ICS Lecture: “Orchid Flora in the Greater Antilles”


The Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Orchid Flora in the Greater Antilles” by Dr. James D. Ackerman (Department of Biology, UPR-RP). Dr. Eugenio Santiago Valentín (Department of Biology, UPR-RP) will introduce the lecturer. The activity will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Room 238 (REB 238) of the Ramón Emeterio Betances (REB) Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP. 

Description: From Anegada in the northeastern corner of the Caribbean to the tip of western Cuba, the Greater Antilles stretch across nearly 1500 miles comprising a geologically complex group of islands that house a remarkably species-rich flora and fauna, making the region one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Nearly 600 orchid species reside on these culturally diverse islands, and to get a good sense of this diversity, their intriguing biology and the habitats in which they reside, ideally one must go where they are. Alternatively, join Jim Ackerman, Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, as he unveils the beauty and unravels the mysteries of the public and private lives of the “Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles.”

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at: iec.ics@upr.edu

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[Above: Bletia patula, native to Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico. (Photo by Diego Nazario) from https://www.nybg.org/blogs/science-talk/2014/04/ackermans-orchids-a-life-of-growing-and-studying-stars-of-the-plant-world/]


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