Javier Francisco-Ortega Travels to Puerto Rico to Conduct Academic and Research Activities

Monday, May 14, 2012

Invited by the Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation of the Universidad de Puerto Rico (sponsored by the National Science Foundation) Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega travelled to Puerto Rico between May 7 and 10. During this visit Javier was hosted by Dr. Eugenio Santiago-Valentin (Director of the Herbarium of the Botanic Garden of the University of Puerto Rico). The visit involved delivering a lecture as an invited speaker for an undergraduate course on Island Biology (instructor: Eugenio Santiago) and also performing research. Plant material of endemic species of Wallenia and Ardisia (both genera in   the   Primulaceae)  was collected  for  molecular systematic studies. In addition, historical botany research pertinent to the contributions of Domingo Bello to the flora of Puerto Rico was performed. Jose Sustache (the Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales of Puerto Rico) and Omar Monsegur (Fish and Wildlife Service) joined Eugenio and Javier during this visit. Image (from left to right): Jose Sustache, Eugenio Santiago, and Omar Monsegur  standing near an individual of Leptocereus quadricostatus (Cactaceae), one of the species endemic to Puerto Rico that were described by Domingo Bello.