A team of dedicated individuals provide the scientific and curatorial expertise essential in maintaining the Gardens as a first class botanical institution.

Adjunct Staff - To broaden and strengthen the publication base and research efforts of the Gardens, a number of scientists are appointed as Senior Scientists, Research Associates, and Editorial Board members for a limited period of time. They serve by reviewing articles and research proposals, providing scientific expertise, offering occasional seminars at the Gardens, and collaborating with the Gardens' staff on research projects.

Interns - The Garden's intern program provides critical, real-world experiences for pre and post-doc students and professionals world wide.

Volunteers - More than 30 volunteers play a key role in assisting with the Centers functions, particularly in the areas of specimen preparation and documentation.

Last Name First Namesort icon Title Function Extension Department
Antonio, Ph.D. Toscano de Brito Research Botanist Orchid Systematics, Global Plants Initiative 310 Research
Birch Laurie Plant Records Keeper & Conservation Project Assistant Records & Conservation Project Assistant 313 Research
Holst Bruce Director of Botany Collections, Herbarium, Research Administration 312 Research


Adjunct Researchers of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are divided into four categories: Editorial Board, Senior Scientists, Research Associates, and Research Interns. Nominated by a member of the scientific staff at the Gardens, a candidate must receive strong support from the Center for Tropical Plant Science and Conservation. A candidate's name is then submitted to the Executive Director for final approval.

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is comprised of respected scientists who embody the diversity of Selby's mission and who help review articles submitted to Selbyana and provide guidance on editorial matters. Board members must be able to evaluate and return manuscripts with constructive comments in a timely fashion.  To ensure that the Board continually suits the needs of the journal, the editor of Selbyanaexamines its membership regularly, along with the Executive Director and the scientific staff.  Tenure on the board is usually three years, renewable by invitation by the Gardens or by approved request from the member. 

  • John R. Clark, Assistant Editor, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
  • David Benzing, Associate Editor, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
  • Gregory Brown, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
  • Calaway Dodson, Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Robert Dressler, Missouri Botanical Garden, Lankester Botanical Garden
  • Robin Foster, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois
  • Peter Hietz, Institute for Botany, Wien, Austria
  • Bruce K. Holst, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
  • Helen Kennedy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Harry Luther, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
  • Larry Skog, US National Herbarium, Smithsonian Institution,
  • Walter Till, Botanical Institute, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Guadalupe Williams-Linera, Institute of Ecology, Xalapa, Mexico
  • Richard P. Wunderlin, University of South Florida, Florida

Senior Scientists

Senior scientists are professionals that have long-established careers in botany and have demonstrated a commitment to Selby Gardens mission. Such scientists are recruited from the pool of Research Associates or from scientists-at-large whose interactions have benefitted Selby. There is no expiration for their adjunct appointments so long as they uphold the mission of the Gardens. Senior Scientists help to expand the Gardens publication base and research scope.

  • Calaway H. Dodson, Emeritus Curator, Missouri Botanical Garden, residing in Sarasota, Florida
  • Robert Dressler, Missouri Botanical Garden, residing in Costa Rica
  • Robin Foster, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois

Research Associates

Research Associates expand Selby's publication base and research effort.  They are respected scientists who are currently collaborating with Selby on a common research interest.

  • J. Richard Abbott, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Fredy Archila, Independent, Cobán, Guatemala
  • Julio Betancur, Universidad de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia
  • Gregory K. Brown, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
  • Robert J. Ferry, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Edinburg, Texas
  • Charles Porter, Centers for Disease Control, Chamblee, Georgia
  • Franco Pupulin, Jardín Botánico Lankester, Universidad de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica
  • Larry Skog, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Delsy Trujillo, Independent, Lima, Peru

Volunteers. More than 30 volunteers play a key role in assisting with the Centers functions, particularly in the areas of specimen preparation and documentation.

We wish to acknowledge the tremendous help given to us by our many individual supporters. Their hard work, financial contributions, and devotion to our mission is remarkable, and our collections, projects, and publications are better as a result.  Thank you friends, we couldn’t do it without you!

Thank you to the following foundations and agencies for their financial support:

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • National Science Foundation
  • Florida Native Plant Society
  • The Bromeliad Society International
  • The Gesneriad Society