Raúl Verdecia, leading authority on Cuban palm systematics and conservation visited Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden between December 11 and 20. During this visit we discussed current joint research projects focusing on joint conservation initiatives for the highly threatened species of Coccothrinax. In addition, we planned joint molecular research on conservation genetics of species of Copernicia. These two palm genera have the vast majority of their species in the Caribbean Islands. This visit was part of a three month stay that Raúl has had in USA and that was centered in New York Botanic Garden. The main aim of his work in New York was to gather data for his PhD. During his visit to the Garden he delivered a seminar on Cuban Native Palms at our Paul and Swanee DiMare Science Village. Raúl also visited the private garden of Leon Abess, the Montgomery Botanical Center, and the Everglades National Park. Image below: Raúl Verdecia in Everglades National Park, Mahogany Hammock.