On Saturday February 18th, 2012, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosted its first-ever symposium on tropical biology. The one-day event, which was co-organized by Dr. Kenneth Feeley (FIU/FTBG) and Dr. Albert Uy (University of Miami), featured a series of talks by tropical biologists working at FIU and UM as well as a keynote address by Dr. Scott Robinson of University of Florida. The audience included 120+ scientists, educators, professionals and students all sharing the common goal of increasing our understanding and appreciation of tropical plant and animal communities. The symposium was intended to create a foundation for future collaborations between researchers and students at the different institutions as well as from across the broader community of tropical biologists and will be followed by future seminars and discussion groups. Images: bottom left (group photo at the Visitor Center of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden); bottom right (Dr. Ken Feeley delivering his lecture).