on avian diversification

1800 to 1830 IST

Rauri Bowie

Penguin phylogenomics

1830 to 1900 IST

Day 3: 16th September, 2020 - Moderator: Kartik Shanker

Walter Jetz


1800 to 1830 IST

Rosemarie Gillespie

Island biogeography across a gradient of space and time

1830 to 1900 IST

Day 3: 17th September, 2020 - Moderator: Jayashree Ratnam

Sushma Reddy

Birds of Madagascar, a conundrum of island biogeography

1800 to 1830 IST

Rauri Bowie

Sky Islands of Africa

1830 to 1900 IST

Day 4: 18th September, 2020 - Moderator: Nandini Rajamani

Rob Moyle

Pantropical biogeography, with some recent work on passerines, trogons, and Coraciiformes.

1730 to 1800 IST

Sampath Senevirathne

From Wallace to warblers – island biogeography from a Sri Lanka standpoint

1800 to 1830 IST

Martin Packert

Mountain biodiversity - the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau a center of bird diversification

1830 to 1900 IST