July 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

• Sandra Soto, a PhD student at the Universitat de Girona, in Girona, Spain, will be working with the SouthFlorida Conservation Team for the months of July and August 2010 on the Connect to Protect project.  As part of her doctorate studies she was encouraged to undertake a 1-3 month research stay at the CTPC in order to further develop her research skills and gain experience with ecological and conservation theory. Her experience with biogeography, cartography, landscape ecology, and Geographic Information Systems compliment our program needs.  She will be examining patterns of rare plant populations in pine rockland fragments. It is interesting to note that Sandra learned about our conservation work at Fairchild through a review of published literature, when she found an article written by Jennifer Possley, Joyce Maschinski, and our Miami-Dade County land management partners, Christina Rodriguez, and Jane Dozier in the journal Restoration Ecology (Possley et al. 2009).
Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega and Dr. Eugenio Santiago(University of Puerto Rico) will be visiting the New York Botanical Garden between July 12 and 16 to continue their research on botanical history. The main aim of this visit is to find relevant information pertinent to the contributions made by Domingo Bello y Espinosa to the flora of Puerto Rico. In 1881 and 1883 this Canary Island lawyer published the first floristic treatments for the flora of this island. On the right we show original illustrations of two Peacock orchid endemic species to Puerto Rico [Epidendrum kraenzlinii Bello (accepted name = Psychilis kraenzlinii (Bello) Sauleda and Epidendrum krugii Bello (accepted name = Psychilis krugii (Bello) Sauleda] as they were originally illustrated by Domingo Bello y Espinosa in 1881. See article by Santiago-Valentin & al. in Summer 2010 issue of the Tropical Garden

Dr. Eric von Wettberg will be attending the fifth International Congress on Legume Genetics and Genomics in Asilomar, California, between July 2 and 8, and presenting work on maternal environmental effects and salt tolerance in wild alfalfa, Medicago truncatula.

 Field researchers Sam Wright and Devon Powell will be traveling to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge (KWNWR) on June 30-July 2 to continue surveying the population of the state endangered Zanthoxylum flavum (yellow wood). With only about 60-70 of these trees left in the U.S., the Refuge contains the largest remaining wild population. A complete survey of Z. flavum has not occurred since Hurricane Georges in 1998.