Tropical Botany Course

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The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, in collaboration with Florida International University, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Montgomery Botanical Center, will offer an intensive, in-residence course/workshop on the systematics of tropical plants, in Coconut Grove, Florida, from July 1 – July 25, 2014.


Instructor:  Dr. Walter S. Judd (Department of Biology, 220 Bartram Hall, PO Box 118525, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-8525; e-mail: ; phone: 352-273-1983; fax: 352-392-3704).


The Course: Tropical Botany is an intensive course of study in the biology and systematics of tropical plants.  Subject matter will be largely based on the extensive holdings of tropical vascular plants at Fairchild Tropical Garden, The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and the Montgomery Botanical Center   These gardens have the largest living collections of tropical plants in the United States.  Additionally, field trips will be made to the Florida Everglades, the Florida Keys, and adjacent natural areas.  The natural vegetation of South Florida, which includes littoral and dry land habitats, mixed tropical hardwood hammocks, pinelands, and mangrove communities, will introduce students to the diversity of tropical vegetation.  The object of the course is to provide advanced students and/or professionals with a detailed coverage of the systematics, phylogeny, diversity of structure, and economic botany of tropical vascular plants.  Questions concerning the course should be addressed to Dr. Judd.


Credit-hours:  Tropical Botany is taught as a workshop sponsored by The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, with the collaboration of Fairchild Tropical Garden and the Montgomery Botanical Center.  If academic credit is desired students may arrange for credit from their home institutions, or they may enroll in either BSC 6926 (graduate) or BSC 4934 (undergraduate) at Florida International Univ. (Dept. Biological Sciences) and receive 2-3 semester credit hours.  These courses can be taken by both non-F.I.U. as well as F.I.U. students.


Enrollment:  Limited to 12 participants, with preference given to upper-level students or professional biologists/teachers.


Application: Individuals should apply by April 18th, 2014 (to Dr. Judd, see address above).  Applications should include the following: a letter stating reasons for taking the course, a curriculum vita, and a letter of recommendation (sent separately).  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 9th, 2014.


Accommodation:  Students will be housed at The Kampong (Tyson dormitory in the Scarborough House), but, if desired, housing is also available at a hotel near the Kampong.  Facilities at The Kampong include 2 dorm-style rooms with bunk beds, shared kitchenette for self-catering, laundry facility and wifi access. Dorm fees are $25 per day payable directly to The Kampong.


Fees: A course fee of $1550 (paid to the Kampong) is required to cover course/workshop costs.

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