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Staff Directory

The Science Division of The New York Botanical Garden encompasses several departments and programs and includes more than one hundred Ph.D.-level faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and highly trained technical staff. All are working toward the Garden’s scientific mission to explore, understand, and conserve the Earth’s vast botanical diversity.


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Staff Scientists

Ambrose, Barbara plant genomics, morphology and development
Balick, Michael Ethnobotany, Poison Plants, Pacific Island Floristics Belize, Micronesia, neotropics, New York City
Boom, Brian Neotropical systematic and economic botany; Rubiaceae; forest inventories neotropics
Buck, William Pleurocarpus mosses worldwide
Campbell, Lisa lcampbell@nybg,org Systematics; Anatomy of Xyridaceae North America; Venezuela, particularly the Guayana region Poales
Daly, Douglas Burseraceae (frankincense family) Neotropics (especially Amazonian Brazil), Mexico, Madagascar, New Guinea, Vietnam leaf architecture, tree identification, floristics of Amazonia, economic botany, certification of managed tropical forests
Halling, Roy Agaricales and Boletales (mushrooms, puffballs and related groups) Worldwide Poisonous fungi
Henderson, Andrew Arecaeae (Palm family) South Asia, Central America, Caribbean, South America
Holmgren, Noel Intermountain Flora North America, Venezuela Scrophulariaceae (Beard Tongue family)
Holmgren, Patricia Intermountain Flora North America
Kallunki, Jacquelyn Rutaceae (Orange family) neotropics
Karol, Kenneth Green Algal Systematics and Evolution (Charales) Worldwide Organellar Genome Evolution
Kelly, Lawrence Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort family), Symplocaceae (Sweetleaf family), Saurauia (Actinidiaceae; Kiwi family) neotropics, worldwide
Litt, Amy plant genomics; floral morphology and development Vochysiaceae
Little, Damon Gymnosperms and Bioinformatics North America, worldwide
Michelangeli, Fabian Melastomataceae neotropics ant-plant interactions
Mickel, John Pteridophytes (Ferns and related groups) Mexico, North America
Moran, Robbin Pteridophytes (Ferns and related groups) Costa Rica, neotropics, North America
Mori, Scott Systematics and ecology of Lecythidaceae and neotropical floristics. Neotropics, especially Amazonia, French Guiana, Saba, and the Osa Peninsula, and Westchester County, New York. Plant/animal interactions, bat seed dispersal, and presentation of data about plant systematics on the Internet.
Naczi, Robert Floristics of eastern North America, Systematics and ecology of Cyperaceae, Systematics and ecology of Sarraceniaceae Western Hemisphere  
Nee, Michael Solanaceae (Tomato family) Bolivia, Brazil, neotropics Cucurbitaceae (Squash family)
Padoch, Christine Smallholder resource management in tropics Amazonia, Southeast Asia
Pedraza, Paola ppedraza at; paola.pedraza at Systematics of Ericaceae Central and South America Andean flora, especially floristics and diversity in paramos and cloud forests.
Peters, Charles Tropical forestry and ecology Amazonia, Mexico, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, SW China, Laos, Cambodia
Plunkett, Gregory Araliaceae, Apiaceae, Pittosporaceae SW Pacific Islands, Temperate and Tropical South America Molecular Systematics, Biogeography
Stevenson, Dennis Cycadaceae (Cycad family) neotropics, worldwide
Thiers, Barbara Hepaticae (Liverworts) neotropics, worldwide
Thomas, William Cyperaceae (Sedge family), Simaroubaceae (Tree of Heaven family, and Picramniaceae (Bitter-bush Family) Brazil (especially the Atlantic coastal forest), neotropics, worldwide Executive Director, Organization for Flora Neotropica
Torke, Benjamin Leguminosae (bean family); floristics and species diversity in Amazonia neotropics, especially Brazil
Vandebroek, Ina Ethnobotany of medicinal plants and community health in the Caribbean, South America and New York City Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, New York City Medical Cultural Competency Training, Community Outreach, Development Cooperation
Zanoni, Thomas Gymnosperms West Indies

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Research Associates

Atha, Daniel flora of Belize; flora of the Caucasus; flora of North America; Acalypha subgenus Linostachys; Polygonaceae, esp. Persicaria.
Burke, Janelle Systematics of Polygonaceae and Melastomataceae Neotropics Invasive species
Harris, Richard Lichens North America, West Indies lichens worldwide
Law, Wayne Ethnobotany; Ecology Micronesia  
Lendemer, James Lichen Systematics North America Dichanthelium dichotomum group (Poaceae)
McCarthy, Elizabeth Floral development and evolution
Mitchell, John Anacardiaceae neotropics, worldwide
Nicolas, Antoine Systematics of Apiales; molecular systematic Worldwide
Sewell, Matthew
Vasco, Alejandra Systematics of the fern genus Elaphoglossum (Dryopteridaceae) New York City, Neotropics Systematics of Neotropical Ferns and Lycophytes
Walls, Ramona Plant ontology, ecology and systematics of Mexican Dioscorea New York, Mexico plant ecophysiology, leaf trait evolution

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Graduate Students

Aguirre-Santoro, Julian Plant systematics, Bromeliaceae Colombia
Allen, Jessica Lichen systematics North America
Craven, Dylan The physiological ecology of reforestation and its impact on secondary forest succession in the tropics. Panama
Davoodian, Naveed Mycology
De Gezelle, Jillian Ethnobotany Belize, Panama Ethnomedicine, Tropical Ecology
Duguid, Marlyse Disturbance ecology North America
Ganzhorn, Seth Habitat fragmentation and genetic diversity of forest trees in Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil Brazil
Hawken, Iona Urbanization, Land-Use, and Landscape Transformation in Amazonia Amazonia
Hooper, Elaine Effects of seed dispersal in tropical forest regeneration, and the use of multivariate analysis to characterize species interrelationships in highly diverse tropical ecosystems Brazil
James, Thomas Forest ecology Mongolia
Keleman, Alder Forestry and environmental studies
Kitalong, Christopher Ethnobotany Palau
Kriebel, Ricardo Systematics of Melastomataceae Neotropics
Kulakowski, Dan Plant chemistry
Lim, Gwynne Plant Systematics Southern China, Malesia
Matos, Fernando Fern systematics Brazil
Offringa, Lisa Medicinal Plants of Northern Thailand to Improve Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly Thailand Ethnobotany, medicinal plants, phytochemistry
Osterhoudt, Sarah Globalism, environmental anthropology and the vanilla bean trade in Madagascar Madagascar
Perez, William Systematics of green algae North America
Reginato, Marcelo Systematics of Melastomataceae Neotropics, Brazil
Rodrigues, Carlos Systematics of Araliaceae
Salinas, Nelson Systematics of Ericaceae New world
Stoike, Jeffrey Agroforestry Brazil
Virnig, Annie Genomics, ethnobotany
Wang, Xian Systematics of green algae North America
Wolkow, Robert Studies of Guyanese ethnomedicine Guyana
Xu, Chengyuan Ecophysiology of respiration in northern hardwood forests North America

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