Celebrating the legacy of Domingo Bello y Espinosa: Pioneer of floristic studies of Puerto Rico

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Through July 12-14, 2017 the Ayuntamiento de La Laguna, the Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava (JAO) and the Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (MMBA), Canary Islands, Spain housed two seminar series and one guided visit to JAO to celebrate the 200 birthday of Domingo Bello y Espinosa (1817-1884). Domingo Bello was a lawyer and naturalist from the Canary Islands who published the first floristic studies of Puerto Rico between 1881 and 1883. This initiative was funded by the Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias (ICIA), Canary Islands and Para la Naturaleza, Puerto Rico. Eugenio Santiago-Valentín (Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras), Alfredo Reyes (JAO), Lázaro Sánchez-Pinto (Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Arnoldo Santos-Guerra (retired researcher from ICIA), and Gilberto González (MMBA) delivered talks during the events. A new educational sign explaining the life and achievements of Bello y Espinosa was displayed during the visit to JAO. Our scientist and FIU faculty Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered two talks and participated actively in the organization of these activities. These two talks will be submitted for publication to the local environmental education journal Rincones del Atlántico.

Photos below.- Top: Participants of event at the Casa de los Capitanes Generales, Ayuntamiento de La Laguna - Arnoldo Santos'Guerra, J. Francisco-Ortega, E. Santiago-Valentín, A. Reyes, Manue Jesus Hernández and L. Sánchez-Pinto (L-R). Bottom: E. Santiago-Valentin, faculty at Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and A. Reyes, Director of JAO standing near the sign that provides details pertinent to Bello´s achievements.