Fellowships at CCSD


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 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 offered for application in 2018:

Shirley A. Graham Fellowships in Systematic Botany and Biogeography


2018 Fellows


Cássia Cristiane da Conceição Bitencourt, Brazil, Bahia
Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana
“Systematics and biogeography of Asclepiadoideae (Apocynaceae) with focus on Metastelmatinae core group: implications for the phyloconservation of rupestrian grasslands and savannas”

Juan Fernando Carrión Rodríguez, Brazil, Bahia
Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana
“Phylogeny and biogeography of Bernardia (Euphorbiaceae), with a synopsis of the South American species”

José Luis Solís Benavides, Chile, Isla Teja
Universidad Austral de Chile, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
“Genetic analysis to identify accessions in the Potato Genebank of the UACh to facilitate their effective use and management”


Marco Vinicio Cedeño Fonseca, Costa Rica, San Jose
Universidad de Costa Rica
“Sinopsis del género Monstera (Araceae) para Costa Rica”



Fellows, Undergraduates and Interns, and Post-Graduates mentored by CCSD staff in 2017

Argentina: Alicia Lopez

Brazil: Paola de Lima Ferreira, Raimundo Luciano Soares Neto, Frederico Domene (fellows), Colombia: Camilo Sanín (post-graduate fellow), David Andrés Quinche, Álvaro Mariño, Erika Daniela Camacho (Undergraduates & Interns)

Costa Rica: Gregorio Dauphin, Marco Cedeño (fellows)

Mexico: Jaime Alejandro Torres Montufar (fellow)

USA: Joseph Smith, Victoria Beishir, Elena Meyer, Isaac Wilson, Claire Waldman, Maria Balderas, Madalyn Stoecker, Renata Diaz (REU students)