Lecture

The John C. Gifford Arboretum is happy to annouce Dr. Pedro Jordano as our speaker for the 31st Gifford Lecture that will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7PM location TBD.

Dr. Jordano is a Professor of Research at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), and Chair of the Environmental Sciences and Technologies Program, National Research Agency in Spain. He also holds an honorary Professor at the University of Seville, Spain. Dr. Jordano is one of the most acclaimed researchers on plant-animal interactions, with more than 190 papers and 4 books, and received  the British Ecological Society’s the Marsh Award for the best book in Ecology (Mutualistic networks, Princeton Univ. Press) in 2016. Join us for Dr. Jordano’s  lecture, “Biodiversity conservation challenges in the Anthropocene: preserving the Web of Life”.

(Flyer coming soon)

Free admission

The Gifford Arboretum is located on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus near the intersection of San Amaro Drive and Robbia Avenue. 

Cosponsors: Montgomery Botanical Center

Former Gifford Arboretum Lecturers

  • 1984 - 2000

    1984

    Richard Howard

    Professor emeritus and former Director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    1985

    Mark Plotkin

    Ethnobotanist, Time magazine’s 1999 Hero of the Planet

    1986

    Bill Theobauld

    Director of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens

    1992

    Richard Howard

    Director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    1993

    Taylor Alexander

    Professor of Biology and Creator of Microbiome, University of Miami

    1994

    Walter Hodges

    USDA plant explorer and oversaw NSF awards for Tropical Botany

    1995

    Christine Padoch

    Professor of Ecological Anthropology

    Institute of Economic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden

    1996

    Luis Diego Gomez

    Director of Las Cruces Biological Station

    and The Robert and Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden

    1997

    Robin Foster

    Professor of Plant Ecology, Field Museum of Natural History

    1998

    Paul Cox

    Director of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens

    1999

    Meg Lowman

    Director of Research and Conservation, Marie Selby Botanical Garden

    2000

    Peter Ashton

    Professor of Forestry

    and Faculty Fellow of the Center for International Development, Harvard University

  • 2001 - 2017

    2001

    Robin Marantz Henig

    Author & Freelance Science Writer

    2002

    Alvaro Calonje-Daly

    Director of Dolmestch Arboretum & Horticulturist, Cali, Colombia

    2003

    Robin Chazdon

    Professor of Ecology, University of Connecticut

    2004

    Peter M. Vitousek

    Clifford G. Morrison Professor in Population and Resource Studies

    Department of Biological Sciences and FSI Senior Fellow, Stanford University

    2005

    Georgia Tasker

    Journalist, Miami Herald

    2006

    Douglas Larson

    Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph

    2007

    Deborah A. Clark

    Professor, Department of Biology

    University of Missouri St. Louis

    2008

    Julie S. Denslow

    Research Ecologist and Team Leader

    Invasive Species Unit Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry

    USDA Forest Service

    2009

    Lúcia Lohmann

    Professor, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

    2010

    W. John Kress

    Curator and Research Scientist of the Department of Biology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

    2011

    Susanne Renner

    Professor and Chair of Systematic Botany and Mycology University of Munich, Director of Munich Herbarium, Director of the Munich Botanical Garden

    2012

    Carol C. Horvitz

    Professor of the Department of Biology of University of Miami, Cooper Fellow 2008-2010

    2013

    Walter S. Judd

    Distinguished Professor of Botany, University of Florida

    2014

    P. Barry Tomlinson

    Professor of Botany Emeritus at Harvard University

    2015

    Dennis W. Stevenson

    Vice President for Laboratory Research at New York Botanical Garden and Adjunct Professor at Columbia, Cornell and Yale Universities

    2016

    Helene Muller-Landau

    Lead Scientist for the Global Forest Carbon Initiative of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

    2017

    William "Ned" Friedman

    Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Director of the Arnold Arboretum, at Harvard University

    2018

    Drs. Doug E. Soltis and Pamela S. Soltis

    Distinguished Professors of Biology and Natural History, respectively, at the University of Florida