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Tracy Monique Magellan
Outreach Manager

Montgomery Botanical Center
11901 Old Cutler Road
Miami, FL 33156

305-667-3800 ext. 114
tracym@montgomerybotanical.org

   



 

Summary

Ms. Tracy Magellan has headed the Outreach and Communications department at
Montgomery Botanical Center since 2008.  Her responsibilities include grant writing and development, volunteer management, and print and website communications.

Ms. Magellan began her botanical career in 1997 while at G. Holmes Braddock Sr. High in Miami, FL.  She was a genetics intern at Florida International University (FIU) working with Dr. David Kuhn in the Botany Department.  She also worked at the Botany Department at FIU for two summers while in college: one summer with Dr. David Lee (1998) and one summer with Dr. Jennifer Richards (1999). 

Ms. Magellan received an Associate of Arts in Biology from Miami Dade College in 2000 and a Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Florida in 2002.

Upon graduation, Ms. Magellan acquired a position with the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service-Subtropical Horticulture Research Station (aka. Chapman Field) in Miami, FL and worked there for two years (2002-2004) in the Entomology department under the supervision of Robert Heath, Dr. Nancy Epsky, and Dr. Tom Weissling. 

Ms. Magellan returned to school and earned a Master of Environmental Science with a focus in Tropical Ecology from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2007.  While at Yale she studied ecology and completed two master's projects. One on the diversity of lepidoptera in pure and mixed plantation of eight native tree species at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica and the second on cedar swamp ecology in Connecticut and the growth patterns in 15 years.  

Ms. Magellan's training is in Botany, Terrestrial Ecology, Plant-Insect Interactions, and Conservation.


Education

Master of Environmental Science
Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2007).

Bachelor of Science, Major in Botany
University of Florida (2002).

Associate of Arts, Major in Biology
Miami Dade College (2000).

Recent research - peer reviewed articles & book chapters

Griffith, M. P., M. Calonje, A. W. Meerow, J. Francisco-Ortega, L. Knowles, R. Aguilar, F. Tut, V. Sanchez, A. Meyer, L. R. Noblick, and T. M. Magellan. 2017. Will the ex situ protocols give similar results for closely related species? Biodiversity and Conservation. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-017-1400-2.

Magellan, T. M. and M. P. Griffith. 2017. Status of Pseudophoenix sargentii on Elliott Key, Florida. Palms 61(1): 41-44.

Griffith, M. P., M. Calonje, A. W. Meerow, F. Tut, A. T. Kramer, A. Hird, T. M. Magellan, and C. E. Husby. 2015. Can a botanic garden cycad collection capture the genetic diversity in a wild population? International Journal of Plant Sciences 176:1-10.

Magellan, T. M., M. P. Griffith, and P. B. Tomlinson. 2015. Distribution of gelatinous fibers in seedling roots of living cycads. American Journal of Botany. doi: 10.3732/ajb.150023.

Magellan, T. M., P. B. Tomlinson, and B. A. Huggett. 2015. Stem anatomy in the spiny american palm Bactris (Arecaceae-Bactridinae). Hoehnea 42(3): 567-579.

Griffith, M. P., T. M. Magellan and P. B. Tomlinson. 2014. Variation in leaflet structure in Cycas (Cycadales:Cycadaceae): Does anatomy follow phylogeny and geography? International Journal of Plant Sciences 175 (2): 241-255.

Tomlinson, P. B., T. M. Magellan, and M. P. Griffith. 2014. Root Contraction in Cycas and Zamia (Cycadales) Determined by Gelatinous Fibers. American Journal of Botany 101(8): 1275-1285.

Magellan, T. M, C. Husby, S. Cuestas, and M. P. Griffith. 2013. Spent Coffee Grounds Do Not Control Cycad Aulacaspis Scale. Horttechnology 23(2): 201-206.

Magellan, T. M., Montagnini, F. and Montero, J. 2011. Diversity of Lepidoptera in Pure and Mixed Plantations of Eight Native Tree Species at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. In F. Montagnini and C. Finney (Eds.) Restoring Degraded Landscapes with Native Species in Latin America. Hauppauge: Nova Press, pp. 127-144.

 

Recent articles

Magellan, T.M. 2013. Service Learning at Colleges and Universities. Public Garden 28(2): 10-13.

Magellan, T. 2013. Montgomery Botanical Center: A Garden of Champion Trees. Florida State Horticultural Society FSHS Newsletter Vol. 22(2):6.

Husby, C., L. Danielson, A. Strader, E. Witcher, and T. Magellan. 2012. Chamaedorea at the Montgomery Botanical Center. The Palm Journal 199: 42-45.

Magellan, T. 2012. The Collections at Montgomery Botanical Center. Florida State Horticultural Society FSHS Newsletter Vol. 21(5):6-7.

