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Nearly 200 scientists gathered at this meeting to share their knowledge of the tremendous biodiversity found in the montane regions of the neotropics. In its effort to create a biological inventory of the montane neotropical forests, it points to both the invaluable diversity of these areas as well as and the immediate need for their protection and conservation.
James Leonard Luteyn (1948- ) gained his PhD from Duke University in 1975, since which time he has devoted himself to searching the wet Andean cloud forest for wild relatives of the favourite American fruits, the blueberry and cranberry (Vaccinieae tribe), studying their morphology, phylogeny and taxonomic diversity. As well as herbarium specimens he takes living material for cultivation. He also collects other ericaceous plants in the mountains of Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. In addition to his long-term monographic studies in the family Ericaceae, he also studies the general floristics of Andean cloud forests and p ramos, the high-elevation, grass-shrub ecosystem ranging from Costa Rica to northern Peru that is located above the timberline and below perpetual snow. In a career spanning more than 30 years at NYBG, he has published more than 100 works and edited and authored eight books. These include one on Rhododendron classification (1978), a checklist of plant diversity in the p ramos (1999) and Biodiversity and Conservation of Neotropical Montane Forests (co-editor, 1995). Luteyn has prepared monographs of selected ericaceous genera for Flora Neotropica and worked on regional floristic inventories of the family for all the Central American countries, Ecuador and the Guyana Highlands of Venezuela. NYBG hosts a website on neotropical blueberries produced by Luteyn and Paola Pedraza-Pe¤alosa. Luteyn is an adjunct associate professor at Lehman College, City University New York and has been an associate editor of Brittonia, Taxon and editor of Flora Neotropica. James L. Luteyn's Author Page
Enrique Forero Gonzalez ( Bogot , 1942 ) is a botanical Taxonomist specializing in the families of Fabaceae and Connaraceae. Dr. Forero became a full professor in 1986, at the Institute of Natural Sciences of the National University of Colombia. In 1965, he obtained a degree in Biology-Botany by the National University of Colombia , and in 1996, received his PhD from the City University of New York, and worked at the New York Botanical Garden. Enrique Forero G.'s Author Page
Steven P. Churchill was born in Lincoln Nebraska 20 Aug 1948. He served in the United States Marine Corps (1967- 1970). University degrees include a B.S. in botany at University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1978), an M.A. in botany at University of Kansas, Lawrence (1983) and Ph.D. at the New York Botanical Garden through the City University of New York (1988). After spending 1988-1989 as a visiting scientist at the Botanical Institute, University of Aarhus, Denmark, he then returned to the New York Botanical Garden to work on the NSF funded project on the mosses of Colombia (1988-1995). In the summer of 1996 I took a position at the Missouri Botanical Garden, becoming in 2001 the Bolivian Program Director for the Missouri Botanical Garden. His primary interest over the last 30 years has been on the bryophytes of the tropical Andes. He has conducted fieldwork in Bolivia and Colombia, less so in Ecuador and NW Argentina. There are more than 50 publications authored or coauthored related to this region mostly pertaining to bryophytes. Notable publications include: Prodromus Bryologiae Novo-Granatensis. Introduccion a la Flora de Musgos de Colombia with Linares (1995), A Guide to the Bryophytes of Tropical America with Gradstein and Salazar-Allen (2001), Cat logo de las Briof¡tas de Bolivia: Diversidad, Distribuci¢n y Ecolog¡a with Sanjines and Aldana (2009), Glosario Ilustrado para Musgos Neotropicales with Calzadilla (2014). Two web sites in TROPICOS are maintained containing descriptions and notes, images, maps, data based collections for both the tropical Andes (http://www.tropicos.org/Project/ANBRY) and Bolivia (http://www.tropicos.org/Project/BMP). Steven P Churchill's Author Page
Henrik Balslev (b. January 4, 1951) is a Danish botanist. He has served in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Aarhus. He completed his secondary education at "Hjorring Gymnasium", 1970; He earned his M.Sc. in Biology at the University of Aarhus in 1978; and his Ph.D. in Botany at the City University of New York in 1982. He made several expeditions East Africa from 1974 to 1975; Andes in Ecuador in 1980. 1976, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990. Brunei, Borneo in 1991, Ecuador in 2001, Peru in 2002 and 2003. Henrik Balslev's Author Page