The New York Botanical Garden


Doctoral student Alejandra Vasco collects ferns in the high mountains of Piedras Blancas in Venezuela.

Graduate Students

The Commodore Matthew Perry Graduate Studies Program provides advanced preparation and mastery of the field of plant diversity science for approximately 40 students annually who are working toward the Ph.D. degree. The Program operates in conjunction with the following six universities: Columbia University, Cornell University, Fordham University, Lehman College of the City University of New York, New York University, and Yale University.

Doctoral student Seth Ganzhorn inspects herbarium specimens at the Garden.

Responding to the accelerating rate of habitat destruction in the tropics, the Botanical Garden has placed a priority on tropical research and the training of more botanists, not only from the United States, but from other countries as well. The Program serves a diverse student body, and Garden graduates have come from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. After graduating, most foreign students return to their home countries to hold positions in government agencies, research centers, universities, and botanical gardens, where they have a direct impact on conservation, education, and biodiversity research.

Current Graduate Students



Research Projects

Graduate Students

Allen, Jessica
Lichen systematics Lichen Conservation Biology
Cannon, Brandi
Parasitic plants, conservation, ex-situ propagation, in-situ restoration Disturbance ecology and its overall influence on the conservation of Schwalbea americana (Orobanchaceae)
Cavaliere, Dario
Angiosperm systematics, Martyniaceae
Davoodian, Naveed
Mycology, Phylogenetics, Conservation Systematics of Gyroporus (Boletales)
Dorey, Jenna
Systematics of Carex (Cyperaceae) Systematics and Biogeography of the Woodland Sedges Carex section Laxiflorae (Cyperaceae)
Duguid, Marlyse
Disturbance ecology
Gavrutenko, Maria
Reproductive biology of Melastomataceae
Gottschalk, Stephen
Systematics and ecology of green algae
Hawken, Iona
Urbanization, Land-Use, and Landscape Transformation in Amazonia
James, Thomas
Forest ecology
Keleman, Alder
Forestry and environmental studies
Lim, Gwynne
Plant Systematics
Martin, Meredith
Forest management and succession
Morcol, Taylan
Rodrigues, Carlos
Systematics of Araliaceae
Schmiege, Stephanie
Physiology of drought stress in tropical trees
Sleith, Robin
Systematics, ecology, and evolution of freshwater green algae Starry Stonewort: Assessing the Threat of an Invasive Freshwater Macroalga in the Northeast
Stoike, Jeffrey
Truong, Lan
Wolkow, Robert
Studies of Guyanese ethnomedicine
Young, Katherine
Agroforestry and ethnobotany
Zeng, Lily
Biodiversity conservation, sacred landscapes, ethnic minorities

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