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Meet the Scientists

Science Staff at The New York Botanical Garden

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.

Barbara AmbroseAmbrose, Barbara
bambrose@nybg.org
Specialty: Plant genomics, morphology and development
Current Research Projects:
Evolution and Development in Lycophytes and Ferns
Fruit Evolution and Development
Transforming Selaginella apoda into a Major Model Species

 


Michael BalickBalick, Michael
mbalick@nybg.org
Specialty: Ethnobotany, Poison Plants, Pacific Island Floristics
Current Research Projects:
Belize Ethnobotany Project
Plants and People of Micronesia
Plants and People of Vanuatu

 



Brian BoomBoom, Brian

bboom@nybg.org
Specialty: Neotropical systematic and economic botany; Rubiaceae; forest inventories
Current Research Projects:
Digitization of Caribbean Plants and Fungi in The New York Botanical Garden Herbarium
Identifying Cuba’s Most Vulnerable Plant Species in the Face of Climate Change and Habitat Loss
New York City EcoFlora
Strategy for Conserving Ash Trees in the Northeast: Collection, Analysis, and Outreach


William BuckBuck, William
bbuck@nybg.org
Specialty: Pleurocarpus mosses
Current Research Projects:
Bryoflora of Cape Horn Archipelago
North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change

 


Lisa CampbellCampbell, Lisa
lcampbell@nybg.org
Specialty: Systematics; Anatomy of Xyridaceae
Current Research Projects:
Natural History Collections: Developing Ericaceae Research Resources through Collections Enhancement and Data Integration

 


Douglas DalyDaly, Douglas
ddaly@nybg.org
Specialty: Burseraceae (frankincense family)
Current Research Projects:
Applications of Leaf Architecture in Systematics and Forest Management
Floristic Exploration in Southeast Asia
Floristic Exploration in Southwestern Amazonia
On the Andaquí Trail: Exploration and Conservation of Colombia’s Eastern Andean Piedmont
Professional Woodsmen for Managed Forests in Amazonian Brazil
Systematic Studies of the Burseraceae


Roy HallingHalling, Roy
rhalling@nybg.org
Specialty: Agaricales and Boletales (mushrooms, puffballs and related groups)
Current Research Projects:
Bolete Mushrooms Surveys and Revisions
Expansion of the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium to Incorporate Newly Acquired Specimens and Improve Curation
The Macrofungi Collection Consortium: Unlocking a Biodiversity Resource for Understanding Biotic Interactions, Nutrient Cycling and Human Affairs
Macrofungi of Costa Rica


Andrew HendersonHenderson, Andrew
ahenderson@nybg.org
Specialty: Arecaeae (Palm family)
Current Research Projects:
Expansion of the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium to Incorporate Newly Acquired Specimens and Improve Curation
Revision of Calamus
Palms of Vietnam


Noel HolmgrenHolmgren, Noel
nholmgren@nybg.org
Specialty: Intermountain Flora; Scrophulariaceae (Beard Tongue family)

 

 

 

 


Patricia HolmgrenHolmgren, Patricia
pholmgren@nybg.org
Specialty: Intermountain Flora

 

 

 

 


Kennth KarolKarol, Kenneth
kkarol@nybg.org
Specialty: Green Algal Systematics and Evolution (Charales)
Current Research Projects:
Expansion of the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium to Incorporate Newly Acquired Specimens and Improve Curation
The Green Algae Tree of Life
The Macroalgal Herbarium Consortium: Accessing 150 Years of Specimen Data to Understand Changes in the Marine/Aquatic Environment
Phylogeny and Systematics of the Characeae
Starry Stonewort: Assessing the Threat of an Invasive Freshwater Macroalga in the Northeast


Lawerence KellyKelly, Lawrence
lkelly@nybg.org
Specialty: Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort family), Symplocaceae (Sweetleaf family), Saurauia (Actinidiaceae; Kiwi family)
Current Research Projects:
Systematics of Symplocos

