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An Expedition to the Uttermost Part of the Earth: The Flora and Vegetation of Isla de los Estados, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. An online program with Michigan Botanical Club, Huron Valley Chapter
November 15, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tierra del Fuego is surely the jumping-off place in this World—the land where Captain Robert FitzRoy, commander of the Beagle (with 22 yr. old Charles Darwin aboard) maneuvered the treacherous waters of the South Atlantic near Cape Horn to return a young Fuegian native (Jemmy Button) to his native Yaghan tribe in December 1852. This land became the subject of a botanical expedition—to participate in a biological inventory of Isla de los Estados, an islanding forming the southernmost tip of South America. Join Garrett Crow for a discussion and reminiscence about this fascinating expedition to the “uttermost part of the Earth.”
After earning a BA from Taylor University in 1965, Garrett completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in botany at Michigan State University. He spent his entire career teaching botany 33 years at the University of New Hampshire, Director of the Herbarium, and last 6 years as Department Chair. His main interests are biodiversity and phytogeography in the broad sense and is a specialist on aquatic plants of both temperate and tropics regions. He co-authored (with C. Barre Hellquist) a 2-volume reference manual, Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Northeastern North America (which is now being revised). He has worked in Costa Rica since 1984 on tropical aquatic plants and during a Fulbright Fellowship 1999–2000 at Universidad Nacional and Instituto Nacional Biodiversidad (INBio) taught a course, “Plantas acuáticus tropicales,” and completed a bilingual field guide (with keys, descriptions and color plates) Plantas acuáticas del Parque Nacional Palo Verde y el valle del río Tempisque, Costa Rica (Crow 2002). Additionally he has contributed the taxonomic treatments of numerous aquatic families for the Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica. His field research has allowed him to travel widely both in temperate and neotropical regions—particularly Costa Rica and Bolivia focusing on diversity of aquatic plants.
Having returned to Michigan upon retirement, he stays active botanically as Adjunct Research Botanist at MSU Herbarium and has written up the bladderworts (Utricularia) and butterworts (Pinguicula) for Flora North America North of Mexico(http://floranorthamerica.org/files/Lentibulariaceae%20provisional%20gal.pdf). And as Visiting Scholar in Biology, Calvin University, he is partnering with Dave Warners on a fascinating historical project: A Field-based Retrospective Assessment of Emma J. Cole’s Grand Rapids Flora After 100+ Years of “Progress,” rediscovering Emma Cole’s collecting sites and comparing the flora of her day with that of the Greater Grand Rapids Area today. Garrett is past president of the Michigan Botanical Club, having served 2016–2021.
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