From Plant Press, Vol. 19, No. 4, October 2016.
Lauren Krizel joined the Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) in the July of 2016 as Program Assistant. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from American University and her M.S. in Environmental and Energy Management from George Washington University. Krizel started her career path working with endangered piping plovers on the beaches of New York, and most recently at the Society for Conservation Biology for five years. She is based at the CTFS-ForestGEO headquarters at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
In early July, Marcelo R. Pace joined the Smithsonian’s Botany Department as a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow. He will be working under the supervision of Pedro Acevedo to explore the ontogeny and diversification of wood anatomy in Malpighiaceae and how specific, unusual types of stem secondary growth peculiar to lianas may be correlated with shifts in diversification rates in the family. Pace obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he explored the anatomical modifications different plant families of tracheophytes have undergone in the shifts from a shrub/tree to vines. His research also included the evolution and development of wood anatomy in Bignoniaceae.