 


Lendemer, James
jlendemer@nybg.org
Specialty: Lichen Systematics
Current Research Projects:
Biodiversity Gradients in Obligate Symbiotic Organisms: A Case Study in Lichens in a Global Diversity Hotspot (NSF Dimensions)
Expansion of the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium to Incorporate Newly Acquired Specimens and Improve Curation
Lichen Biodiversity of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain


Damon LittleLittle, Damon
dlittle@nybg.org
Specialty: Gymnosperms and Bioinformatics
Current Research Projects:
DNA Barcoding of Dietary Supplements
Monographia: Open-Source Software to Automate Revisionary Systematic Studies

 


Fabian MichelangeliMichelangeli, Fabian
fabian@nybg.org
Specialty: Melastomataceae
Current Research Projects:
A New Era: Cuban/U.S. Collaboration in Biodiversity Science
Assessing Phylogeny and Biogeography in a Megadiverse Tropical Plant Family (Melastomataceae)
Dimensions US-BIOTA-São Paulo: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Biodiversity Prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Hotspot
Evolution of Functional Traits in the Melastomataceae
PBI: A Complete Web-based Monograph of the Tribe Miconieae (Melastomataceae)


John MickelMickel, John
jmickel@nybg.org
Specialty: Pteridophytes (Ferns and related groups)

 

 

 


Robbin MoranMoran, Robbin
rmoran@nybg.org
Specialty: Pteridophytes (Ferns and related groups)
Current Research Projects:
Monographic and Phylogenetic Studies of Elaphoglossum (Dryopteridaceae)
Phylogeny of Non-flowering Plants
Taxonomic Revision and Phylogenetic Study of Campyloneurum (Polypodiaceae)


Scott MoriMori, Scott
smori@nybg.org
Specialty: Systematics and ecology of Lecythidaceae and neotropical floristics.
Current Research Projects:
Assembly and Evolution of the Amazonian Biota and its Environment: An Integrated Approach
Systematics and Ecology of the Brazil Nut Family (Lecythidaceae)
Westchester Wilderness Walk, Zofnass Family Preserve


Robert NacziNaczi, Robert
rnaczi@nybg.org
Specialty: Floristics of eastern North America, Systematics and ecology of Cyperaceae, Systematics and ecology of Sarraceniaceae
Current Research Projects:
Collaborative Research: Plants, Herbivores, and Parasitoids: A Model System for the Study of Tri-Trophic Associations
Conservation Assessment of Intertidal Vascular Plants of the Hudson River Estuary
The New Manual of Vascular Plants Project by NYBG
Westchester Wilderness Walk, Zofnass Family Preserve


Matthew PacePace, Matthew
mpace@nybg.org
Specialty: New World Orchidaceae, especially Spiranthes, Platanthera, and Lepanthes; New World plant biogeography; citizen scientist inclusive orchid conservation

 

 


Charles PetersPeters, Charles
cpeters@nybg.org
Specialty: Tropical forestry and ecology
Current Research Projects:
Community-based Natural Resource Management in Sagaing Region, Myanmar

 


Gregory PlunkettPlunkett, Gregory
gplunkett@nybg.org
Specialty: Araliaceae, Apiaceae, Pittosporaceae
Current Research Projects:
Plants and People of Vanuatu
Strategy for Conserving Ash Trees in the Northeast: Collection, Analysis, and Outreach
Tackling Schefflera: Initiating the Re-circumscription of the Largest Genus in Araliaceae (ginseng family)


Denis StevensonStevenson, Dennis
dws@nybg.org
Specialty: Cycadales (Cycads)
Current Research Projects:
Collaborative Research: AVATOL – Next Generation Phenomics for the Tree of Life
CROP: Common Reference Ontologies and Applications for Plant Biology
EvoNet: A Phylogenomic and Systems Biology Approach to Identify Genes Underlying Plant Survival in Marginal, Low-Nitrogen Soils
Genomics of Comparative Seed Evolution
Phylogeography and Conservation Genetics of the Caribbean Zamia clade
1000 Plants Initiative


