Invasive mangrove removal continues at Fairchild and nearby Matheson Hammock Park

Friday, April 27, 2012

(Staff from the IRC in the dwarf mangroves, north of Fairch In 2008, scientists from several institutions including Fairchild first documented the escape of the non-native mangrove Lumnitzera racemosa into the surrounding natural mangrove forests, where plants had spread to cover 20 acres. We took action immediately, drawing on help from volunteers, staff, and two different contractors. Four years later, tens of thousands of trees and their seedlings have been removed. This April, The ...

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Graduate Student from Harvard University Visits Fairchild to Collect Plant Material from the Bahamian Plot

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Bahamian Plot of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden provides an example of the vision that Dr. David Fairchild and Col. Robert Montgomery had for our Garden. The plot was established as a result of extensive plant exploration in the Bahamas Islands to produce the flora of this archipelago. This plot has unique plants that provide extraordinary opportunities for research. Luke Nikolov a graduate student from Harvard University, traveled to our Garden specifically to collect and examine...

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CTPC Members Deliver Presentations at the Plant Biologists of South Florida Meeting for 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The annual meeting of the Plant Biology of South Florida took place at the Montgomery Botanical Center on April 14. CTPC members delivered oral presentations (FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, FIU-Fairchild Graduate Student Klara Scharnagl) and posters (FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Eric von Wettberg and FIU-Fairchild Graduate alumnus Nora Oleas). Image below: Meeting participants....

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National Geographic Society Awards Ken Feeley's Studies on Climatic Change Effects with Research Grant

Friday, March 30, 2012

Ken Feeley is awarded a research grant by the National Geographic Society ($21,500) to help fund a new project investigating "Horizontal refugia and the effects of climate change on plant species distributions in the Peruvian Andes"...

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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Publication of "Flora of the Bahama Archipelago" - Plant Hunting in the Bahamas

Monday, March 26, 2012

As part of our initiatives to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of the Bahama flora we are re-building the Bahamian living collections of Fairchild and developing new plots for Bahamian plants at the recently established preserve on Eleuthera (The Leon Levy Nature Plant Preserve). In March 2012, our Brett Jestrow and Jason Lopez joined Ethan Freid (botanist of the Bahamas National Trust) and Mark Daniels (director of The Leon Levy Nature Plant Preserve) to follow the steps of ...

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Fairchild Scientists Join Faculty Colloquium Organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Center of FIU

Friday, March 16, 2012

On March 22nd the Latin American and Caribbean Center of FIU (LACC) organized its 5th Annual Affiliated Faculty Colloquium. This year's colloquium was entitled: "Environment, Society and Public Policy in the Caribbean Region" and both the Executive Director of Fairchild, Dr. Carl Lewis and FIU-Fairchild faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered lectures on "Building Community Participation in Caribbean Biodiversity Conservation" and "Plant Endemism in the Caribbean Islands", ...

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Wuying Lin Defends her MS Thesis

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Congratulations to Wuying Lin who successfully defended his MS Thesis on March 22, 2012 at the Department of Earth and Environment of Florida International University. Her thesies was entitled: "Comparative reproductive biology of a rare endangered orchid and its congeners" and the research took place at the Yachang Orchid Preserve at Guangxi Province China. The project was under the supervision of our Dr. Hong Liu....

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Fairchild - Gemini Botanical Garden Intern Joins CTPC

Monday, March 12, 2012

Starting in March, 2012, Santiago Arango Garces joined the CTPC as anintern to work with Dr. Brett Jestrow in several projects pertinent toorganizing our unique collection of herbarium specimens from theCaribbean Islands but with a major focus on the Bahamas Archipelago.Santiago is working joint program between Fairchild and Gemini Botanical Garden and will be with us until August. A FIU alumnus who majored inEnvironmental Studies, Santiago has a great interest in plant ...

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The Implications of Soil salinity for Endangered Key Tree Cactus Survival in a Changing Climate

Friday, March 9, 2012

Former Fairchild field botanist Joie Goodman with colleagues from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Desert Botanic Garden and University of Miami published an account (PloS ONE Vol. 7, Issue 3, e32528, March 2012) of the impact of increased soil salinity on the federally endangered Key Tree Cactus (Pilosocereus robinii) growing in the Florida Keys. They found that high mortality in the lower Keys was associated with high soil salinity. This was further ...

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Successful Restoration of South Florida Sand Dune Coastal Habitat and Reintroduction of Jacquemontia reclinata

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Restoring habitat is an essential component of species recovery practiced by the South Florida Conservation Team of Fairchild. These photographs show an amazing contrast between an area in Delray Beach impacted by hurricanes in 2005 and the subsequent robust growth and establishment of the South Florida endemic beach jacquemontia (Jacquemontia reclinata, Convolvulaceae) at the site by 2011. Sam Wright worked with local landscaper Rob Baron to reintroduce beach jacquemontia to this site in ...

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