The New York Botanical Garden holds the world's largest collection of plant specimens from the Caribbean region, approximately 350,000, or one specimen for every 1.25 square kilometer of land in the region! The Caribbean region contains many unique habitats and species, and most of these habitats are critically endangered. The data provided by this project will be essential to documenting the plant diversity of the region and will aid conservation efforts by indicating areas of diversity for protection, supplementing the distributional profile of individual species in order to document their conservation status, and tracking the spread of invasive species. The countries of the region can use these data to serve as the nucleus of new projects that will provide training and employment for regional biologists.
Many of the specimens you will be transcribing are historic, up to 150 years old! The life stories of some of these collectors are very interesting. Be on the lookout for collections made by the following important figures in the history of botanical exploration. You can learn more about these people by following the links included:
Curtiss, A. H.
Howard, Richard A.
Leon, Brother or Frere
Here is a list of the islands and countries of the Caribbean that will be very useful in your efforts to assist us.
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