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Missouri Botanical Garden Appoints New Vice President of Human Resources

After an extensive search, the Missouri Botanical Garden has named Teresa Clark Vice President, Human Resources. Clark has worked for the Garden since 2014 in the role of Senior HR Manager. She was appointed Interim Vice President earlier this year.

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Now Open: Flora Borealis

Missouri Botanical Garden’s summer exhibit, Flora Borealis officially opens tomorrow. This nighttime multimedia experience will feature cinematic projection mapping, interactive lighting with lasers, and a custom soundscape.  Interactive exhibits and stunning visuals will guide visitors through the exhibit. Nymphea, the first water lily developed at the Garden in 1931, serves as the narrator as guests journey through the Garden’s history in St. Louis, and transforms the thought of plant biodiversity from an idea to an aurora of sound and light.

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Garden Staff Member Selected as Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

Katherine (Kat) Golden from the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of her commitment to geographic education. She is the sustainability education manager at the EarthWays Center, the sustainability division of the Garden. 

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Missouri Botanical Garden Announces 2018 Whitaker Music Festival Concert Lineup

The Whitaker Music Festival returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden, offering a ten-week lineup of free Wednesday evening concerts. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the Garden grounds in summertime bloom as you listen to the grooves and rhythms of an eclectic rotation of artists from week to week. Concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings, May 23 to July 25– please note the time change this year. Free admission begins at 5 p.m. and last entry is at 8:30 p.m. This year, ASL interpreting will be offered at all shows this year through a partnership with Fusion Interpreting Services.

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A Botanical Mystery Solved by Phylogenetic Testing

Missouri Botanical Garden researchers used DNA testing to rediscover Dracaena umbraculifera, which was thought to be extinct. The methods and results were published in Oryx. The authors include Garden researchers in both St. Louis and Madagascar. 

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An Integrated Assessment of Vascular Plants Species of the Americas

Missouri Botanical Garden researcher Dr. Carmen Ulloa is the lead author of “An Integrated Assessment of Vascular Plant Species of the Americas,” published in Science. Ulloa along with 23 co-authors compiled a comprehensive, searchable checklist of 124,993 species, 6,227 genera and 355 families of vascular plants of the Americas. This represents one third of all known vascular plants worldwide.

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Scientists Analyze Effects of Climate Change on a Dominant Midwestern Plant

Scientists from the Missouri Botanical Garden, Kansas State University and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale completed a study on the effects of climate change on one of the Midwest’s most dominant and economically important grassland plants. The results have been published by the peer-reviewed journal Global Change Biology.

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Missouri Botanical Garden Announces Promotions

The Missouri Botanical Garden recently announced the promotions of Andrew Wyatt to Senior Vice President Horticulture & Living Collections and Vickie Campbell to Senior Director, Operations. 

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Garden Researcher Assists with Establishment of National Park

With help from a Garden researcher, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially established Lomami National Park, the first national park since 1970 and only the eighth in the country.  

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New Study Compiles Checklist of Known Amazonian Tree Species

Missouri Botanical Garden researcher Dr. Peter Jørgensen is among the authors of “The discovery of the Amazonian tree flora with an updated checklist of all known tree taxa,” published July 13 in Scientific Reports. The new study compiles a checklist of 11,676 known Amazonian tree species using records from a number of institutions collected between 1707 and 2015 including the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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