Ph.D. student Else Demeulenaere is getting a great start at assembling samples for her Serianthes dissertation work. Tuesday she went to Leiden, the Netherlands, to work at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center. It contains one of largest herbaria in the world with some 5.5 million specimens merging the major university herbaria of Leiden, Utrecht and Wageningen. Else sampled 26 taxa of Serianthes (86 samples from different locations) during her stay there from Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region.
Else is really going for it, tomorrow she is off to visit the Herbarium [P] in Paris at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle for some more Serianthes. Next week she will participate at the II International Conference on Island Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation in the Azores. Amazing start to her first year of her Ph.D.! She also was just awarded a USFWS grant in support of her dissertation research on Serianthes. Congrats Else!