Botanists from Institute of Jamaica Visit Fairchild

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Supported by a grant from Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Tracy Commock (Director of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica) and Keron Campbell (Curator of the Herbarium of the Institute of Jamaica) visited the Garden between April 8-22. During this visit molecular systematic research pertinent to the Caribbean endemic genera Dendrocousinsia (Euphorbiaceae), Lachnorhiza (Asteraceae), Ekmania (Asteraceae), and Acanthodesmos (Asteraceae) was performed. Both Tracy and Keron are seeking their PhD degrees at the University of the West Indies at Mona under the supervision of Dr. Phil Rose (Department of Life Sciences). Our scientists Brett Jestrow (Herbarium Curator) and Javier Francisco-Ortega (Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences of FIU) are members of their graduate committees, and hosted Tracy and Keron during this visit. Work was also undertaken regarding nomenclature and taxonomy of Jamaican endemics and a review study on plant genera endemic in Jamaica that will be part of Tracy's Dissertation. Image below Keron (L) and Tracy (R) performing molecular research in the Fairchild laboratories.