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Ferns of Colombia: Stories from the field

“Ferns of Colombia: Stories from the field”

A Research Seminar by Dr. Alejandra Vasco

Colombia harbors the highest fern diversity of any country in the Americas, with nearly 1450 documented native species, representing roughly 15% of the fern global diversity. At the same time, Colombia remains poorly explored from a biological diversity perspective, due in large part to the country’s fifty-year armed conflict, which severely limited field-based research in many regions. The ongoing peace process in Colombia has presented an opportunity for renewed research. Dr. Vasco will share some of the ferns and stories from her team’s first expedition to Colombia, which was conducted as part of a Ferns of Colombia research project funded by the National Science Foundation (Award ID 2045319). This 1-hr seminar will include a short Q&A session after the lecture.

Dr. Alejandra Vasco (above, far left) studies the biology of ferns. Her main research interests are the taxonomy and systematics of the fern genus Elaphoglossum and the development and evolution of leaves in ferns. Alejandra obtained her BSc from the University of Antioquia, in her native Colombia, and her PhD as part of the joint program between the City University of New York and the New York Botanical Garden. Currently, she is a researcher at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in the USA.

This event is an in-person seminar. If a streaming option becomes available, a link will appear on this page the day before the event.

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Sep 20 2022


in person
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The event is finished.


Brooke Byerley Best


Brooke Byerley Best