International Intern returns to Selby Gardens for PhD Thesis Research

August 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SARASOTA, FLA. – August 22, 2016: An international doctoral student from Brazil will spend two months conducting research on biogeography at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Dr. Toscano de Brito, PhD, Monica Bolson, doctoral student, and Wade Collier, M.D., are excited to share their botanical expertise with you during their collaborative lecture entitled "Botanizing in Brazil."

Dr. Toscano de Brito, PhD, Monica Bolson, doctoral student, and Wade Collier, M.D., are excited to share their botanical expertise with you during their collaborative lecture entitled “Botanizing in Brazil.”

As part of the institution’s international intern program, Monica Bolson will work on her thesis project, which focuses on the the phylogeny and biogeography of the plant genus Barbosella, making use of the Gardens’ herbarium, library, and molecular laboratory. Bolson will collaborate with Selby Gardens’ internationally-recognized orchidologist, Dr. Antonio Toscano de Brito, who regularly conducts field research in Brazil. Bolson is a doctoral student at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in São Paulo.

On October 10, Bolson, alongside Dr. Toscano de Brito, PhD and volunteer Dr. Wade Collier, MD, will present a lecture entitled Botanizing in Brazil, where they will discuss their most recent field expedition into Brazil, the resulting research and collaborations between Selby Gardens and various research institutions. The future of plant conservation in Brazil will also be a focus of discussion. The lecture will be held in Selby’s Great Room by the Bay from noon to 1 pm and will be included in Garden admission, though RSVP is required online at www.selby.org.

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social at www.facebook.com/selbygardens or www.twitter.com/selbygardens.

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