From 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.

During his stay at MBC, Bill presented two seminars: “Comparative Molecular Phylogenetics of Palms” and “Perspectives on the Conservation of Palms”. Bill has also done extensive research into the relationships and systematics of the palm family and is a very active worker for palm conservation.