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Research and training in the biodiversity of natural systems is fundamental to us. Our team works projects that integrate three key research themes: tropical plant diversity; conservation and management of threatened tropical plant species and habitats; and products and services generated by tropical plants, including foods, fibers, fuels, and medicines.

Where We Work

Our researchers target biodiversity hotspots in the Caribbean, the Andes-Amazon region, East Africa, southern China, and—in collaboration with NTBG — the Pacific islands.

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What We Do

Our teams conduct field research in remote areas to describe tropical plant diversity, study sustainable uses of tropical plants, and develop strategies for the conservation of tropical plants and their habitats.

Our research

Who We Are

Our team includes researchers from three different colleges at Florida International University and researchers from the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Making an Impact

Our researchers publish dozens of peer-reviewed manuscripts every year.