Image of the Library Building

Thomas A. Zanoni

Adjunct Scientist, William and Lynda Steere Herbarium

Ph.D., Colorado State University
Ft. Collins, Colorado, 1975




Flora of the Greater Antilles (especially Dominican Republic and Haiti)

Research locations

West Indies


I work for two parts of the Science division of the New York Botanical Garden. Most of my time is spent in service to the Herbarium, as a Collection Manager mostly concerned with loans, informations requests, and curating the Type Collection of Vascular Plants. I fulfill loan requests for specimens of vascular plants annd provide information relating to the specimens (types and non-types) and collectors of material held at The Garden. I was the Editor-in-Chief of The Garden’s quaterly of plant taxonomic journall Brittonia. Currently I am Editor-in-Chief of Flora Neotropica Monographs and am involved in the behind-the-scenes work of getting the manuscripts to the production staff of the New York Botanical Garden Press. Previous to my coming to The Garden, I worked nearly 13 years at the Jardin Botanico Nacional, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where my time was spent on intensive collection of the native and introduced planst of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, which share the island of Hispaniola, in the Caribbean. As a continuation of that work, I continue an interst in the plants of Hispaniola and the Caribbean Island. I work with the botanists at the Jardin Botanico Nacional on plants from that island and also co-edit the Flora of the Greater Antilles Newsletter. Other projects in which I am involved are two botanical biographies about Swedish botanists who collected in the Greater Antilles. The first is about Erik L. Ekman who collected form 1914-1931 on Cuba and Hispaniola; I was working on this project with Roger Lundin (died November 2005) and now with Bertil Nordenstam of the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. The second project is about Olof Swartz who collected on Jamaica, Cuba, and Haiti, in 1784-1786, this work is done in coordination with Bertil Nordenstam at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Other projects I am involved with are the Index of Btanical Literature (published online by the New York Botanical Garden) and a bibliogrpahy of literature relating to the cultivars of woody plants.