Visiting Researchers

Dr. Allen Dray of the United States Department of Agriculture visited Jamaica to conduct field research and collect Lygodium species in March 2013.  All the targeted species were collected and the trip was successful through the facilitation of The Botany Department, Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica.

Julian Aguirre from the New York Botanical Garden visited Jamaica on a trip to conduct field research and collect Hohenbergia species from June to July 2012. All the targeted species were collected and as such the trip was successful. The trip was facilitated by The Botany Department, Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica.

 

Marcos Caraballo and his supervisor Dr. Tomas Joglar of Penn State University visited Jamaica to conduct field research and collect Jamaican Mistletoes in April 2012. All the targeted species were collected and as such the trip was successful. The trip was facilitated by The Botany Department, Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica.

 

Dr. James Smith of Boise State University, Idaho, U.S.A. and his two students Maggi Ooi and Lacie Schulte visited Jamaica to conduct field research and collect Columnea species in February 2012. All the targeted species were collected and as such the trip was successful. The trip was facilitated by The Botany Department, Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica.

Lacie Schulte completed and submitted her masters thesis entitled ‘Phylogenetic relationships within Columnea section Angustiflorae: Insights into forces driving speciation’ in 2012.

 

Dr. Walter Judd and Gretchen Ionta of the University of Florida and Dan Skean Jr. and Becky Cotteleer of Albion College visited Jamaica to conduct field research and collect melastomes in January 2011. They had a successful collecting trip that was facilitated by The Botany Department, Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica. Subsequently three scientific papers were published of which Keron Campbell (Botanist, NHMJ, IOJ) was a co-author. The publications are as follows:

1. Judd, Walter S., Gretchen M. Ionta, J. Dan Skean, Jr., Keron C.ST.E. Campbell and Darin Pennys. 2011. Noteworthy Collections: Jamaica and Dominica. Castanea, 76(3): 311-312.
2. Judd, W.S., G.M. Ionta, L. Endara, K.C.ST.E. Campbell. 2011. Miconia pseudorigida (Melastomataceae: MIconieae) re-collected in the John Crow Mountains, Jamaica, with notes on its conservation status. Journal of Botanical Research of the Institute of Texas 5(2):727
3. Judd, Walter S., Gretchen M. Ionta. Keron C. ST.E. Campbell. 2011. Miconia pyramidalis (Melastonataceae: Miconieae): reported for the first time from Jamaica. Journal of Botanical Research Institute of Texas 5(2): 725-726.

 

Dr. Jun Wen of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History visited Jamaica to conduct field research and collect Dendropanax species in January 2011. She had a successful collecting trip that was facilitated by The Botany Department, Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica.

 

 

Alan Franck of the University of South Florida visited Jamaica to conduct field research and collect Harrisia in July 2009. He had a successful collecting trip that was facilitated by The Botany Department, Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica.

Alan Franck has subsequently completed and submitted his dissertation entitled ‘ Systematics of Harrisia (Cactaceae)’ in 2012 in which Keron C. St. E. Campbell, Lori-Ann Harris and Courtney Lyn were acknowledged for their assistance in facilitating his field research in Jamaica.