Barbara ThiersThiers, Barbara
bthiers@nybg.org
Specialty: Hepaticae (Liverworts)
Current Research Projects:
Assembly and evolution of the Amazonian biota and its environment: an integrated approach
Digitization of Caribbean Plants and Fungi in The New York Botanical Garden Herbarium
Documenting the Occurrence through Space and Time of Aquatic Non-indigenous Fish, Mollusks, Algae, and Plants Threatening North America’s Great Lakes
Expansion of the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium to Incorporate Newly Acquired Specimens and Improve Curation
The Macrofungi Collection Consortium: Unlocking a Biodiversity Resource for Understanding Biotic Interactions, Nutrient Cycling and Human Affairs
Partnership to the Existing New England Vascular Plant Network for Collections at the New York Botanical Garden
World Flora Online


William ThomasThomas, William
wthomas@nybg.org
Specialty: Cyperaceae (Sedge family), Simaroubaceae (Tree of Heaven family, and Picramniaceae (Bitter-bush Family) Flora and conservation of the Atlantic forest of northeastern Brazil
Current Research Projects:
Coastal Forest Plant Diversity in Northeastern Brazil
Dimensions US-BIOTA-São Paulo: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Biodiversity Prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Hotspot
Molecular-based Plant inventory of a Megadiverse Bahian Forest
Plant Diversity in the Montane Forest of Pernambuco
Systematics of Rhynchospora (Cyperaceae)
World Flora Online


Benjamin TorkeTorke, Benjamin
btorke@nybg.org
Specialty: Leguminosae (bean family); floristics and species diversity in Amazonia
Current Research Projects:
Floristic Inventory of the Tapajos National Forest and Amazonia National Park
Legume Research at The New York Botanical Garden
Phylogenetics and taxonomy of Ormosia
A Systematic Monograph of Swartzia


Ina VanderbroekVandebroek, Ina
ivandebroek@nybg.org
Specialty: Floristics and ethnobotany of useful plants and community health in the Caribbean and New York City
Current Research Projects:
Improving Health Care for Underserved Immigrant Caribbean and Latino Communities in New York City
Comparative Exploration of Plants and Local Knowledge in Portland Parish, Jamaica
Cultural Competency Training Program for Health Care Providers

Richard abbottAbbott, J. Richard

Specialty: Systematics of Polygalaceae; Flora of the Northeast
Current Research Projects:
The New Manual of Vascular Plants Project by NYBG

 

 


Kate ArmstrongArmstrong, Kathleen
karmstrong@nybg.org
Specialty: Sytematics and biogeography of Sapotaceae and Cordiaceae; SE Asian floristics
Current Research Projects:
Floristic Inventory of a Neglected Biodiversity Hotspot: Myanmar’s Northern Forest Complex
Plant Conservation and Forest Resource Management in Myanmar


Daniel AthaAtha, Daniel
datha@nybg.org
Specialty: flora of Belize; flora of the Caucasus; flora of North America; Acalypha subgenus Linostachys; Polygonaceae, esp. Persicaria.
Current Research Projects:
Flora of Central Park
Incised Fumewort in Westchester County: Early Detection and Rapid Response
New York City EcoFlora
Strategy for Conserving Ash Trees in the Northeast: Collection, Analysis, and Outreach


Richard HarrisHarris, Richard
rharris@nybg.org
Specialty: Lichens

 

 

 


Jimenez-Mejias, Pedro
pjimenez-mejias@nybg.org
Specialty: Systematics of Carex; Flora of the Northeast
Current Research Projects:
The New Manual of Vascular Plants Project by NYBG

 

 


Jacquelyn KallunkiKallunki, Jacquelyn
jkallunki@nybg.org
Specialty: Rutaceae (Orange family)

