My research on flowering plants focuses on the taxonomy and ecology
of trees of the lowland New World tropics. I am especially interested in
the co-evolution between plants and their pollinators and seed dispersers.
In order to investigate these relationships in detail, I pursue taxonomic
research on the
Brazil nut family
(Lecythidaceae) for which a Flora Neotropica monograph has been completed.
In addition, I have selected geographic areas of high species diversity
of the Brazil nut family for detailed study of its ecological relationships.
I have published the results of a study of the 27 species of the family
found in central French Guiana and a study of the 39 species of Lecythidaceae
found in a 100-hectare central Amazonian plot. I intend on doing similar
work in western Amazonia. The results of these investigations have given
me a better understanding of the evolution of the family as well as permitted
me to make specific recommendations for the conservation of lowland, neotropical
I am dedicated to the conservation
of tropical forests. In addition, I am interested in teaching others about
the complexity and fragility of tropical ecosystems through classroom teaching
and by leading ecotours
to the tropics.
I have prepared a vascular plant flora of a biological reserve in central
French Guiana. The flora has been done in collaboration with IRD (ex
ORSTOM), the overseas organization responsible for research in France's
overseas departments. The book is designed to allow non-botanists to determine
the names of plants in this, one of the last wilderness areas of the world.
I continue my work in French Guiana with studies of plant/animal interactions,
in particular bat pollination and dispersal.
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Nathaniel Lord Britton Curator of Botany.
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin (1974).
Instructor of Botany and Zoology, University of Wisconsin Center System
at Marshfield (1969-1974).
Curator, Summit Herbarium, Canal Zone, Panama (1974-1975).
Curator, Herbario Centro de Pesquisas do Cacau, Itabuna, Bahia, Brazil
Research Associate, The New York Botanical Garden (1975-1978); Associate
Curator (1980-1982); Curator (1982-1991); Senior Curator (1991-1995); Director,
Institute of Systematic Botany (1995-2000).
Associate Editor, Flora Neotropica (1980-1983), Co-editor (1984-1992);
Chairman, Scientific Publications Committee, New York Botanical Garden
Memberships in American Society of Plant Taxonomists; Association for Tropical
Biology; Botanical Society of America; International Association for Plant
Taxonomy; Explorers Club; Organization for Flora Neotropica (Executive
Director, 1988-1993); Society for Conservation Biology; Torrey Botanical
Society (President, 1999-2001).
Selected Publications (for a complete list click
Mori, S. 1987. "The Lecythidaceae of a lowland Neotropical forest: La Fumée
Mountain, French Guiana." Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 44:1-190.
Mori, S. 1989. "Eastern, extra-Amazonian Brazil." In: D.G. Campbell
and H.D. Hammond (eds.), Floristic Inventory of Tropical Countries.
The New York Botanical Garden, New York. Pp. 427-454.
Mori, S., L.A. Mattos Silva, G. Lisboa, and L. Coradin. 1990. Manual
de manejo do herbário fanerogâmico (2nd ed.). Centro de
Pesquisas do Cacau, Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil. 104 pp.
Mori, S., G.T. Prance and C. de Zeeuw. 1990. "Lecythidaceae--Part II. The
zygomorphic-flowered New World genera." Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 21(II):1-376.
Mori, S. A., G. Cremers, C. Gracie, J.-J. de Granville, M. Hoff, &
J. D. Mitchell. 1997. Guide to the vascular plants of central French Guiana.
Part 1. Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, and Monocotyledons. Mem. New York Bot.
Gard. 76(1): 1-422.
Mori, S. A., G. Cremers, C. Gracie, J.-J. de Granville, M. Hoff, S. V.
Heald & J. D. Mitchell. 2002. Guide to the vascular plants of central
French Guiana. Part 2. Dicotyledons. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 76(2): 1-776,