|Congratulations to FIU-Fairchild Researcher Dr. Alejandro Barbieri who has received a J. William Fulbright Fellowship for 2012-2013 to visit the Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Cochabamba, Bolivia. During this visit Dr. Barbieri will teach a graduate mini-course and a workshop in Molecular and Cell Biology; will perform research projects in Cell Biology/Phytochemistry particularly by determining the role of native plant extracts on the in vitro development of fat cells; and will provide the foundations for future academic exchanges involving students and faculty associated to the FIU-Fairchild program in tropical plant biodiversity.|
|Dr. Arnoldo Santos-Guerra, Director of the Herbarium of the Botanic Garden of Orotava (Tenerife, Canary Islands) is visiting the Garden between July 12th and 18th. Dr. Santos-Guerra is a leading authority in floristics and phytogeographical research of the Macaronesian Islands. During this visit Dr. Santos-Guerra was hosted by Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega. Dr. Santos-Guerra and Dr. Francisco-Ortega are performing research pertinent to the history of plant exploration in the Macaronesian Islands. In addition Dr. Santos-Guerra is also involved in phylogenetic studies focusing on phylogenetics of the tribe Urticeae (Urticaceae) and of tropical and subtropical trees of the Primulaceae. These phylogenetic projects are under the leadership of the Head of the Fairchild Herbarium Dr. Brett Jestrow. Image below. From left to right: Dr. Santos-Guerra, Dr. Alejandro Barbieri (FIU-Fairchild Scientist), and Dr. Francisco-Ortega.|
The University of Florida, Department of Biology and The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, in collaboration with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center offered an intensive, in-residence course/workshop on the systematics of tropical plants, in Coconut Grove, Florida, from June 25 – July 13, 2012. The course was led by Prof. Walter Judd from the University of Florida. Course participants visited the facillities of the Center for Tropical Plant Conservation and also learned about the extraordinary living collections of Fairchild. Image below: Prof. Walter Judd and graduate students examine the Tropical Gymnosperm collection of Montgomery Botanical Center.
Congratulations to FIU-Fairchild graduate student Cara Cooper who successfully defended her MS Thesis on July 9, 2012 at the Department of Earth and Environment of Florida International University. Her Thesis was entitled: "Melinis repens Seed Bank Longevity in Miami-Dade County." The project was under the joint supervision of FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Hong Liu and Fairchild Researcher Dr. Joyce Maschinski.
|As one of the six members of the Council of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) our Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU-Fairchild Faculty) will join the annual council meeting on July 7th, at Columbus, Ohio. The meeting will include the Council Members, the ASPT President and other relevant members and supporting staff of the ASPT. Priorities and logistics for this coming year's events will be discussed during this meeting.|
Fairchild researcher Dr. Brett Jestrow (Director of the Herbarium), Fairchild Education Coordinator (Ms. Mary Keppler), FIU-Fairchild faculty (Dr.Eric Von Wettberg and Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega), FIU-Fairchild graduate students (Beyte Barrios and Catherine Bravo), and FIU-Fairchild alumnus (Dr. Nora Oleas) will be delivering presentations at the coming Botany 2012 meeting at Columbus, Ohio (July 7- 11). There will be a total number of 13 presentations. Most of the presentations are the results of research partnerships established with Montgomery Botanical Center, USDA, New York Botanic Garden,US Fish and Wildlife, Botanic Garden of Xalapa, and several institutions from the Caribbean Islands. Five of the talks will have FIU-Fairchild faculty/graduate students as leading presenters. Five of the presentations are supported by a grant to study cycad biodiversity by the National Science Foundation (award number 1050340). Further details of this meeting can be found at http://www.2012.botanyconference.org/."