The article "Keep collecting: accurate species distribution modelling requires more collections than previously thought" by FIU-Fairchild Faculty Kenneth Feeley and Miles Silman (Wake Forest University) was published as the cover article in Diversity and Distributions (Volume 17, Issue 6, pages 1132–1140). This paper illustrates how temporally auto-correlated collection biases decrease the accuracy of species distribution models and hence necessitate larger sample sizes.
Between October 30 and November 11, Harold Suárez from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali (Colombia) will be visiting us. For the last five years Harold has been working at the Biotechnology Unit of CIAT where he has been involved in several projects with oil palm, fodder grasses and legumes. He has an interest in plant molecular systematics and during his visit he learned about our unique palm collections and also interacted with our colleagues from FIU, USDA, and Montgomery Botanical Center. He was hosted by our Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega.
Supported by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden our Dr. Hong Liu is attending the 20th World Orchid Conference at Singapore between 13 and 20th November 2011. Dr. Liu will deliver a talk on "Conserving Wild Orchids in Southwestern China: Buffering the Impact of Global Changes"
Between October 31 and November 1, biologists and associate staff of the Botanic Garden of Culiacán (BGC) (Sinaloa, Mexico) visited the Garden. During this visit a memorandum of understanding with Fairchild was signed and plans for future research/education projects were established. Founded in 1986 this botanic garden has an extraordinary living collections of palms. Image on the left; from left to right: Ing. Carlos Murillo (Director of the BGC), MS Erika Pagaza (Scientific Director of the BGC), Dr. Carl Lewis (FTBG Director), Barbara Apodaca (Chief Project Coordinator of the BGC), and Sofia Castillo (Marjeting and Comercial Services Coordinator of the BGC).