Teacher's workshop on Caribbean Island botany sponsored by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jonathan Flickinger a Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden graduate student seeking his Biological Sciences PhD at Florida International University led a teacher's workshop on Caribbean Botany on March 25th. Thirteen teachers joined this educational activity that focused on taxonomy and biogeography of Caribbean plants. It included one lecture on Caribbean Environments and discussions regarding plant conservation and ethnobotanical challenges in the region. Prof. Javier Francisco-Ortega, Jonathan's major advisor, co-taught this workshop. This educational event was supported by a graduate student grant from the Botany in Action program (Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden) that was awarded to Jonathan. Photo below: Workshop participants standing close to  individuals of Attalea crassispatha, a Critically Endangered palm endemic to Southern Haiti.