Class Title: Botanical Expeditions to the Dominican Republic
Instructor: Dr. Chad Husby
Class Description: Chad will give an illustrated presentation about recent plant exploration in the Dominican Republic, highlighting the localities visited and the plants collected, including Clavija domingensis, Plumeria magna, Pachira emarginata, Zombia antillarum and Coccothrinax boschiana. The expedition team visited many localities throughout the country, from mountains to deserts and brought nearly 200 new species into cultivation for South Florida. In addition, Chad will describe the process of plant collecting in the 21 century, including how plants and seeds are collected, packed, imported and propagated. These expeditions were the result of collaboration among three botanical gardens: Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC), Jardín Botánico Nacional Dr. Rafael Ma. Moscoso of the Dominican Republic (JBSD) and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG). Funding was generously provided by Dr. Lin Lougheed.
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Location: Kapnick Center; Buehler Auditorium
Cost: $5 Garden Members/ $10 Non-members
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 28, 5:00pm
Instructor Bio: Chad Husby is Collections Manager and Botanist at the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC). Dr. Husby obtained a B.S. in biology and mathematics at Alma College, an M.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech, a Master of Applied Statistics at Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Florida International University. He endeavors to foster greater collaboration among botanical institutions to advance plant collections, plant science and horticulture. Dr. Husby has worked in laboratory research, field research, statistics research, plant exploration, living collections development, propagation of rare plant species for conservation, floristic inventory, and botanical and horticultural education. His academic research has focused on plant ecophysiology, biomechanics, horticulture, weed risk assessment, ex-situ conservation, and statistics. Through collaborative efforts with other botanical institutions in the US and overseas, Dr. Husby has greatly expanded the tropical conifer collection at MBC, which has become one of the largest in the world.