Graduate Studies

Graduate Program in Tropical Plant Biology and Conservation
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden invites graduate student applications for the Tropical Plant Biology and Conservation program. Our unique graduate program offers training in the core disciplines that contribute to conservation biology, such as systematics, ecology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, in the setting of both a major research university and botanical garden.  We provide opportunities for applied projects that make a difference in protecting tropical biodiversity and the lives of people dependent on this diversity. 

We offer an attractive educational package including potential support for field work, laboratory research expenses, and attendance to conferences to present research findings. Talented individuals with a passion for tropical plants are encouraged to apply.

Graduate students may carry out thesis research with an FTBG researcher in various areas of tropical plant biology and conservation. Students who apply to the FTBG graduate studies program can obtain their degrees at Florida International University - Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Earth and the Environment, or University of Miami - Department of Biology.


Program Administration




Administrator of Graduate Studies at Fairchild - Ms. Amy Padolf, Director of Department of Education of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (

Graduate Studies Director, FIU Department of Biological Sciences - Dr. Steve Oberbauer (

Graduate Studies Director, FIU Department of Earth and Environment - Dr. Jay Krishnaswamy (

         Graduate Studies Director, UM Department of Biology - Dr. Al Uy (



How to Apply  

Why Fairchild?



Graduate Fellowships

Research Support 

Graduate Students Manuals

Graduate Students

Student Publications

Graduate Courses


Center for Tropical Plant Conservation



 Updated January 21, 2014