Plant Talk Series

The FIU Institute of Environment and Department of Biological Sciences present the 2021 Spring Semester Plant Talk Series.

We invite you to join us for informal discussions on research presentations, travelogues, virtual field visits and more! This series will explore the research happening in the world of plants and encourages conversation amongst colleagues and scientists about the work being done.

For more information or to inquire about giving a presentation of your own, please contact Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega.


Plant Talk 6: Tropical Leguminous Cover Crops as a Fertilization Strategy for Averrhoa carambola
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 @ 12PM EST - 1PM EST
Speaker: Ariel Freidenreich (PhD Candidate, FIU Department of Earth and Environment)
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Plant Talk 5: Seeing Green: Expanding Botanical Experiences Across Undergraduate STEM Courses
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 12PM EST - 1PM EST
Speakers: Melissa McCartney & Jessica Colon (FIU Department of Biological Sciences & STEM Transformation Institute)
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Plant Talk 4: Conservation of South Florida Orchid Mycorrhizal Fungi
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 12PM EST - 1PM EST
Speaker: Ellen Garcia (Agroecology Graduate Program, FIU Department of Earth and Environment)
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Plant Talk 3: David Fairchild, the USDA, and the Building of a Caribbean Botanic Garden Network: Insights from the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden, Cuba
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 12PM EST - 1PM EST
Speakers: Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU Institute of Environment & FIU Department of Biological Sciences) & Rosalina Montes Espín (Jardin Botanico de Cienfuegos)
Jointly arranged with the Cuban Research Institute and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

Plant Talk 2: Partnering to Safeguard South Florida’s Most Vulnerable Plant Species Through Strategic In-situ and Ex-situ Conservation Measures
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 12PM EST - 1PM EST
Speaker: Lydia Cuni (Field Biologist, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's Conservation Team)
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Plant Talk 1: The FIU Arboretum: A Glimpse into FIU’s Future Flora
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 12PM EST - 1PM EST
Speaker: Amelia Leon (FIU Office of University Sustainability; BS, FIU Department of Biological Sciences)
View Plant Talk 1 recording