Griffith P., A. Strader, T. Magellan, and L. Noblick. 2011. Roystonea and Pseudophoenix: essential palms at Montgomery Botanical Center. The Palm Journal 196: 9-11.

 

Recent book reviews

Magellan, T. M. 2010. Book Review of Fundamentals of Tree-Ring Research.  Economic Botany 64(4):390-391.

Magellan, T. M. 2010. Book Review of The Global Migrations of Ornamental Plants: How the World Got into Your Garden.  Economic Botany 64(2):183-184.

 

Presentations

Griffith, M. P. (presenter), P. B. Tomlinson, D. Stevenson, A. Vovides, M. Calonje, A. Meerow, J. Francisco-Ortega, and T. Magellan. 2012. Structural Evolution in Cycads: Do traits in extant cycads inform ancestral conditions? Plant Biologists of South Florida. April 14, 2012 at 9:00am.

Magellan, T. M. 2012. How to Plant a Palm. Coral Gables Museum Farmers Market Kids Workshop. Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11am.

Magellan, T. M. 2012. Historic Plantings in Coral Gables. Coral Gables Farmers Market Gardening Workshop. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 9am.

Tomlison, P. B.(presenter) and T. M. Magellan. 2012. Was angiosperm pollen ancestrally saccate? Exaptation or adaptation? Plant Biologists of South Florida. April 14, 2012 at 9:30am.

Magellan, T. M. 2011. A Living Treasure from The Bahamas: Bay Rush- Zamia lucayana Meeting. Conservation Collections at Botanic Gardens: Examples from Montgomery Botanical Center. Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 7pm in The Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas.

Magellan, T. M. 2011. A Living Treasure from The Bahamas: Bay Rush- Zamia lucayana Meeting. Conservation Collections at Botanic Gardens: Examples from Montgomery Botanical Center. Tuesday, July 28, 2011 at 7pm in The Community Centre, Long Island, Bahamas.

Magellan, T. M. & V.L. Murphy. 2011. Historic Plantings in Coral Gables. Coral Gables Farmers Market Gardening Workshop. Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 9am.

Magellan, T. M. & L. Danielson. 2010. Historic Plantings in Coral Gables. Coral Gables Farmers Market Gardening Workshop. Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 9am.

Magellan, T. M. 2009. Montgomery Botanical Center and Green Gardening. Miami Dade College. Presentation for the Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).

 

Poster presentations

Magellan, T. M., C. Husby, S. Cuestas, and M. P. Griffith. 2013. Sometimes you want to avoid natural selection: Can pounds of coffee grounds end your pest problems? American Public Gardens Association Conference. May 20, 2013-May 24, 2013.

Magellan, T. M., C. Husby, S. Cuestas, and P. Griffith. 2012. Coffee Express: The Rigorous Assessment of Coffee Grounds as Potential Treatment for Cycad Aulacaspis Scale, Aulacaspis yasumatsui. Plant Biologists of South Florida. April 14, 2012.

Magellan, T. M.(presenter), C. Husby, S. Cuestas, and P. Griffith. 2011. Coffee Express: The Rigorous Assessment of Coffee Grounds as Potential Treatment for Cycad Aulacaspis Scale, Aulacaspis yasumatsui. 9th International Conference on Cycad Biology (Cycad 2011).

 

Federal Grants


CSBR: Living Stock Collections: Critical Environmental Upgrade for Living Collections of Arecaceae, Zamiaceae, and Cycadaceae. Award #1203242. Griffith, M.P. (PI), T. M. Magellan (Co-PI), and C. E. Husby (Co-PI). June 1, 2012-May 31, 2013. http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1203242

Institute of Museum and Library Services - Museums for America - Collections Stewardship. Mission Based Collection Planning (MA-05-12-0336-12). M.P Griffith, C. E. Husby, M. Calonje, A. Kramer, and T. M. Magellan. October 1, 2012- September 30, 2013. http://www.imls.gov/news/mfa_announcement_2012.aspx#FL.

Institute of Museum and Library Services - Museums for America - Collections Stewardship. Mission Based Collection Planning (MA-30-14-0123-14) M.P Griffith, C. E. Husby, M. Calonje, A. Hird, and T. M. Magellan. October 1, 2014- September 30, 2015. http://www.imls.gov/news/2014_all_oms_grants_list.aspx#FL

 

Field experience

Costa Rica (2006)

United States (1998-1999, 2002-2004, 2005-2006, 2011)

 


Volunteering


5th Meeting Group of the Working Group of Fruit Flies of the Western Hemisphere

Community Day at the USDA

Fairchild Tropical Garden - laboratory experiments

Journal of Sustainable Forestry Reviewer

The Kampong, Bali Ha'i

Miami Children’s Hospital - Oncology and Hematology

Miami MetroZoo- Museum Volunteer

West Kendall Regional Library



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