For 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 family.

While here, John presented  two seminars based on his research: “Systematics and Taxonomy of Livistona (Arecaceae)” and “Livistona Species in Coastal Habitats of Eastern Australia: Are They Adapted to Cyclones?”