Plant Talk 2017-2018

An informal lunchtime seminar venue in the Biology Department

at Florida International University - Wednesday from noon to 1 pm

 in  WC 130  

[or other times and places as listed below]

We invite you to join us

for relaxed research presentations, half-baked hypotheses, travelogues, virtual visits to near and far away field sites, and who knows?  The lineup is wide ranging and ever-changing...

If you would like to give a presentation, or more information, please contact Suzanne Koptur (ph. 305-348-3103).




30 August 2017

Jenn Possley (FTBG)

Miami is a fern Hotspot!

special venue:  ECS 349 - the building just west of WC

6 September


postponed due to Hurricane Irma

13 September

postponed due to Hurricane Irma


20 September

Fisher vendor display in our space

***no plant talk today***

27 September

Dr. Suzanne Koptur (Biology)

Ant-Plant Interactions - Impacts of Humans on Terrestrial Ecosystems - Book release party!

4 October

Dr. Diego Salazar (Biology)

From spices to species

11 October

Dr. H. Dail Laughinghouse IV (Department of Agronomy, Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center, University of Florida / IFAS)

 Cyanobacteria: toxic blooms, human health, treatment, and more

18 October

Dr. Brett Jestrow (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden)

 Hurricane Irma: An update from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

25 October

Belén Fadrique (Feeley Lab, UM):

Forest dynamics in the Andes-Amazon region: distribution of native woody bamboo and its effect on ecology and physiology

1 November

Dr. Jeffry Marcus (Stantec Engineering)

A long and exciting environmental consulting career in south Florida

8 November

Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega (Biology)

The critically endangered species of the palm genus Coccothrinax: Challenges and perspectives

15 November

Dr. Oscar Valverde (ICTB)

Root morphological diversity in tropical forest: A summary from 10 common lineages from South America tropical forests

22 November

no plant talk this Thanksgiving week  

29 November

Dr. Luca Marazzi (Gaiser Lab)

 Benthic algae create submerged and floating forests

6 December

Dr. Jennifer Richards (Biology)

Mapping vegetation for REMAP IV:  Plant community distribution and cover derived from WorldView-2 satellite data

no plant talks until next year!

and not on the first Wednesdays through the semester  

17 January 2018

Jaeson Clayborn

Gardening for butterflies with Miami school kids

31 January

Dr. Chad Husby (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden)

 The unique and mysterious whisk ferns: Biology and cultivation of Psilotum

14 February

Brad Bennett

Flora of Southern Florida Visual Database

28 February

Steve Oberbauer

Plant/penguin interactions in Antarctica and islands of the southern oceans

14 March

spring break - enjoy!

***no plant talk today***

28 March

Nico Sebesta

Ferns, fire, nectaries

11 April

Cara Rockwell 

Urban agroforestry systems in Miami schools

25 April

Sparkle Malone

The Future of Subalpine Forests in the Southern Rocky Mountains: Trajectories for Pinus aristata Genetic Lineages