Capacity Building

      
CCSD’s capacity building programs take a multi-tiered approach to training for people of different educational backgrounds—from professional botanists and conservationists to university students and recent graduates to people in rural communities in tropical countries. Training is central to CCSD’s integrated approach to accomplish conservation goals and is a critical component of every initiative that CCSD conducts.

        

Training tiers

•  Field-based short- and long-term courses and internships

      •  Mentoring and support for undergraduate thesis research

 

•  Mentoring and support for the most successful undergraduates to pursue graduate

    studies

      •  Specialized training for diverse groups, including park guards, government officials,

          conservationists, and members of rural communities

      •  Environmental awareness-raising and training in conservation of biodiversity

 

•  Fellowships for professional development at MBG

    

Fellowships

     

 

CCSD takes great pride in its extremely successful training/practice fellowships at the Missouri Botanical Garden, a program that has grown significantly in scope over the years.

 

The first fellowships created, three per year, were the Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowships for Latin American Women in Science.  Later, CCSD instituted the Alwyn H. Gentry Fellowships and, in 2010, was able to expand the program with the new Shirley A. Graham Fellowships. In 2012, CCSD inaugurated the Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowship in Conservation Biology.

 

The fellowships, which are well established and prestigious, provide opportunities for individuals who have completed their undergraduate degree and have achieved a certain level of professional development to carry out meaningful work in a first-class plant science and conservation institution. The fellows also have opportunities to interact with the scientific staff at the Garden/CCSD, as well as with graduate students and other visitors, and to establish contact with faculty at local universities to explore possibilities for pursuing graduate studies. 

Fellowships for professional development at the Garden:

Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowships for Latin American Women in Science
Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowship in Conservation Biology
Alwyn H. Gentry Fellowships for Latin American Botanists (Sorry, no Gentry Fellowship this year)
Shirley A. Graham Fellowships in Systematic Botany and Biogeography
 

             

 

 

ELIZABETH E. BASCOM FELLOWSHIP IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Beatriz Maruri Aguilar – Mexico – Cadereyta Regional Botanical Garden – no project title
Estefania Pilar Fernandez Barrancos – Bolivia – Universidad de Montpellier – El trasplante de epífitas vasculares como estrategia de restauración de bosques neotropicales

BECAS ELIZABETH E. BASCOM PARA BOTÁNICAS LATINOAMERICANAS

Rebeca Herández Gutiérrez – Mexico – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico – Diversificación asociada a la evolución del androceo en Malvales
Jenny Elizabeth Menjivar de Elias – El Salvador – Museo de Historia Natural de El Salvador – Diversidad de Poaceae en El Salvador
Nora Helena Oleas Gallo – Ecuador – Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica – Diversity of Berberis (Berberidaceae) in Ecuador

BECAS ALWYN H. GENTRY PARA BOTÁNICOS(AS) LATINAMERICANOS(AS)

Manuel Alberto Lujan Anzola – Venezuela – Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden – Playing taxonomic cupid: matching incomplete species in Clusia L.
Ricardo de Oliveira Perdiz – Brazil – Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas do Amazonia – Species delimination of the Protium aracouchini (Aubl.) Marchand species complex (Burseraceae)

SHIRLEY A. GRAHAM FELLOWSHIP IN SYSTEMATIC BOTANY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY

João Afonso Martins Carmo – Brazil – Federal University of Lavras – Testing Hypothesis of Diversification in Neotropical Savannas: Combining Historical Biogeography with Niche Modeling in the Genus Psyllocarpus Mart. ex Mart. & Zucc. (Spermacoceae, Rubiaceae)
Juan Camilo Sanchez Gomez – Colombia – Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín – Taxonomía de las especies del género Persea Mill. (Lauraceae) para la flora de Colombia