The Flora of Siempre Verde, part 2: Woody Trees and Epiphytes
Posted 05/04/2016 11:40AM
Thanks to funding from the Lovett Sustainability Fund and another generous donation from Steve and Karen Merz family, we had our first completed thesis project at Siempre Verde. This year, Rosa Jimenez, a student from the Catolica University in Quito, established 30 plots along two altitudinal transects, in order to analyze forest structure, woody species diversity at Siempre Verde. As part of her work, she tagged 1,107 individual trees representing 134 species. Each of these species is now catalogued in the herbarium at the Catolica University and also sample for future DNA barcoding. Besides the value of the initial data analysis from these plots, this tremendous work will pay dividends for years to come because these plots and their tagged trees will allow Lovett students to collect long term data on tree growth and forest dynamics in the future.