FIU-Fairchild Faculty Attends FloraMac2012 International Symposium at Madeira Island

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Between September 5th and 8th 2012 the Madeiran Botanical Group (University of Madeira at Funchal) organized the FloraMac2012 International Symposium. The event focused on plant biodiversity issues pertinent to the Macaronesian Islands (Azores, Canaries, Cape Verde, Madeira, and Selvagens archipelagos). Our FIU-Fairchild faculty Dr. Javier Francisco Ortega delivered a talk on "Pre-Linnean references to the Macaronesian Flora." Dr. Francisco-Ortega thanks the FloraMac2012 Organizing Committee ...

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FIU-Fairchild Faculty Join Conference in Jamaica

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Between August 20 and 24, the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) organized a conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's Independence. The conference aimed to discuss challenges in science, education and development. Two of the FIU-Fairchild faculty (Dr. Eric Von Wettberg and Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega) were invited to this conference as part of an initiative to enhance academic links between FIU,...

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Dr. Alejandro Barbieri Awarded with a Fulbright Fellowship

Sunday, July 22, 2012

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 ...

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Canary Island Scientist Visits Fairchild

Monday, July 16, 2012

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 ...

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Graduate Course on Systematics of Tropical Plants

Friday, July 13, 2012

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...

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FIU-Fairchild Student Successfully Defends her Master Thesis

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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....

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FIU-Fairchild Faculty Joins 2012 Council Meeting of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists

Friday, July 6, 2012

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....

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Research & Education Contributions at the Botany 2012 Meeting

Friday, July 6, 2012

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 ...

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Research on Buccaneer Palm Featured on the Cover of "Palms"

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Funded by the International Palm Society, and the Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation of the Universidad de Puerto Rico, botanists from Montgomery Botanical Center (Patrick Griffith), Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (Eugenio Santiago-Valentin), Departmento de Recursos Naturales de Puerto Rico (Jose Sustache-Sustache), and FIU-Fairchild (Javier Francisco-Ortega) performed field studies pertinent to the conservation of Pseudophoenix sargentii on Mona Island, Puerto ...

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FIU-Fairchild Scientists Visit South China Botanic Garden

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hosted by Dr. Faguo Wang, our FIU-Fairchild Researchers Dr. Hong Liu and Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered two research talks at the South China Botanic Garden (the Chinese Academy of Sciences). During this visit Dr. Liu and Dr. Francisco-Ortega developed plans for future research/educational projects focusing on molecular phylogenetics, conservation biology, and orchid biology. Left image: Dr. Faguo Wang, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, and Dr. Hong Liu (left to right). Bottom image: left: ...

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