Tropical Biology Symposium at Fairchild

Friday, February 17, 2012

On Saturday February 18th, 2012, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosted its first-ever symposium on tropical biology. The one-day event, which was co-organized by Dr. Kenneth Feeley (FIU/FTBG) and Dr. Albert Uy (University of Miami), featured a series of talks by tropical biologists working at FIU and UM as well as a keynote address by Dr. Scott Robinson of University of Florida. The audience included 120+ scientists, educators, professionals and students all sharing the common goal ...

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Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega Delivers Talk at The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden

Monday, February 13, 2012

On Thursday February 16th, 2012, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU/Fairchild) delivered a talk at the The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. This was the former home of Dr. David Fairchild. The talk was entitled: "Following the Steps of David Fairchild in the Canary Islands". This talk is the result of a joint research project involving Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Nancy Korber, Janet Mosely, and Marianne Swan) and the Jardin Botanico de la Orotava (Dr. Arnoldo...

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William Cinea from Les Cayes Botanic (Haiti) Garden Visits Fairchild

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

William Cinea founder and first Director of Les Cayes Botanic Garden (Haiti) visited Fairchild between January 6 and 7. During this visit he was hosted by Brett Jestrow and Melissa Abdo. One of the main aims of this trip was to plan a workshop on plant systematics of tropical plants, in partnership with the colleagues from the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic. Our herbarium curator Brett Jestrow will be one of the instructors of this workshop. Les Cayes Botanic Garden has ...

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Dr. Scott Zona (Curator of Wertheim Conservatory of Florida International University) Joins Plant Identification Workshop

Monday, February 6, 2012

Starting on Friday February 3rd, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Scott Zona [Curator of Wertheim Conservatory of Florida International University (FIU)] will join our Herbarium Curator (Dr. Brett Jestrow) during our monthly plant identification workshops. As a reminder, the first Friday of the month (between 1:00 and 4:00 PM, see additional news in the June 2011 section below) the doors of the herbarium (located at the CTPC, 11935 Old Cutler Road) open to our school teachers and ...

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Researcher from Peru Performing Palm Histological Research at Montgomery Botanical Center and Botanic Garden of Geneve (Switzerland)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Carlos Martel from Museo de Historia Natural de Lima will be hosted by the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) between February 1st to March 15th. Carlos will be performing his studies with our colleague Larry Noblick (MBC palm biologist) on flower producing-scent structures. The study is being also conducted in collaboration with Fred Stauffer from the Botanic Garden of Geneve (Switzerland). We are pleased that part of this research Carlos will be undertaken using the facilities of the CTPC ...

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FIU-Fairchild Alumna Performs Field Research in Puerto Rico with the Support of Universidad de Puerto Rico and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Monday, January 30, 2012

With the support of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation of the Universidad de Puerto Rico (sponsored by the National Science Foundation) , FIU-Fairchild graduate alumna Karen Laubengayer (currently working for Monsanto Company) conducted field work in Puerto Rico between 1/29/2012 and 1/30/2012. The objective of this study was to obtain morphological data for the Caribbean Island endemic Aiphanes minima. This palm species has a ...

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FIU-Fairchild Gradute Students Travel to India

Friday, January 27, 2012

In January 2012, Vanessa Sanchez and Klara Scharnagl, FIU-Fairchild students of Dr. Eric von Wettberg and Dr. Krish Jayachandran, visited the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India. They were joined by three researchers from University of California Davis to assist with a National Science Foundation and Gates Foundation funded project aimed at reducing the need for artificial fertilizer through improving the use of natural nitrogen-fixing ...

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Workshop on Cycad Biology for High School Teachers

Friday, January 20, 2012

On January 28 a workshop on Cycad Biology was offered to high school teachers from the Miami-metro area. The workshop was funded by the National Science Foundation and jointly organized by the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC), the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Fairchild Tropical Botanic and Florida International University (FIU). Instructors included Dennis Stevenson (NYBG), Patrick Griffith (MBC), Michael Calonje (MBC), and Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU-Fairchild). A total of six ...

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Dr. Brett Jestrow Visits the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (Eleuthera Island)

Monday, January 16, 2012

As part of the activities to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the publication of the Flora of the Bahama Archipelago (written by Donovan Correll and Helen Correll in 1982 under the sponsorship of Fairchild), Dr. Brett Jestrow and Dr. Ethan Freid (botanist of the Bahamas National Trust) made a joint trip to the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (Eleuthera Island) (January 20 - 23). During this visit arrangements were made for a joint plant hunting expedition that will take place this Spring. ...

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Team from Bahamas National Trust Visits Fairchild

Saturday, January 14, 2012

As part of the international partnerships of our Education Department and the Center for Tropical Plant Conservation we are enhancing our educaitonal and research projects with the Bahamas National Trust. Two members of this institution (Portia Sweeting, Director of Education and Shelley Cant, Education Officer) are visiting us between January 25 and 29. During this visit Portia and Shelley will exchange ideas and experiences concerning environmental education and ways to link science,...

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