ICS Lecture: “Orchid Flora in the Greater Antilles”

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The Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Orchid Flora in the Greater Antilles” by Dr. James D. Ackerman (Department of Biology, UPR-RP). Dr. Eugenio Santiago Valentín (Department of Biology, UPR-RP) will introduce the lecturer. The activity will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Room 238 (REB 238) of the Ramón Emeterio Betances (REB) Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP. 

Description: From Anegada in the northeastern corner of the Caribbean to the tip of western Cuba, the Greater Antilles stretch across nearly 1500 miles comprising a geologically complex group of islands that house a remarkably species-rich flora and fauna, making the region one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Nearly 600 orchid species reside on these culturally diverse islands, and to get a good sense of this diversity, their intriguing biology…

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