Contributions to USDA Community Day

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Once a year the Subtropical Horticulture Research Station of the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) located at Chapman Field opens its doors to the public. The event, known as Community Day, took place on March 16 and two FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega and Dr. Hong Liu delivered two popular talks entitled "David Fairchild in the Bahamas" and "Dress to impress -- how orchids attract their diverse pollinators". Dr. Liu and ...

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FIU Graduate School has Annual Retreat at The Paul and Swanee DiMare Science Village

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fairchild and FIU have a solid commitment for graduate education and 32 students from FIU have developed their graduate research at Fairchild since 1998. On March 14 we hosted the annual retreat of the FIU Graduate School. The FIU team was welcomed by our Director Dr. Carl Lewis who stressed the importance of graduate education for the Garden mission and how the FIU-Fairchild partnership is being key to enhance the education program of Fairchild. Image below from left to right: FIU-FTBG ...

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FTBG and FIU Contributions to the Bahamas National Natural History Conference at Nassau

Monday, March 11, 2013

The first ever Bahamas National Natural History Conference took place at the College of the Bahamas between March 5 and 8, 2013. The conference was jointly organized by the Bahamas National Trust and the College of the Bahamas. FIU-FTBG facuty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega was a member of the organizing and scientific committees. FIU faculty Dr. Mike Ross and Dr. John Withey and Fairchild Scientist Dr. Joyce Maschinsky organized a roundtable on Urban Ecology aiming to discuss common challenges ...

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FIU-FTBG Faculty Research Highlighted in Journal Cover

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

FIU-FTBG faculty Dr. Hong Liu and collaborators from China Dr. Yibo Luo and Dr. Zhongjian Liu have just published a research article entitled "Using guided commercialized cultivation models to promote species conservation and sustainable utilization: an example from the Chinese medicinal orchids" in the latest issue of Biodiversity Science. This is the leading biodiversity research journal of China. This publication proposes avenues for conservation and sustainable utilization of ...

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NSF Supported Cycad Biology Workshop for School Teachers

Saturday, January 26, 2013

On Saturday January 26 we had our second Cycad Biology Workshop for teachers. This workshop was supported by the National Science Foundation (award number 1050340) and the logistics were jointly organized by the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) and the Department of Education of FTBG. Both classroom and field lectures took place at MBC and we had instructors from MBC (Patrick Griffith and Michael Calonje), New York Botanical Garden (Dennis Stevenson), and FIU-FTBG (Javier Francisco-Ortega). ...

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Supports Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Between January 9th - 12th the International Biogeography Society had its Sixth Biennial Conference in Miami. The event took place in the Kovens Conference Center of The Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden was one of the event sponsors with a significant gift to provide Travel Awards to talented graduate students who wanted to present their results in this conference. Both foreign and national students were eligible to this award. Our...

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Grant from The Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund to FIU-FTBG Graduate Student

Friday, December 21, 2012

Rosa Rodr guez is the Head of the Conservation Department of the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic and one of our FIU-FTBG graduate students. The Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awared Rosa Rodr guez with a grant ($10,000) to conduct studies pertinent to conservation biology of Pseudophoenix in the Dominican Republic. The project will be administered through the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic and it will be conducted in...

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FIU-FTBG Faculty Delivers Talk in the Canary Islands

Friday, December 21, 2012

FIU-FTBG faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered a talk about his research pertinent to the plant hunting trips of David Fairchild. This presentation took place at the Instituto de Estudios Canarios (La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands) on December 18. During this event a new publication by Dr. Francisco-Ortega entitled "David Fairchild and his Biological Expeditions to the Canary Islands" was presented. Dr. Esperanza Beltran (Departamento de Biologia Vegetal - Universidad de La ...

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The Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Supports Palm Conservation Initiatives in Haiti

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Botanists from the Cayes Botanic Garden, Haiti (Wiliam Cinea and Nothude Tilus), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Dr. Brett Jestrow), and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic (Alberto Veloz) performed field work activities pertinent to the conservation of the Critically Endangered palm Pseudophoenix lediniana. This expedition took place between November 27 and December 5, 2012, and it was supported by the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. One of the main aims ...

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Plant hunting in the Dominican Republic – A joint expedition between botanists from Miami and Santo Domingo

Monday, December 10, 2012

Scientists and horticulturists from the Montgomery Botanical Center (Dr. Chad Husby), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Dr. Brett Jestrow and Mr. Jason Lopez), and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic (Mr. Teodoro Clase) joined forces in a plant hunting expedition to the Dominican Republic organized and administered by Montgomery Botanical Center. This expedition was possible thanks to the generous support of Fairchild Trustee Mr. Lin Lougheed. Between 16 and 26 July, ...

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