FIU-FTBG Faculty Performs Academic Visit to University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras

Friday, March 22, 2013

Invited by Dr. Eugenio Santiago-Valentín our FIU-FTBG Faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega visited the Department of Biology of University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras to develop joint academic and research activities. During this visit Dr. Francisco-Ortega delivered two lectures in an upper division course on Island Biodiversity and Biogeography that is taught by Prof. Eugenio Santiago-Valentín. Dr. Francisco-Ortega is a member of the graduate committee of Mrs. Nirzka Martínez who is pursuing her Ph.D. on Plant Systematics. Nirzka’s research project focuses on systematics of Tabebuia (Bignoniaceae) with an emphasis on the Caribbean Islands species. During this visit Dr. Francisco-Ortega discussed several aspects of Nirzka’s studies. Also Dr. Santiago-Valentín and Dr. Francisco-Ortega completed a historical botany manuscript pertinent to the contributions made by Domingo Bello to the flora of Puerto Rico. Image below: From left to right: Dr. E. Santiago-Valentín, Ms N. Martínez, and Dr. J. Francisco-Ortega examining herbarium specimens of Tabebuia at the herbarium of the University of Puerto Rico.

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