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The Living Lineage of Flowering Plants

New Caledonia Fieldwork

Amborella trichopoda (Amborellaceae) is the earliest known living lineage of flowering plants. Any student who has taken a class with me over the last 10 years has learned about this amazing plant. In its endemic country of New Caledonia, on Mt. Aoupinie, I finally got to see this amazing and very strange flowering tree. The two earliest known

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Parc de la Rivière Bleue

New Caledonia Fieldwork

Parc de la Rivière Bleue (Blue River Park) is perhaps most well-known national park in New Caledonia. It is in the heart of the southern end of the south province and is famous for its most showy vertebrate residents, the kagus (Rhynochetos jubatus). We were fortunate to visit the park with Daniel and Irène Letocart from the Endemia

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Blight-resistant Chestnut Trees Come to BBG

American Chestnut

Today The New York Times and the Daily News both ran stories about new blight-resistant chestnuts coming to BBG. Bart Chezar, a long-time BBG member and Prospect Park volunteer received the hybrid seeds from the American Chestnut Foundation with the hope that once planted in the Garden and Park they might inoculate the purebred trees already

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Adventures in Fieldwork

Bourail forest canopy

We collected at the end of a harrowing road today – I’m not sure that our car rental agency knew what they were getting into with us! The habitat on the road to the Montagne des Sources Preserve was a mix of high maquis and rain forest on ultramafic soils. I still have not quite gotten used to seeing so many different gymnosperms in

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Forest Plots in Parc des Grandes Fougère

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We had an excellent field day in Parc des Grandes Fougères with a team of botanists from IRD. The park was established in 2008 adjacent to (and accessed via) Réserve Spéciale de Faune du Col d’Amieu and its name means park of large ferns. We worked mostly in previously surveyed plots established within the park’s forests

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First Day of Fieldwork in New Caledonia!

Bay of Gadji

For our first day of fieldwork we joined Barbara Turner, a Ph.D. student from the University of Vienna studying the ebony and persimmon genus, Diospyros (Ebenaceae), and Céline Chambrey, a botanist from IRD, on an already planed excursion. We made two stops, Gadji and Yahoué, both of which are within 15 minutes of Nouméa. Gadji

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Visit to the Noumea Zoological and Botanical Garden

Araucariaceae

After exploring the local market, we decided to visit the zoological and botanical garden in Noumea. We were very pleasantly surprised to find an excellent zoo with large, well-kept and rather open enclosures for the animals. The zoo has an affiliation with the World Wildlife Fund and has excellent interpretation throughout. I was, of course, very

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First Days on the Island

Fruit plate from market

 After 13 hours over water, we finally saw the islands of New Caledonia as we approached the airport. We spent the first few days getting our bearings, doing a little in-town botanizing and birding, sorting out a rental car issue (the four wheel drive SUV we got at the airport was the size of a large toaster and had less luggage space than my

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BBG Scientist in New Caledonia

New Caledonia Satellite Google Earth

For those of you unfamiliar with my research and my global botanical escapades, I offer this brief introduction. My name is Susan Pell and I am the director of Science at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The primary foci of research conducted in our department are the evolutionary relationships of plants, their nomenclatural classification, and where they

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