Plant Biologists Final Agenda March 18, 2017

Plant Biologists of South Florida meets 9:30 am, Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 South Red Road (SW 57th Ave.), Pinecrest, FL 33156 (305)669-6990. There should be plenty of close parking for those who arrive before the meeting begins; the lot fills up for birthday parties and other weekend celebrations, but the shady lot is quite large.

Everyone attending must pay $5 admission to the gardens. Pinecrest Gardens is letting us use the meeting space free, but ask that we all pay this small amount to gain admission to the grounds and everything the garden offers. Bring your own lunch and plan to picnic in the garden grounds or meeting room; there are also food items for purchase in the garden (cheeseburgers, etc.).

The schedule below should include everyone who offered to present. Presenters, please bring your presentation on a flash drive, as wireless will be unavailable. If you are bringing a poster, bring your own easel.

Schedule – Plant Biologists of South Florida 18 March 2017

9:30 am – coffee and breakfast items
9:55 am – welcome – Harvey Bernstein, Horticulturist, Pinecrest Gardens
10:00 am – Scott Zona and Brittany Harris (Florida International University and International Center for Tropical Botany) – Heterocarpy in Salvia roemeriana (Lamiaceae)
10:15 am – Junbin Zhao (FIU and ICTB) – Photosynthetic activity of C3 and C4 graminoids in response to inundation in a short-hydroperiod wetland
10:30 am – Dexter Sowell (Florida Forest Service) – The discovery of a new population of Eltroplectris calcarata (spurred neottia) in Collier County
10:45 am – Sara Edelman and Jennifer H. Richards (FIU, ICTB) – Juvenile growth of a Florida palm, Acoelorrhaphe wrightii, under different water and light treatments: a mesocosm study.
11:00 am – Brad Bennett (FIU, FTBG) – How tropical is the Flora of southern Florida?
11:15 am – Brittany Harris (FIU, ICTB) – Pesticides and pollination of imperiled plants of the Lower Florida Keys
11:30 am – Jaeson Clayborn (FIU, ICTB) – Butterfly gardening at Miami urban schools: Plugging students into nature through habitat rehabilitation on school grounds
11:45 am – Sandy Koi, Craig van der Heiden, and Hong Liu (Institute for Regional Conservation) – Endangered, threatened and rare native plant diversity in a Homestead pine rockland fragment
12:00 pm – garden introduction/tour and lunch
1:00 pm – Mike Kirby (Manager, Subtropical Native Trees, LLC) – Native subtropical tree propagation
1:15 pm – Jeff Wasielewski (commercial tropical fruit extension agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County) – Laurel Wilt and its effect on the avocado groves of South Florida
1:30 pm – Brett Jestrow (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) – Mainland and island populations of Coccothrinax argentata (Arecaceae): Revisiting the common garden experiment in its 25th year.
1:45 pm – Suzanne Koptur, Ian Jones, and Cecilia Diaz-Castelazo (FIU, ICTB, Instituto Ecologia A.C.) – Ants and plants with extrafloral nectaries in urban and natural landscapes of south Florida
2:00 pm – Phil Busey – (Agronomy Consulting) – philosophy and method of plant identification.
2:15 pm – brief conversation about next year’s venue
2:30 pm – more garden exploration if desired


Jeremy L. May (FIU), Thomas Parker (Marine Biological Laboratory), Steven Unger (FIU), Claudia Garcia-Estiu (FIU), and Steven F. Oberbauer (FIU) – Moisture content effects on Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and photosynthesis rates in four Arctic moss communities

Steven F. Oberbauer (FIU), Jeremy L. May (FIU), Robert Hollister (Grand Valley State University), Craig Tweedie (University of Texas El Paso), Jeff Welker (University of Alaska Anchorage), Nate Healey (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and William Gould (US Forest Service) – Interannual and seasonal variation in plant phenology across the AON-ITEX climate gradient in Alaska using the Mobile Instrumented Sensor Platform (MISP)

Andrea Salas (FIU) – Effects of host-plant density on herbivores and their parasitoids: A field experiment with a native perennial legume

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