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The discovery of new species in Mexico 2020-2021

“The discovery of new species in Mexico 2020-2021”

A (Virtual) Lunchtime Lecture by Dr. Cristóbal Sánchez

In October we welcomed Dr. Cristóbal Sánchez from Jardín Etnobotánico Francisco Peláez R. (San Andrés Cholula, Puebla, Mexico). Dr. Sánchez, a regional delegate of the Botanical Society of Mexico, presented examples of the current work of botanical exploration in Mexico by the scientific community, from fieldwork to the publication of new taxa, and the importance of herbaria and botanical gardens in this process. Dr. Sánchez also addressed some changes that have occurred in the way of working with the arrival of Citizen Science Observation Platform, cybertaxonomy, and the COVID-19 pandemic. This 1-hr seminar included a short Q&A session after the lecture.

A photo of the speaker shows a thick-bearded man in a straw hat, long-sleeve purple and red plaid shirt, and blue jeans standing on a mountainside. He stares at the camera with a relaxed posture, the hat shading his eyes from the full sun on his face. He has a bag slung over his shoulder and across his chest, with his left hand grabbing the strap in front of his left hip and his right thumb hooked into his front right pants pocket. The plants behind him include ferns and light-green rosette plants with tall red flowering stalks. The background is filled with lush vegetation.
Dr. Sánchez in the field. Photo credit: Ángel Sánchez


A man wearing glasses and a mask over his nose and mouth leans over a flat, dry specimen in a sheet of newspaper. The man is wearing a tan jacket, dark shirt, and holds a scalpel or cutting device. Based on the stack of flat cardboard pieces that are stacked up under the specimen, we infer that this is a specimen that came from a plant press. In the background are other presses stacked up on shelves and framed art and degrees on the wall. The table where the man works has a green and white checkered tablecloth or surface.
Dr. Sánchez at work. Photo credit: Ángel Sánchez


This virtual seminar will be broadcast using the Zoom platform. Click here to connect to the event. The host will admit you once the event begins. Guests will be muted upon entry to the session.

Lecture includes a chat-based Q&A with the speaker. A recording of the lecture will be posted online after the event pending permission from the presenter. Check out past lectures here.


About the Research Lecture Series

The BRIT Research Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community. Read more at


Oct 05 2021


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The event is finished.


Brooke Byerley Best


Brooke Byerley Best