 

 

 


Law, Wayne
wlaw@nybg.org
Specialty: Ethnobotany; Ecology

 

 

 

 


Mitchell, John
jmitchell@nybg.org
Specialty: Anacardiaceae

 

 

 

 


Pedraza, Paola
ppedraza@nybg.org; paola.pedraza@gmail.com
Specialty: Systematics of Ericaceae
Current Research Projects:
Flora of Las Orquídeas National Park

 

 


Reginato, Marcelo
mreginato@nybg.org
Specialty: Systematics of Melastomataceae

 

 

 


Sewell, Matthew

msewell@nybg.org

 

 

 


Sinn, Brandon
bsinn@nybg.org
Specialty: Systematics of Asarum (Aristolochiaceae)
Current Research Projects:
cROP: Common Reference Ontologies and Applications for Plant Biology

 

 


Zanoni, Thomas
tzanoni@nybg.org
Specialty: Gymnosperms

The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Allen, Jessica
jallen@nybg.org
Specialty: Lichen systematics
Current Research Projects:
Lichen Conservation Biology

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Cannon, Brandi
bcc2145@columbia.edu
Specialty: Parasitic plants, conservation, ex-situ propagation, in-situ restoration
Current Research Projects:
Disturbance ecology and its overall influence on the conservation of Schwalbea americana (Orobanchaceae)

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Davoodian, Naveed
ndavoodian@nybg.org
Specialty: Mycology, Phylogenetics, Conservation
Current Research Projects:
Systematics of Gyroporus (Boletales)

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab. Dorey, Jenna
jdorey@nybg.org
Specialty: Systematics of Carex (Cyperaceae)
Current Research Projects:
Systematics and Biogeography of the Woodland Sedges Carex section Laxiflorae (Cyperaceae)

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Duguid, Marlyse
marlyse.duguid@gmail.com
Specialty:
Disturbance ecology

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Gavrutenko, Maria
gavrucent@gmail.com
Specialty: Reproductive biology of Melastomataceae

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Gottschalk, Stephen
sgottschalk@nybg.org
Specialty: Systematics and ecology of green algae

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Hawken, Iona
iona.hawken@yale.edu
Specialty: Urbanization, Land-Use, and Landscape Transformation in Amazonia

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Hoffman, Jordan
jhoffman@nybg.org
Specialty: Lichen Systematics

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.James, Thomas
thomas.james@yale.edu
Specialty: Forest ecology

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Jones, Lance
ljones@nybg.org
Specialty: Moss systematics

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Keleman, Alder
Alder.keleman@yale.edu
Specialty: Forestry and environmental studies

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Lim, Gwynne
gsl47@cornell.edu
Specialty: Plant Systematics

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Martin, Meredith
meredith.martin@yale.edu
Specialty: Forest management and succession

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Morcol, Taylan
tmorcol@nybg.org
Specialty: Ethnobotany

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Rodrigues, Carlos
crodrigues@nybg.org
Specialty: Systematics of Araliaceae

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Schmiege, Stephanie
sschmiege@gmail.com
Specialty: Physiology of drought stress in tropical trees

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Sleith, Robin
rsleith@nybg.org
Specialty: Systematics, ecology, and evolution of freshwater green algae
Current Research Projects:
Starry Stonewort: Assessing the Threat of an Invasive Freshwater Macroalga in the Northeast

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Truong, Lan
truong.lan@gmail.com
Specialty: Ethnobotany

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Young, Katherine
katherine.young@yale.edu
Specialty: Agroforestry and ethnobotany

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Zeng, Lily
lily.zeng@yale.edu
Specialty: Biodiversity conservation, sacred landscapes, ethnic minorities

 

 

 


The exterior of the Pfizer Lab.Zumajo, Cecilia
czumajo@nybg.org
Specialty: Evolutionary developmental biology; Plant Genomics