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February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $457,530 grant (award # 1050340) to a team of scientists from Florida International University, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the United States Department of Agriculture, Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) and New York Botanic Garden (Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, Dr. Alan Meerow, Dr. Patrick Griffith, and Dr. Dennis Stevenson, respectively) to conduct evolutionary and conservation genetics studies of the cycad genus Zamia from the...

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January 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dr. Brett Jestrow, our Herbarium Curator (see below) and Francisco Jimenez (Head of the Department of Botany of the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic (NBGDR)) have described a new genus for the island of Hispaniola, Garciadelia.(Euphorbiaceae). This genus is being dedicated to Ricardo Garcia (Director of the NBGDR) and it has only four species; all of them extremely rare and on the verge of extinction. One of the species, G. leprosa, is restricted to a single site in...

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December 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Today we pay respects to a dear friend and champion for natural areas in Miami-Dade County. EmilieYoung, who was the first director of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program passed away on December 11, 2010 and was laid to rest at St. Matthew the Apostle Episcopal Church. Those who knew her professionally remembered her as a strong, compassionate, kind, and gracious lady, who dedicated much of her life to protecting the environment in our beautiful county. Few individuals have...

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November 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Between November 24 and November 26 Dr. Javier Francisco Ortega traveled to the Dominican Republic to enhance our current research and educational ties with the National Botanic Garden Dr. Rafael M. Moscoso (NBG-DR). During this visit we worked on a schedule for joint projects for 2011. They include research on conservation biology of endemic species of Pseudophoenix (Arecaceae) and the critically endangered endemic genus Salcedoa (Asteraceae). We also discussed collaborations through ...

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October 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dr. Eric von Wettberg will be hosting three colleagues who are working with him in projects concerning soil adaptations in legumes. Dr. Maren Friesen (University of South California) and Dr. Ken Moriuchi (University of California at Davis) are visiting on October 8 - 10 to work on data examining salt tolerance in wild alfalfa. Dr. Heidi Huber (Radbound University inNijmegan, the Netherlands) will be visiting from Oct 23 until Nov 3, to discuss flooding and salt tolerance in clover. ...

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September 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The research of Dr. Hong Liu and her colleagues from China is being highlighted in the latest issue of Science (Volume 239, 24 September 2010, by R. Stone). The results of this team have important implications in the field of climatic change and orchid conservation, particularly in implementing colonization as a management procedure. On the right: the cover photo of this article showing the area near the Yachang Orchid Preserve. Photo credit: R. Stone. The September issue of...

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August 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Visiting Dr. Hong Liu this week and next (August 10-18) are two researchers, Drs. Zhenhai Liang and Lei Wang, both from the Jiangsu Academy of Forestry, Nanjing, China. Drs. Liangand Wang are collaborating with Dr. Liu on the GIS habitat analysis of wild orchids at the Yachang Orchid Nature Reserve (China). While in Miami, they are also interested in learning about the Florida coastal ecosystems and the Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program as they are involving in the...

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July 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sandra Soto, a PhD student at the Universitat de Girona, in Girona, Spain, will be working with the SouthFlorida Conservation Team for the months of July and August 2010 on the Connect to Protect project. As part of her doctorate studies she was encouraged to undertake a 1-3 month research stay at the CTPC in order to further develop her research skills and gain experience with ecological and conservation theory. Her experience with biogeography, cartography, landscape ecology, and...

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June 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The laboratory of Dr. Joyce Maschinski has just received funding support for their SouthFlorida Conservation work from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry. This will help the team with their work with Jacquemontia reclinata, rare ferns and the Connect to Protect program. Dr. Lisa Krueger has accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Although Lisa is leaving us, she will continue her...

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May 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega has been elected to a three-year appointment as a member of the Council of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT). This council is the main administrative body of the ASPT. Field researchers Sam Wright and Devon Powell will be traveling to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge (KWNWR) on May 27-28 to survey the status of state endangered Zanthoxylum flavum (yellow wood). With only about 60-70 of these trees left in the U.S., the Refuge contains...

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