Marie Selby Botanical Garden Logo

Press Room
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Selby Gardens Botanist Dr. John L. Clark Named Smithsonian Research Associate

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) has reappointed Dr. John L. Clark as a Research Associate for three more years. Clark has been affiliated with the Smithsonian since 2005.

The renewal of Clark’s appointment recognizes Selby Gardens’ scientific contributions and expands research opportunities.

As a Research Associate, Clark enjoys personal access to NMNH’s vast plant collections, which hold 5 million specimens.

The position also facilitates Clark’s collaborative research worldwide, including projects with Dr. Larry Skog, research botanist emeritus at the Smithsonian.

Clark has been collaborating with Selby Gardens on research since 2009, and and he joined the botany staff full-time in January 2023. He specializes in Gesneriaceae, an important plant family in Selby Gardens’ research and living plant collection.

Click here for the full press release.