MBC led international cycad research efforts in Belize in August and September of 2008. The expedition was conducted in two parts. The first leg of the expedition, which was generously funded by Tim Gregory, focused on Ceratozamia robusta. The second portion, funded by the Association of Zoological Horticulture, surveyed native Zamia prasina populations in Belize, obtaining valuable phytogeographic, botanical, and demographic data.

The project represented direct collaboration between Montgomery Botanical Center, Green Hills Botanical Collections, Belize, Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas, Mexico, and local collaborators in Toledo District, Belize. Germplasm for ex situhorticultural conservation was obtained, and voucher specimens were deposited in Belize and in the United States.