Science Village Community

The Science Village provides a place for professional botanists to perform their research and to interact with the large community of members, volunteers, general public, and staff that composes Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This team of scientists includes Fairchild researchers, Florida International University faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and laboratory volunteers.


Administrative Staff

Rose Ricks:
   Science Village Assistant
   Phone: 305-667-1651 x 3520



Carl E. Lewis, PhD:
   Director of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
   Phone: 305-667-1651 x 3333
   Systematics, molecular phylogenetics, micropropagation, orchids, palms

Brett Jestrow, PhD:
  Herbarium Curator
  Phone: 305-667-1651 x 3427
  Systematics, molecular phylogenetics, micromorphology and anatomy, plant exploration, Caribbean plants

Jason Downing, PhD:
  Orchid Biologist
  Phone: 305-667-1651 x 3354
  Plant micropropagation, conservation ecology, molecular systematics, mycorrhiza, genetic diversity
Jennifer Possley, MS:
  Field Biologist
  Phone: 305-667-1651 x 3514
  Natural areas management, ferns, restoration ecology, GIS, invasive species, threatened species

Jimmy Lange, BS:
   Field Biologist

   Phone: 305-667-1651 x 3515
   Conservation ecology, restoration ecology, field botany, GIS mapping of rare plants and habitats

Lydia Cuni, MS
  Field Biologist
  Phone: 305-667-1651 x 3505

Kenneth J. Feeley, PhD:
   Ecology and biogeography of tropical forests, effect of climatic change in tropical forest structure, empirical modeling techniques

Hong Liu, PhD:
  Associate Professor at Florida International University, Department of Earth and the Environment
  Phone: 305-667-1651 x 3517
  Orchid conservation, population biology, plant-animal interactions, reproductive biology, invasive species, China plants, restoration ecology

Javier Francisco-Ortega, PhD:
Professor at Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences
  Phone: 305-667-1651 x 3512
  Systematics, molecular phylogenetics, cycads, palms, botanical history, threatened species, island plants