Archive for the ‘Classes and Workshops’ category

The 2012 NYFA Field Trip and Workshop Schedule is Now Available

March 28, 2012

A great lineup is in store for this summer. The fun starts May 19 with a field trip to the woods and wetlands of the Taconic Hills of Washington County. Workshops feature  sedges, lichens, rushes, marine algae, aquatic plants and goldenrods. The workshops are sure to fill up fast so register early.  For details see the field trip and workshop tab on the NYFA website.

Happy students at the goldenrod and aster workshop at the Niagara Gorge last year.

Invasive Species Mapping Training to Take Place on Long Island

March 26, 2012

LIISMA – Long Island Invasive Species Management Area – iMap Invasives Spring Training

Where: Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District 423 Griffing Ave. Riverhead, NY 11901

Date: April 12, 2012 Time: 12-2:00 PM

Who: Anyone interested in mapping invasive species locations and management efforts.

Optional field trip: 10:30-11:30 AM at Cranberry Bog County Park

If you are interested in taking this training CLICK HERE to fill out and submit a form.

Learn about mapping invasive species, like Phragmites, in the field.

Ethnobotany Talk by Dr. Michael Balick, NYBG

March 12, 2012

If you have 90 minutes, take the time to watch this fascinating talk on botanical medicine and indigenous cultures that was presented on Long Island May 6, 2010 by Dr. Michael Balick of the Institute of Economic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden.

Smithsonian April Symposium – Transforming Biology Using Evolutionary Trees

March 8, 2012

From Dr. Warren Wagner – We are pleased to announce the line-up of speakers for the 2012 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium “Transforming 21st Century Comparative Biology using Evolutionary Trees,” which will be held at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, on April 20-21, 2012.

Over the last 20 years great progress has been made toward assembling a phylogeny of life on Earth and our expanding knowledge of evolutionary relationships is transforming 21st century biology. The Symposium will address the question: How do we put the knowledge of evolutionary relationships to work to better describe and understand the diversification of life on Earth? The invited speakers will cover a wide range of organisms and topics to illuminate how molecular phylogenetics can be used to understand evolutionary and ecological processes.

–    Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University, “Resolving the Tree of Life through phylogenomics and the multispecies coalescent model”
–    Charles F. Delwiche, University of Maryland, “Illuminating the origin of land plants with algal genomes”
–    James W. Horn, Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution, “Diversification and structural innovation in Euphorbia”
–    Karen Osborn, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Smithsonian Institution, “Discoveries in the deep and their usefulness for studies of invertebrate evolution”
–    David D. Ackerly, University of California, Berkeley, “Traits, communities, and history: what do we learn from phylogenies?”
–    Richard Ree, The Field Museum, “Phylogeny and the evolution of floral diversity in Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae)”
–    Michael Donoghue, Yale University, “Adventures in plant phylogeny and prospects for the future”

Abstracts, additional details, and online registration are available on the Symposium Web site: The deadline for registration is 13 April 2012.

Winter Botany Workshops Slated at Hawthorne Valley Farm in Columbia County

January 17, 2012
Saturday, February 4th 2012, 1-4pm, Hawthorne Valley Farm (Creekhouse)
Winter Botany Workshop, Part 1 (co-sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy)
Conrad and Claudia Vispo will help you learn to identify the most common woody plant species in the winter. We will start with a brief in-door preparatory session and then go outside for some practice in the field.The workshop is free, but space is limited, so please register with or (518) 672-7994.

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 1-4pm, Greenport Public Conservation Area in Hudson
Winter Botany Workshop, Part 2 (co-sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy)
Conrad and Claudia Vispo will help you learn to identify the most common woody plant species that can be observed at Greenport in the winter. The workshop is free, but space is limited, so please register with or (518) 672-7994.

University of Florida Tropical Botany Course Offered Again in 2012

January 6, 2012

I took this course back in the early 1980s and it is one of the best courses in plant taxonomy that you can find.  It’s an intensive course but it takes place in one of the most beautiful areas in the country, surrounded by tropical and subtropical vegetation. Dr. Judd does a superb job and the field trips go to some of the most interesting natural areas of southern Florida. – Steve Young

The University of Florida, Department of Botany and The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, in collaboration with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, will offer an intensive, in-residence course/workshop on the systematics of tropical plants, in Coconut Grove, Florida, from June 25 – July 13, 2012.

Instructor:  Dr. Walter S. Judd (Course Director, 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.  If academic credit is desired students may enroll in either BOT 6935 (graduate) or BOT 4935 (advanced undergraduates) and receive 2 (or more) semester credit-hours.  These courses are offered by the Department of Biology, University of Florida, and they can be taken by non-U.F. as well as by U.F. students.  Students may also arrange for academic credit from their home institutions.

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

Application: Individuals should apply by April 16th, 2012 (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 7th, 2012.

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 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  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/tuition: A course fee of $1550 is required to cover course/workshop costs.  In addition, if U.F. academic credit is desired, tuition costs are $498.09/ credit (in-state, graduate), $188.55/ credit (in state, undergraduate), $1222.81/ credit (out-of-state, graduate), or $931.12 /credit (out-of-state, undergraduate).

Dr. Walter Judd


NYFA Plans Botany Awards for 2012 Natural History Conference

October 28, 2011

The New York Flora Association is pleased to announce the Northeast Natural History Conference 2012 Botany Awards. Awards will be given in three distinct categories: best botany-related poster presentation, best student botany-related oral presentation, and best overall botany-related oral presentation. A prize of $150 will be given to the winner in each category. Presentations will be judged for significance of ideas, creativity, quality of methodology, validity of conclusions drawn from results, and clarity of presentation. For more information, please visit the New York Flora Association website at or the Northeast Natural History website at

A presentation at the 2011 conference

New York Natural History Conference Coming Next April in Syracuse

October 25, 2011

Next year’s conference, April 15-19, stands to be even better than the one in Albany last spring.  All you botanists out there should plan to participate.  See the information below. Click on it twice for a larger version.

CLICK HERE to go right to their conference website.

2011 Summer Courses in Wetland Plants and Graminoids with Jerry Jenkins

May 12, 2011

Click on the flyer below for information.

Adirondack Botany Courses Offered by Shingle Shanty Preserve

May 3, 2011

Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station, near Tupper Lake,  is accredited by the New York State Department of Education and is offering these exciting courses this summer.

Ecology of Mosses and Liverworts
Instructor: Sean Robinson
June 27th through July 1st, 2011

Adirondack Wetland Plants and Plant Communities
Instructor: Jerry Jenkins
August 11th – 15th, 2011

Fantastic Fungi of the Adirondacks
Instructor: Rick Van de Poll, Ph.D.
August 16th – 19th, 2011

For details about the courses and costs CLICK HERE.

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