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Director of Museum of Natural History of Jamaica Performs Research at the Science Village

Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 07:35:00 PM

Supported by a grant from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Mrs. Tracy Commock (Director of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica - Institute of Jamaica) is conducting research on the systematics of the Jamaican endemic genus Dendrocousinia (Euphorbiaceae) between August 25 and September 15. Mrs. Tracy Commock is the Principal Investigator of this project. The research is being performed in the FIU-Fairchild Molecular Systematics and the Fairchild Anatomy and Morphology laboratories. These facilities are part of the Science Village of the Garden. During her stay with us Mrs. Tracy Commock is being hosted by the Director of the Herbarium of Fairchild Dr. Brett Jestrow in collaboration with FIU-FTBG researcher Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega. Our gratitude to the Montgomery Botanical Center for providing  Mrs. Tracy Commock lodging at its guest house. Images below: top, Mrs. Tracy Commock and Mr. Michael Hass performing  molecular research; bottom, cross section of leave of D. fasciculata obtained in the anatomy laboratory during this research visit.




Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Supports Research in Jamaica

Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 09:47:06 AM

Mrs. Tracy Commock (Director of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica) is being supported with a grant from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund to undertake studies pertinent to the systematics and conservation biology of the Jamaican endemic genus Dendrocousinia (Euphorbiaceae). The project is led by Mrs. Tracy Commock and it is being performed in partnership with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Herbarium Curator of Fairchild, Dr. Brett Jestrow) and Florida International University (FIU-FTBG faculty, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega).The project has a strong plant exploration component and between  August 4th - 14th field studies were conducted. Team members included Mrs. Tracy CommockDr. Brett Jestrow, and Mr. Keron Campbell (botanist and curator of the herbarium of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica). During this field trip samples for DNA, anatomical, and morphological studies were collected from eight species of Dendrocousinia and closely related relatives. Images from top to bottom: Fruiting plant of D. fasciculata; male plant of D. fasciculata; from left to right T. Commock, B. Jestrow, and K. Campbell at Peckham Woods, Clarendon; B. Jestrow and T. Commock collecting plant material at Bubby Hill; Ouaco Rock (only known locality for Sebastiania lesteri (Euphorbiaceae)); field assistant Adolf Malcolm collecting material of S. crenulata); and flowering plant of Portlandia harrisii (Rubiaceae).






FIU-Biology Faculty Organizes Florida Algal Diversity Workshop with Support from Science Village Laboratories

Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 03:01:05 PM

Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides, faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences of FIU organized a workshop on Florida Algal Diversity between August 10-13, 2013. The workshop included Dr. Mutue Toyota Fujii (Brazil), Dr. Valeria Cassano (Brazil), Dr. Jhoana Díaz-Larrea (México), and Dr. Juan Lopez Bautista (Alabama). Three students from FIU and four from Alabama University also joined the workshop. Most of the field work was conducted at the Deering Estate Park. The laboratory facilities of the anatomy and morphology laboratories of the Fairchild Science Village were used as an important support for the workshop.