Leading plant taxonomist from Cuba visits Fairchild with support from international conservation agency

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dr. Ramona Oviedo one of the most distinguished plant taxonomists from Cuba is visiting Fairchild to evaluate and further develop current educational, research, and conservation projects in Cuba. Ramona was with us between October 10 and November 13. The visit was primarily sponsored by the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund as part of a project focusing on Caribea (Nyctaginaceae). Fairchild and FIU-ICTB also provided additional support to this visit. A genus endemic to the Guantanamo area that has not been recorded since it was originally described in 1960. During this visit Dr. Oviedo also discussed current projects that FIU-Fairchild graduate students Nichole Tiernan, Jonathan Flickinger, and Haydee Borrero are undertaking with Caribbean plants. Furthermore Dr. Oviedo provided taxonomic identifications to many of the Caribbean specimens found in our herbarium. Dr. Oviedo is affiliated to the Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática of Cuba. Image below: Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, Dr. Brett Jestrow, and Dr. Ramona Oviedo (left to right) in the Fairchild herbarium,