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Plenary Session

Natural and Cultural History of the Colombian Caribbean Region

Opening keynote

Santiago Madriñán

Sunday July 10; after the opening ceremony

B.Sc.-Biology, Universidad de los Andes 1987; Ph.D. Systematic Botany, Harvard University 1996

Full Professor, Universidad de los Andes 1997–present; Director Jardín Botánico de Cartagena 2015–present

Corresponding Member, Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales de Colombia 2014–present.

Research Associate Royal Botanic Gardens Kew 2002; New York Botanical Garden 2007; International Tropical Biology Center, Florida International University,2015.

Fields of interest: Neotropical plant evolution, Páramos and Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests


· 5 books, including “Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin’s American Plants: Botanical Expedition to the Caribbean (1754–1759) and the Publication of the Selectarum Stirpium Americanarum Historia” Brill, Leiden 2013” and “Flora Neotropica Monograph-Rhodostemonodaphne (Lauraceae)” New York Botanical Garden 2004

· 7 book chapters

· 56 scientific papers in: floristics, anatomy, morphology, systematics and evolution of neotropical plants; evolution on the biota of the Páramos; Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest conservation; systematics of the Lauraceae; DNA barcoding; ethnobotany and economic botany; history of botany.

Microchilus madrinanii Ormerod, named after a specimen collected in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, July 13, 1989.

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