Our projects allow students, scientists and other community members to get involved with our work.

  • Grove ReLeaf

    Grove ReLeaf: Help our scientists inventory and monitor tree canopy cover in Coconut Grove, Miami

  • Tropical Botany In-Residence Course

    In collaboration with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center, we are offering an intensive, in-residence course/workshop in the biology and systematics of tropical plants.

    The objective of the course is to provide advanced students and/or professionals with a detailed coverage of the systematics, phylogeny, morphological diversity, economic botany and conservation of tropical seed plants. Our locations represent the largest living collections of tropical plants in the United States.

    The course also includes fieldtrips 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, introduces students to the diversity of tropical vegetation.


    Schedule: May 8-June 4, 2022

    Lectures, labs and field trips will take place between 8am-5pm. Weekend fieldtrips are optional.

    Fees: $1,500. Includes class and fieldtrip transportation, materials and textbook.

    Accommodations: Facilities in residence at The Kampong include dorm-style rooms with bunk beds, shared kitchenette, laundry facility and Wi-Fi access. Accommodationfees are $30/night (about $900 for the entire course) and are separate from the course fees.


    FIU graduate students: BSC 6936

    FIU undergraduate students: BSC 4934

    UF students: BOT5685C

    Application Deadline:

    March 18

    Applications should include:

    • A letter stating reasons for taking the course
    • CV
    • One letter of recommendation (sent separately)

    All application materials are to be sent to tropics@fiu.edu.


    Supporting Instructors


    There are limited scholarships available and priority will be given to international students with demonstrated need. To apply, please include with your application packet:

    • A one-page statement on how you hope to contribute to tropical plant biology and conservation inyour region of study or residence.
    • A total budget for your participation in the course.
    • A request for full or partial support.