2005 MBC News Archive
Florida 2005 Palm and Cycad Expeditions
November 22, 2005
Dr. James Mauseth, Professor of Botany at UT Austin
Montgomery Botanical Center recently hosted Dr. James Mauseth, professor of botany at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Mauseth came to study palm anatomy and morphology, and to acquire palm trunk specimens for students of his plant anatomy courses. He presented a seminar, “Cactus Adaptations to Deserts Are More Exotic Than You Think,” on Friday, November 18th.
Dr. Mauseth is a leading plant anatomist, and author of two widely-used undergraduate and graduate textbooks, as well as other books and numerous articles. His input and discussions with MBC’s executive director regarding collections-based natural history research have been very productive.
October 24, 2005
Hurricane Wilma Strikes South Florida (Click here for photos)
Once again, we sustained major damage to our plants collections from yet another hurricane. As of November 1st, power was restored to part of the property and damage assessments and recovery efforts were underway. Additional information and photos will be posted once the damage assessments are completed.
October 2, 2005
MBC’s Cycad Biologist Returns from Successful Panama Expedition
September 29, 2005
Guyana 2005 Expedition, Adelaide Botanic Gardens
MBC hosted a group of nine travelers from Adelaide Botanic Gardens in South Australia, Including Steven Forbes (Director). This group was passing through Miami on its way to Guyana, to revisit the routes of Richard Schomburgk’s expeditions there from 1841 to 1844. The 2005 expedition is part of ABG’s 150th anniversary commemoration.
While at MBC, the Adelaide group toured the property and collections, and discussed MBC’s collecting methods, plant records strategy, landscape design principles, and collections usage by scientists and other researchers. The MBC staff was very happy to again interact with colleagues from Australia.
August 29, 2005
Cliff Sawtell, Senior Horticulturalist at Adelaide Botanic Gardens
MBC hosted Cliff Sawtell the last week of August. Cliff is responsible for the Economic Collections at Adelaide Botanic Gardens (ABG) in Adelaide, Australia, which includes many palm and cycad species. Mr. Sawtell was awarded a scholarship by the Friends of the ABG to spend time at a number of botanical institutions in Miami learning about horticultural and collections management methods. On Monday afternoon, August 29th, Cliff presented a lecture titled “A Pictorial Tour of the Adelaide Botanic Garden featuring Palmae,” in the Nixon Smiley Meeting Room, providing a welcome break from MBC’s Hurricane Katrina recovery activities.
August 26, 2005
Hurricane Katrina Recovery at MBC (Click here for photos)
Hurricane Katrina arrived at MBC late in the evening of Thursday, August 25th. A significant number of MBC’s Palm Collections were affected, as well as a smaller number of our Cycad Collections. Additionally, many of our hardwood trees were felled. Damage assessments of the plant collections took three full days and were completed on August 31st. Click the link above for more information and photos of some of the damage and our cleanup efforts.
July 21, 2005
Jeremy Stalker, Ph.D. Student in Geology at FIU
Jeremy is investigating the waters that contribute to Biscayne Bay as part of his doctoral studies at Florida International University; he has been collecting data from wells at MBC and aquifers underneath. On Thursday the July 21st at 2:30 p.m., Jeremy discussed his findings to date in a seminar held in the Nixon Smiley Meeting Room. We were glad to receive expert information on our underground water. Primarily focused on scientific plant collections, MBC also encourages use of its site for other important scientific purposes.
July 11, 2005
Dr. John Dowe, Montgomery Botanical Research Fellow
two weeks in July, MBC hosted Dr. John Dowe, botanist with the
Australian Center for Tropical Freshwater Research at James Cook
University in Townsville, Australia. John is an expert on Livistona,
and has done extensive research on systematics and ecology of the palm
July 6, 2005
Dr. William Hahn, Montgomery Botanical Research Fellow
July 5th through July 10th, MBC hosted Dr. William Hahn, associate dean
and associate research professor of biology at Georgetown University in
Washington, DC. Bill, a longtime contributor of specimens to MBC, is
doing research on palms of the tribe Cocoseae.
July 1, 2005
MBC Receives National Award for Montgomery News
Botanical Center was honored with the Dorothy E. Hansell Award at the
2005 American Association of Botanic Gardens and Arboreta Meeting in
Chicago for its newsletter, The Montgomery News. The Hansell award
recognizes the accomplishments of gardens with respect to effective
communication and focuses on a different type of communication each
year. The competition category for 2005 was “newsletter.”
June 6, 2005
MBC Presents Paper at FSHS Conference
MBC was represented at the Florida State
Horticultural Society Conference in Tampa from June 6-7. MBC Staff
a paper titled “Effects of a Parasitic Wasp (Coccobius fulvus) on
Cycad Aulacaspis Scale (Aulacaspis yasumatsui) at Montgomery Botanical
June 6, 2005
Dylan Hannon, Plant Explorer
Dylan Hannon, curator of tropical plants and conservatory collections at Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California, visited MBC from June 4-7 to collect plant propagation material for inclusion in the Huntington’s newly constructed Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science.
Dylan is a veteran plant explorer; highlights
among his extensive
botanical travels include Mexico and Ecuador. Recently, Dylan has made
two expeditions to the arid tropical island of Socotra, off the coast
of Somalia. Dylan presented images and accounts of his
studies on Socotra in a seminar titled “A Natural History of Socotra”
in the Nixon Smiley Meeting Room at Montgomery
May 23, 2005
Dr. Mark Bonta, Montgomery Botanical Research Fellow
April 20, 2005
Dr. M. Patrick Griffith Joins MBC as Executive Director
January 18, 2005
MBC Staff Present Research at International Cycad Conference
MBC was represented at the 7th International Conference on Cycad Biology (CYCAD 2005) in Xalapa, Mexico. This conference occurs every three years and is an extraordinary opportunity for cycad scientists and enthusiasts to share information and their enjoyment of cycads.
MBC staff presented two papers, titled “Redescription of
Toward a Taxonomic Description Standard,” and “Managing
Cycad Aulacaspis Scale, Aulacaspis yasumatsui, at Montgomery
Botanical Center.” MBC also co-chaired a
workshop on promoting cycad conservation in Honduras. Two posters were presented,
entitled “The Tree Dioons” and “Key to the Species of Dioon”
(co-authored by Tim Gregory and Jeff Chemnick).
Click here for a complete summary of MBC’s participation in CYCAD 2005.