Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega
, Fairchild Faculty and Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida International University delivered a talk entitled "David Fairchild and his expeditions to the Caribbean Islands" at the 2017 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
. The theme of this year's symposium was Exploring the Natural World: Plants, People, and Places
. The event took place on May 19 at the National Museum of Natural History and the US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC. During his stay in Washington DC, Dr. Francisco-Ortega also visited the US National Archives at Maryland where he studied relevant documents pertinent to the trips that David Fairchild took to the Caribbean Islands
Images below. Top, Symposium participants: left to right, Laurence J. Dorr (Chair of Department of Botany and Symposium Organizer, Smithsonian Institution), Janet Browne (Harvard University), Eliane Norman (Stetson University), Jacques Cayouette (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Pamela Henson (Smithsonian Institution), Megan Raby (University of Texas at Austin), Daniel Stone (National Geographic), and Javier Francisco-Ortega. Bottom, Page from the travelogue of Palemon H. Dorsett for the expedition that David Fairchild undertook in the Caribbean Islands (December 1931 - April 1932), courtesy of the US National Archives.